Due to the tragic, unexpected death of guitarist Steve Howe’s beloved younger son, Virgil, YES regrettably announces that the remaining dates of their Yestival Tour in the USA have been cancelled.
Ticket refunds for the affected tour dates (in Moorhead, Cedar Rapids, London, Rochester, Boston and Huntington) will be available at point of purchase.
YES—Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood—want to thank all their fans for their support and understanding at this time.
Steve Howe and family ask for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.
YES Announces 50th Anniversary Tour
5th September 2017
The 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!!”
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.
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.
I’m writing this from a train station between London and Banbury. My train has been cancelled due to a fatality on the line. So I’ll get this week’s episode published as soon as I can but it might take some time…
£100 for a good seat. Let me know!
Yes fan David Watkinson has now a spare seat next to him, for the ARW Sunday 19th gig in London. Row P in the Stalls. David said “My old Yes fanzine collaborator can’t make the gig from Australia so I am helping him move the ticket. So if you fancy seeing a fabulous gig and a chance to talk about all things Yes, or having your Perpetual Change book signed, then the ticket is £81.00. You can meet me at the gig – I will have the tickets in hand. Anyone interested?” firstname.lastname@example.org
I asked my super-talented son, William, to take some ‘un-boxing photos’. Great record of the process! It’s a really beautiful book, packed with a ridiculous number of wonderful pictures and interviews. Get it here – if you can – stocks are running out I think!
Regardless of what you and I think of the process or the whole concept, it’s time to rejoice that Yes have finally been inducted, as they should have been many years ago. Here’s the official press release:
TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
CLASS OF 2017
20th December 2016
Yes they can! YES will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the Class of 2017, it was announced this morning. The induction, following two previous nominations, will occur one year shy of the legendary progressive rock band’s 50th anniversary.
“What an honor this is for us and all involved with the history of this band,” shares guitarist Steve Howe. “We thank all the Yes fans who have been so passionate over the decades, and helped us to keep the flag flying. It is the fans who have constantly demanded our inclusion. They have been heard.”
“We look forward to accepting this esteemed award next spring in honor of our fallen brother, Chris Squire, who would have been delighted to see his musical vision finally receive such recognition,” adds drummer Alan White. “We thank everyone who voted for Yes. We’ll see you soon, Cleveland!”
The members of YES who will officially be inducted into the Rock Hall are the “Union” tour line-up: current members White and Howe, the band’s late bassist and founding member Chris Squire, and former members Jon Anderson (vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), Tony Kaye (keyboards), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and Trevor Rabin (guitar).
“Yes was like my first girlfriend, to whom I was hopelessly committed,” says Bruford. “Despite a couple of wrinkles, I’m glad to hear the old girl is in fine shape.”
Kaye confirms, “I am honored to be included in Yes’ induction. I am delighted for my friends in the band, and I salute Chris, without whom it would never have happened. Chris would have been so very proud.”
In addition to Steve Howe and Alan White, YES’ current line-up includes Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015).
Founded in 1968 by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES have created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, such as iconic pieces “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Starship Trooper,” and countless others. Its 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, and have sold over 50 million records total in its career that has so far spanned almost five decades. Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES continues creating masterful music that inspires musicians, fans and music lovers around the world.
Look out for the episode this week when we will undoubtedly be talking about this – and add your comments here!
Many apologies to anyone who has suddenly seen lots of YMP episodes downloading to their podcatcher. This was due to some posts being duplicated in the move to the new site. I have removed most of them now so normal service should have resumed now.
We will get there!