On 3rd August, 1968, YES played their first concert at the East Mersea Youth Camp in Essex.
Today, 4th Aug 2017, YES is entering our 50th year in existence, with the first night of the #YESTIVAL USA & Canada Tour at White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex, North Carolina, USA (see more below).
We are so pleased to be playing for you tonight and on this Tour. We have some exciting announcements coming up soon about #YES50 – our 50th Anniversary celebrations planned for 2018 – we’ll keep you updated here on yesworld.com.
All of us in YES hope you will join us in celebrating the life and legacy of our wonderful band, and we would most of all like to express our gratitude to our incredible fans who have stuck with us for all these years.
“Time, like gold dust, brings mind down..”
YESTIVAL – Tour Dates Announced
As announced on YES’s SiriusXM show, the YESTIVAL Tour will feature YES, Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy.
For these 2017 YESTIVAL shows, YES will play one track live, from each studio album from YES (1969) to DRAMA (1980), chronologically, with a few surprises thrown in.
YES & Alan White welcome Dylan Howe for 31 dates of the USA YESTIVAL Tour
“It’s a pleasure for me to welcome Dylan Howe to the YES stage,” shares White. “I’ve known Dylan for most of his life and I’m proud to think I’ve helped to be an inspiration in his musical journey. I’m very much looking forward to performing with him this summer for the upcoming YES tour.”
“I feel very honored and fortunate to have got the call to join YES this summer,” adds Dylan. “This to me is, quite possibly, the musical zenith of my career – my love for this music and the great musicianship that runs through it has always been a massive inspiration to me. Bill and Alan’s drumming is why I started playing the drums in the first place, and to have the opportunity to honor their great contribution to drumming whilst playing alongside Alan with my brilliant father and this outstanding lineup is a dream come true for me.”
Tour Video Diary
Beginning Saturday July 29, the band members in YES have started keeping a Video Diary of the #YESTIVAL and YES USA & Canada 2017 Tour.
This unique Video Diary, made in conjunction with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Live Nation, will give the band’s dedicated and longstanding multi-generational fans, and all music lovers, a look at touring from the band’s point of view.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
In addition, as part of the Cleveland YESTIVAL date, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate the 2017 Inductees with a week-long series of events August 15-20. Fans are invited to the Rock Hall to celebrate the music and influence of YES with a week of live music, programs, films, and a dedication for the 2017 Inductee exhibit with members of the band. Visit www.rockhall.com for more details.
“YES is an immensely talented band whose fans tirelessly pursued recognition for them into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” said Greg Harris, President and CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. “We’re celebrating the sounds and legacy of the prog-rock giants and 2017 Inductees with a week of events at the Rock Hall with fans around the globe.”
This summer’s annual trek will feature a set list of Greatest Hits from all of the band’s studio albums up to 1980, showcasing the storied history of one of the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands. YES–Steve Howe (guitar since 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015)–will treat fans to such hits as “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper,” performing at least one song from each of the band’s first 10 albums starting with 1969’s Yes to 1980’s Drama.
What would be your ultimate 10 Track YES setlist from these albums? Let us know on Facebook!
Dates and Ticket Links
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Aug 05 – Holmes Convocation Center, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Aug 07 – Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
Aug 08 – Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA
Aug 10 – The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Aug 11 – Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY
Aug 12 – P.N.C. Bank Center, Holmdel, NJ
Aug 14 – Hershey Theatre, Hershey, PA
Aug 16 – The Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA
Aug 17 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
Aug 19 – Festival Park – Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, IL
Aug 20 – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland, OH – A benefit for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Aug 22 – The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 23 – Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TX
Aug 25 – Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Aug 26 – The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Aug 28 – Balboa Theatre, San Diego, CA – only Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy supporting
Aug 29 – Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Aug 31 – Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV – YES only – no support
Sep 01 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA – YES only – no support
Sep 03 – Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
Sep 05 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 07 – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 08 – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 11 – Bluestem Center For The Arts Amphitheatre, Moorhead, MN – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 12 – McGrath Amphitheatre, Cedar Rapids, IA – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 14 – Budweiser Gardens, London, ON – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 15 – Roc Dome Arena, Rochester, NY – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 17 – The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA – YES only – no support
Sep 18 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY – YES only – no support
Sep 19 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY – YES only – no support
An Artist Confidential with YES
SiriusXM VOLUME (ch106) presents: An Artist Confidential with YES hosted by David Fricke on April 5th at 8pm ET, 5pm PT
The hour-long event will feature an interview (plus acoustic performances of ‘Leaves of Green’, ‘Clap’ & ‘Roundabout’) with the current YES line-up of Rock Hall inductees Steve Howe (guitar) and Alan White (drums), plus Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined Yes in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015).
