The tour is called “#YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of Yes”…there are over 30 dates in the U.S. Guitarist Steve Howe, who has been in the band since their third LP, “The Yes Album” said “Much has changed since I joined Yes in 1970, but the core elements of the band have remained consistent,We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best-loved work and revisit a few classic pieces that have been lost for a while. We look forward to sharing the 50th anniversary with the fanbase, playing classic songs that celebrate the broad musical style of Yes.”
Drummer Alan White said, “I have been blessed to be a member of this amazing band’s rhythm section for the past 46 years, mostly in the company of my great friend Chris Squire, and latterly alongside Chris’ chosen successor, Billy Sherwood, who is receiving recognition for stepping into Chris’ pre-eminent bass and vocals, Each night we are pausing to reflect on Chris’ importance to Yes, his desire that we should continue to share Yes music on stages worldwide, and the specific dedication of ‘Onward’ to his huge memory. I’m so grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to celebrating our 50th Anniversary in America. It has been a great ride!”
The current Yes line-up includes Howe, White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, bassist Billy Sherwood and vocalist Jon Davison.
The tour kicks off with a two-night stint at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL on June 5th and 6th and wraps up at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in Georgia July 28th. Go to YesWorld.com for tickets.
Original Yes vocalist Jon Anderson has also toured his own version of Yes alumni Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman, – by John Beaudin
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