UK Tour 2018 Announced

#YES50

YES Announces 50th Anniversary Tour

5th September 2017

Yes LiveThe year 2018 marks half a century since the formation of the legendary group YES, one of the biggest bands in prog-rock history and true pioneers of the genre. To celebrate this remarkable milestone YES will embark on a 10-date UK tour next March – #YES50.

On this not-to-be-missed tour, YES [Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood] will feature not only many of the band’s classic hits but performances of sides 1 and 4 and an excerpt from Side 3 of their 1973 album Tales from Topographic Oceans, which was the first Yes album to top the UK album charts. YES will also play some European shows. Watch this space for more dates.

The final weekend of the UK tour at the London Palladium on 24th and 25th March will include a 50th Anniversary fan convention – more details of the anniversary celebrations will be announced soon. Roger Dean (whose fantastical landscapes have become synonymous with the band’s albums) will unveil new “Close To The Edge” paintings at the Palladium on March 25th.

YES, deservedly inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in April 2017, will release “Topographic Drama – Live Across America”, a new live album, planned for later in the year, recorded during their US 2016/17 tours.

Talking about their 50th Anniversary, Steve Howe said, “We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best loved work – we want to play things we enjoy, maybe songs we haven’t done in a while.” Geoff Downes adds “I feel enormously privileged be a part of the legacy of the incredible and unique line of musicians in YES. The band has always remained fresh and inventive throughout its 50-year history, and created an amazing catalogue of music that has inspired millions from all generations.”

Alan White says “Reflecting on the past 46 years that I’ve devoted my life to playing Yes music, it’s been an interesting journey and a true labour of love. I’ve always believed in the power of music and the band’s recent induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and our Grammy awarded in 1985 are testament to the longevity of influence our music has had through the years. I’m extremely grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to our 50th Anniversary performing together in 2018. It’s been a great ride!!”

TOUR DATES

MARCH 2018 (UK & Europe)

Tues 13th Bristol Colston Hall

Weds 14th Sheffield City Hall

Fri 16th Glasgow SEC Armadillo

Sat 17th Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Sun 18th Gateshead Sage

Tues 20th Birmingham Symphony Hall

Weds 21st Brighton Centre

Fri 23rd Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Sat 24th London Palladium

Sun 25th London Palladium

Tue 27th Tilburg 013

Wed 28th Antwerp De Roma

Fri 30th Paris Olympia
UK Tickets onsale Friday 8th September from 10.00am.

Available from BookingsDirect.com 24hr Ticket Hotline 0844 249 2222 (subject to fees). Also available from venue box offices and select authorised ticket agencies.

Front row, Meet & Greet & VIP packages are available from YESWORLD.com

There is no support. Please see ticket for start time.

About YES:

YES is: –

• Steve Howe: guitars, backing vocals (1970 –1981, 1990–1992, 1995–present)

• Alan White: drums, percussion (1972 – present)

• Geoff Downes: keyboards (1980–1981, 2011–present)

• Billy Sherwood: guitar, backing vocals ((1994, 1997–2000), bass guitar, backing vocals (2015–present)

• Jon Davison: lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2012–present)

Founded in 1968 by the late and much-missed Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artist YES has created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, including iconic pieces such as “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Starship Trooper,” and countless others. The band’s albums, including Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going For the One and 90125, have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA, selling over 50 million records during the band’s long and successful career that has so far spanned six decades. YES is undeniably one of the world’s all time most influential, ground-breaking, respected and loved progressive rock bands.

More on Yes keyboard players – 278

Yes logo by Roger Dean – of course!

Produced by Preston Frazier, David Gordon, Bill Govier, Wayne Hall and Michel Arsenault.

After a suggestion by Jeremy North, we look at live performances by Yes keyboard players including Kaye playing Wakeman and Wakeman playing Kaye. There’s a great video doing the rounds of four Yes keyboard players playing the same Close to the Edge solo and it was a lot of fun to look at that carefully. Mark also reviews the debut Flash record which features Tony Kaye soon after he left Yes for the first time and we enter the dangerous waters of what Yes and ARW need to do (if anything) to legitimise their claim to the name of ‘Yes’.

  • Who plays the best Close to the Edge solo?
  • How do Rick Wakeman and Tony Kaye approach each other’s parts?
  • Which approaches work best?

Listen to the episode then let us know what you think!

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Yes Music PodcastYMP patrons:

Preston Frazier | David Gordon | Bill Govier | Wayne Hall | Michel Arsenault

Joseph Cottrell | Jeffrey Crecelius | Michael O’Connor | Paul Tomei | Geoffrey Mason | Lobate Scarp | Fergus Cubbage

Paul Wilson | Jamie McQuinn | Miguel Falcão | Ken Fuller | David Pannell | Brian Sullivan | Joost Doesburg | Jeremy North | Tim Stannard | David Watkinson | Steve Roehr | Geoff Baillie | William Hayes

Robert


The 4 Yes keyboardists video:

Tony Kaye in Big Generator mode playing Rick Wakeman’s part

Dave Watkinson’s photos of items from Trading Boundaries:

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2016’s Christmas Presents and Top 3s – 263

Union on 180g vinyl!
Union on 180g vinyl!