Watch & listen on Facebook Live here.
#askYES – Q&A with Steve Howe – March 2017
On 23 March 2017 on Facebook.. You asked.. and he answered.
“When a band has that respect for each other and creates the love; then you deliver.”
Steve Howe talks about YES past and present, touring, technique and equipment in this masterclass from YES’s guitar maestro.
Read more here.
#askYES – Q&A with Alan White – March 2017
On 15 March 2017 on Facebook.. You asked.. and he answered.
In this massive, in-depth Q&A, Alan White covers all aspects of his career from playing with John Lennon & George Harrison to his 45 years with YES and all points in between.
YES ‘Album Series’ Tales/Drama USA Tour Reviews
“Shying away from their main stream hits for this tour, as a gift to their fans base, they began their set by playing all six songs of the Drama album. Nearly every song yielded a standing ovation from the crowd and some people stood up alone when the feeling moved them to do so.
The Drama album was followed up by You and I from their 1972 Close To The Edge album and Perpetual Change from their 1971 The Yes Album.
The first set was inspiring and immaculately performed. If anyone in the audience had any reservations about seeing them live without their original line up; those reservations were a distant memory. I would have never imagined that anyone could fill Jon Anderson’s shoes. But Jon Davison’s soaring vocals match so well you may never know you were listening to a different person.
The band took an intermission and fans made their way to the wine tables in the lobby still high from the opus they just experienced.
When the performance started again they opened with possibly their most inspiring song from Tales from Topographic Oceans; The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn). It was nearly 20 minutes of seat gripping bliss.
It would not be a Yes concert without at least one Steve Howe solo. Tucked away in the song The Ancient is a little segment they like to call Leaves of Green. When Steve plays it, you can feel his deep connection to this song. I have seen it in live recordings many times in my life but nothing compares to hearing it live.
They ended their set with The Ritual (Nous Somme Du Soleil). Intricate and extraordinary, I am certain that there were members of the audience that had a spiritual moment during this song.
The band received a long standing ovation at the end and treated their fans to a three song encore. Roundabout kept everyone moving on their feet and most the crowd stayed standing for Starship Trooper.
Just as we thought the concert was over the band played tribute to John Wetton of the group Asia, who passed away this January 31st, with the song Heat of the Moment. Changing nothing from the original song it was flawlessly preformed.
As fans walked to their cars everyone was still excited. I could over hear comments about the show. I believe my favorite was, “As an Atheist, music like this could make me believe there is a God”. Yes, for all of the creativity and imagination that went into creating and producing their music, Yes live is still out of this world.” – Lori Dantzler, Flick of the Finger Magazine.
“The pieces were nothing short of a tour de force of musical ambition, complexity and remarkable synchronicity. It sounded outstanding. This version of YES seems to play at a higher level, a more powerful level, like they’ve been together a decade or more. These guys are on no nostalgia tour. They play it like they mean business, with little intention of slowing down” – Raymond Britt, Chicago Tribune
Visually, YES have stepped up the production on the tour courtesy of video designer Andy Clark and lighting designer Don Weeks, with multiple video feeds featuring Roger Dean imagery, from waterfalls and floating islands to topographic landscapes, bioluminescence, deep sea creatures, jellyfish, and marine life.
“With a large LED background that displayed colorful graphics as well as the occasional YES logo, the band delivered over 2½ hours of classic music that had attendees picking their jaws up off the floor.” – Chris Loomis, SoCal Music Today
But here’s a more shocking truth: The version of Yes aboard this year’s Cruise to the Edge sounded sharper and more engaged than they have in a decade. – Ryan Reed, Ultimate Classic Rock
“Yes continues with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative.” – Tampa Bay Newspapers
Goldmine Magazine – Cover feature and interview with Alan
Best Classic Bands – Alan White on Yes, the Rock Hall, Chris Squire.
