2018 marks half a century since the formation of YES, one of the biggest bands in the history of progressive rock.
To celebrate the milestone YES will embark on a ten date UK tour next March – #YES50, featuring 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. They come to the Brighton Centre on Wednesday, March 21st.
The final weekend of the UK tour at the London Palladium on March 24 and 25 will include a 50th Anniversary fan convention (more details 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 25.
YES, who were 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 of 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 said: “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!!”
For a line-up of the Tour dates agreed:
Tuesday March 13 Bristol Colston Hall
Wednesday March 14 Sheffield City Hall
Friday March 16 Glasgow SEC Armadillo
Saturday March 17 Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Sunday March 18 Gateshead Sage
Tuesday March 20 Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wednesday March 21 Brighton Brighton Centre
Friday March 23 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Saturday March 24 London Palladium
Sunday March 25 London Palladium
Tuesday March 27 Tilburg 013
Wednesday March 28 Antwerp De Roma
Friday March 30 Paris Olympia
UK tickets onsale Friday, September 8 from 10am
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