Produced by Preston Frazier, David Gordon, Bill Govier, Wayne Hall and Michel Arsenault.

It’s New Year 2017 so Mark and I take some time out to compare our Yes-related Christmas presents. Also, we pick our top 3 Yes happenings of 2016 – and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the gift which keeps on giving with news from Rick Wakeman!

  • What did we receive for Christmas?
  • What are our top funny important and surprising 2016 Yes happenings?
  • What do you make of Rick Wakeman’s announcement that he will attend the Rock Hall induction ceremony after all?

Listen to the episode then let us know what you think!

Become a YMP Patron!

If you would like to support the Yes Music Podcast, there is a new Patreon page where you can sign up.


Yes Music PodcastYMP patrons:

Preston Frazier | David Gordon | Bill Govier | Wayne Hall | Michel Arsenault

Joseph Cottrell | Jeffrey Crecelius | Michael O’Connor | Paul Tomei | Julio Scissors | Geoffrey Mason | Lobate Scarp

Paul Wilson | Jamie McQuinn | Miguel Falcão | Ken Fuller | David Pannell | Brian Sullivan | Joost Doesburg | Jeremy North | Tim Stannard | David Watkinson

Robert


Kevin’s Christmas Yes haul:

Mark’s Christmas presents

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Favourites from the Internet plus Yes or Anderson Rabin Wakeman – which is more authentic? 240

Yes' home on the web - YesWorld.com
Yes’ home on the web – YesWorld.com

We are trying out a new format on the podcast beginning this week. There’s the usual news and an album review from Mark (Keys to Ascension II) but then I take part in a discussion of Mark’s 2 Pence which is about how the Internet has changed how we find out about our favourite band and we also have a chance to discuss an email from Joseph Cottrell about the authenticity of the current touring Yes band compared with Anderson Rabin Wakeman – ARW.

  • What’s KTAII like?
  • What have you discovered which amazed you about Yes from the web?
  • Are ARW more Yes than Yes?

Listen to the episode then let me know what you think!

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A post-holiday round up – 239

Chris Bandini went to see Yes recently...
Chris Bandini went to see Yes recently…

I’m back from holiday but am still on leave from work so U just have time for an update. However, the ever-reliable Mark has a review of Rick Wakeman’s latest offering, King Arthur, and a two pence segment.

  • How are the band sounding?
  • What is Rick Wakeman’s latest recording like?
  • Should Wakeman have returned to King Arthur??

Listen to the episode then let me know what you think!

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Hidden Yes gems in your collection – 219

Yesterdays
Yesterdays Roger Dean label

In a shorter episode because of Easter, I think about some aspects of Yes albums I don’t normally dwell on. Also, Mark Anthony K reviews a remarkable Billy Sherwood album.

  • What hidden gems can you think of?
  • What are your favourite vinyl record labels?
  • Are CDs as good as you older record labels?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

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Fragile Definitive Edition, mixed by Steven Wilson – part 1- 217

 

Fagile
CD/Blu-ray purchased 2016

Despite what I say at the beginning of the episode, this is definitely episode 217. I finally manage to crack open my copy of the Steven Wilson Fragile remixes. Also, Mark Anthony K spins Rick Wakeman’s Sea Airs and there’s a news round up.

  • What has Steven Wilson managed to find in the archives?
  • How does the new version of Fragile ‘feel’?
  • Why might Mark fall asleep at the wheel listening to this Wakeman record?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

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Roger Dean’s Views – 205

Views
Views, by Roger Dean – a gift from Conan

After a very kind gift from Conan J Robison, I am now the proud owner of ‘Views’ by Roger Dean. Published in 1975, this is an amazing book.

  • What else did Roger Dean do at the start of his career?
  • Is there a link between Roger Dean’s art and Yes’ music?
  • How much of Dean’s work for Yes is covered in this book?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

 

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Anderson Ponty Band Competition! – Episode 197

APB Better Late Than Never
Anderson Ponty Band – Better Late Than Never

The ‘Happening’ I keep referring to was postponed again this week which only left me enough time to do a very short episode containing a review of ABWH by Mark Anthony K and the details of how to enter the Anderson Ponty Band competition to win one of two copies of the new album, ‘Better Late Than Never’!

  • Send your competition entry to show@yesmusicpodcast.com
  • What does Mark Anthony K think of ABWH?
  • Was it really all peace and harmony in the band at the time?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

 

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From a time when Yes was West and ABWH – Episode 195

Yes Magazine
Yes Magazine Volume 2 Number 2

In the absence of the ‘happening’ I was expecting this week, I have looked at another of Carl Coppage’s brilliant Yes Magazine scans – this one from January 1990 when Trevor Rabin was leading ‘Yes West’ and ABWH were ebarking on a tour of the US.

  • What can we learn about Yes West vs. ABWH?
  • Did it look like ABWH would continue into a second album?
  • What about Rabin’s Yes West? Were there long-term plans? Did they have a singer?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

 

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