Demand for 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony reaches peak levels – Tickets for the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony held at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, sell out within an hour.
Yes and Rush to turn 2017 Roll Hall Ceremony into prog-rock gala – “The induction of Yes, and Rush’s presence at this year’s ceremony should also shine a lot on other longtime snubs in terms of progressive rock bands.”
YES to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Class of 2017 – The 1991 YES ‘UNION’ Tour line-up – Chris Squire, Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Tony Kaye, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Alan White & Trevor Rabin – will be inducted in a ceremony at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, on April 7th 2017. Find out more here.
Cruise to the Edge 2017: Yes Revamp ‘Drama,’ Honor John Wetton
“During their second set, the band deviated from their own catalog for an especially poignant moment – paying tribute to late John Wetton, the prog icon and bass guitar master who spent many years alongside Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes in Asia. In the encore, the quintet performed that band’s signature 1982 hit “Heat of the Moment”” – Ultimate Classic Rock
Geoff Downes’ statement on the passing of John Wetton.
We are all very sad to hear of the passing of our friend, the legendary Greg Lake. Our thoughts & condolences are with Regina & Natasha & all the family – YES.
GREAT NEWS – Alan White rejoins YES for Japan Tour, Cruise To The Edge & Feb USA Tour
YES announce continuation of DRAMA/Tales1&4 USA Tour with several dates in February
YES sails on Cruise To The Edge, in February, with an all-star lineup of Progressive Rock icons. Don’t miss this landmark Artist/Fan Cruise Experience! Only a few cabins remain… Book Now at www.CruiseToTheEdge.com.
Esquire III – No Spare Planet (featuring Nikki Squire) – OUT NOW
Action Moves People United: Alan White, Geoff Downes, Patrick Moraz and over 300 other international artists contribute to a 45 track double CD album of musical spoken word and songs, officially released on Sept 21, 2016. (International World Peace Day)
Available on iTunes, Amazon and other sites worldwide.
FOR GRAMMY CONSIDERATION: 59th Grammy® Awards2016
BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM
Action Moves People United album – featuring Alan White, Geoff Downes & Patrick Moraz from YES
BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTS AND VOCALS
Action Moves People United – ‘Enlighten Your Soul’ – featuring Alan White from YES
Alan also nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award for ‘Enlighten Your Soul’!
The War For The Cure – Alan White is overjoyed to be asked to perform on this song written by his daughter Cassi and Levi Ware. He believes this song could bring new understanding, hope, and resources to the families so affected by this devastating disease.
YES 7″ single – Roundabout/Into The Lens available only at the 2016 Yes USA Tour Merch Stand.
Islands and Bridges – The Art of Roger Dean: Free Exhibition at Manx Museum, Isle of Man 20/8 to 19/11/2016.
Islands and Bridges – The Art of Roger Dean: Stamp Sets from IOM Post Office.
‘The Future Left Behind‘ – Billy Sherwood & Rick Wakeman guest on Leon Alvarado’s new album.
SPOILER ALERT – Billy Sherwood answers your latest Facebook & Twitter questions.
Steve Howe – Homebrew 6 OUT NOW on Amazon & iTunes
Geoff Downes – “Probably a YES U.S. Summer Tour, then Japan in November”
Billy Sherwood & Tony Kaye – Live In Japan – get Ltd Ed Signed Postcard w Cherry Red preorder
Invention Of Knowledge – Jon Anderson, Roine Stolt join forces
Time and a Word: The Yes Story – New book by Martin Popoff – Out now on Amazon
Classic Drummer Hall of Fame – Alan White a 2016 inductee
Den of Geek – The TV and Film Credits Of ELO And Yes
LA Times – Watch Geddy Lee perform Roundabout with YES.
Guitar Aficionado – Watch Geddy Lee perform with YES at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Poll Star – Yes They Can! YES announce summer tour ‘Yestival’ following Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induciton
Forbes – Ann Wilson of Heart is singing “I’ve Seen All Good People” on her solo tour.
Vintage Rock – Cruise To The Edge: Where The Prog Meets The Sea
ABC News Radio Online – Ex-Yes singer Jon Anderson says since band’s Rock Hall induction was announced, “people wave at me”
Blurt Online – Time & A Few Words With… Alan White of YES
Mahaffey Theater – Steve Howe talks to Bill De Young from the Mahaffey Theater blog.
Ultimate Classic Rock – Cruise To The Edge 2017
Gibson – From the Vault: 10 Wild and Wonderful Vintage Gibson Ads
Artist Direct Interviews – Jon Anderson talks about longevity, experimentation & the legendary status of YES.
I Love Classic Rock – Steven Howe Reveals The Shocking Reason He Turned Down An Offer To Join This Legendary Rock Band
Neo Music Scene – Jon Anderson exclusive interview
Newsweek INT. – Steve Howe speaks to Newsweek about his Hall of Fame Career
Mountain Xpress – André Cholmondeley: tour manager and guitar tech to the stars
Cleveland.com – YES to be inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.
Anti Music – A Look Back At YES’ ‘Fragile’ Album 45 Years Later
Newcastle News – Alan White to be inducted in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Classic Rock Revisited – Alan White – The Hall of Fame says “YES!”
Antimusic.com – Jon Anderson Believes YES Will Reunite For Rock Hall Induction
RADIO.COM – Yes: Why They Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
ROCK HALL MONITORS – Predictions for the Class of 2017
Ultimate Classic Rock – 5 Reasons Yes Should Be in the Hall of Fame
Creative Loafing Tampa – Yes tour includes stops in Tampa, St. Pete and more
Ultimate Classic Rock – Yes’ Geoff Downes Talks ‘Drama’ Tour, Cruise to the Edge and More: Exclusive Interview
Full Access Magazine – “Yes is a very special thing to be a part of and I am very happy that I can continue to be a part of it.” Steve Howe interview
MSOPR – Press Release
High Wire Daze – “YES is an international treasure who continue to challenge and inspire musicians all over the world.”
Grateful Web – “There is physically and emotionally very little holding this band back.”
Hunny Pot Unlimited – “It’s definitely a “bucket-list” type of show that leaves nothing (and everything) to one’s imagination.”
Santa Barbara Independent – “Yes keeps it real by honoring the legacies of all the musicians who have contributed to this challenging body of music.”
Vegas24Seven – “Finishing their Las Vegas performance with sonics and style, the London-based band delighted fans with a medley of their greatest hits.”
SoCal Music Today – “Every aspect of this night was spot on and YES proved once again they are still alive and well and can deliver an above top-notch performance.”
Music Existence – “You will not want to miss this show.”
OC Weekly – “It’s an amazing production, I feel like we’ve reached a new height.” – Interview with Jon Davison
Tomorrow’s Verse – “The production with first class. Everyone went home on a high note, lively and inspired.”
OC Register – “In the 1970s, we used to just go out and play this stuff not as closely to the record, because we felt like we didn’t have to. Now we don’t feel like we have to, but we want to.” – Interview with Steve Howe
1 BluRay & 3 CDs: http://bit.ly/yes-tfto-bluray
2 DVD-As & 2CDs: http://bit.ly/yes-tfto-dvd
Progeny – 14 CD Box set of 7 shows from 1972.
The Studio Albums 1969-1987 – All the classic albums in a CD Box Set from Amazon; download in HiRes 24-192, 24-96 or 24-44.1 from HDTracks UK, HDTracks USA or Qobuz, or as AACs from iTunes.
Heaven and Earth – The newest YES Studio Album
Like It Is – At The Bristol Hippodrome (Going For The One & The Yes Album, live 2014)
Like It Is – At The Mesa Arts Centre (Close To The Edge & Fragile, live 2014)
With some rest and physical therapy, I should be back in good form and ready to rejoin the Summer YES Tour in the near future. I’m eager to be on the road with the band but also need to ensure my recovery is complete before doing so.
Until I’m able to rejoin the tour, my good friend Jay Schellen will be performing with the band and keeping my drum stool warm. Please welcome him to our YES family; he’s doing a great service by stepping in last minute so as to not disappoint everyone hoping to see YES music performed live this summer.
Please know that I’ll be back as soon as physically possible and looking forward to taking my place on stage with the band.
Thanks for all your well wishes and support.