YES Announces UK Tour The Album Series UK 2020 Tour – Relayer plus Classic Cuts

YES, one of the most innovative of all prog-rock bands, and true legends of the genre, have announced a 8-date UK tour for May and June of 2020. The Album Series 2020 Tour will feature their 1974 Relayer album in its entirety together with a selection of other classic YES favourites. An extensive European tour will be announced soon.

This tour follows their 2018 highly successful #YES50 Anniversary tour and again features the line-up of Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals), Jon Davison (vocals) and Jay Schellen (additional drums and percussion).

The show will comprise two sets by the band with full production and a high definition video wall. The first will feature favourite classic tracks from YES’ extensive catalogue. The second will feature Relayer, the seventh studio album by YES, and one of the band’s most distinctive. Relayer marked a slight change in direction as Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman on keyboards bringing an edgier, avant-garde feel to the album. This was perfect for the opening track Gates Of Delirium, almost 22 minutes in length, with its battle scene featuring the keyboard of Moraz and Steve Howe’s guitar. The battle gives way to the beautiful closing ballad Soon, a prayer for peace and hope.

The album continues with Sound Chaser, a prog-rock-jazz fusion experiment heavily influenced by Moraz’s style and To Be Over, a calm and gentle conclusion to the album, based on a melody by Steve Howe.

Released in late 1974 on Atlantic Records, Relayer continued YES’ success reaching number 4 in the UK album chart and number 5 in the US Billboard chart.

Steve Howe: “We are really looking forward to playing ALL of the Relayer album. Having premiered The Gates Of Delirium this year, we continue by expanding our Album Series with all the tracks: The Gates Of Delirium, Sound Chaser and To Be Over. During the first half of the evening we’ll be performing a refined selection from YES‘ enormous 50 year + repertoire. See you there!”

Alan White: “I always enjoy coming home to England so I’m especially looking forward to YES‘ upcoming ‘Album Series 2020’ tour. ‘Relayer’ I believe, is one of the most creative and interesting musical compilations in the bands repertoire. Challenging and extremely enjoyable to play, I’m happy to be bringing this music back to live stages throughout Europe. I hope all who attend our shows will enjoy these cuts as much as we like performing them for our audiences.”

Tickets go onsale at 10.00am Friday 11th October and are available from:

24hr Ticket Hotline: 0844 249 2222
Online: bookingsdirect.com
Meet & Greet packages available, for info see below.
Showtime is 8pm.

Roger Dean will attend every show on the UK and European dates, and will have an exhibition of his iconic art, will be available to chat with fans front of house and sign merch, plus will be in the VIP meet and greets.

UK dates are as follows

Date

Venue

Tickets


Tuesday 26 May
Philharmonic Hall,
Liverpool
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Wednesday 27 May
Royal Concert Hall,
Nottingham
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Friday 29 May
Barbican,
York
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Saturday 30 May
The Sage,
Gateshead
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Sunday 31 May
Royal Concert Hall,
Glasgow
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Tuesday 2 June
Symphony Hall,
Birmingham
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Wednesday 3 June
Bridgewater Hall,
Manchester
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Friday 5 June
Royal Albert Hall,
London
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VIP Experiences

Meet & Greet Package

  • One premium ticket
  • Exclusive meet & greet with YES
  • Personal photograph with YES
  • Autograph session with YES
  • Official YES limited edition brochure
  • YES tour VIP meet & greet laminate
  • 2 Limited edition YES gifts (exclusive to VIP packages only)
  • Collectable YES tour lithograph designed by Roger Dean (limited print, numbered)
  • On-site VIP host
  • Limited availability

Available at BookingsDirect.com

Souvenir Merchandise Package

  • Official YES limited edition brochure
  • 2 Limited edition YES gifts (exclusive to VIP packages only)
  • Collectable YES tour lithograph designed by Roger Dean (limited print, numbered)
  • On-site VIP host
  • Collectible tour poster designed by Roger Dean limited print
  • Limited availability

Available as an upgrade only at BookingsDirect.com

VIP Experience

Stalls Seat with Hospitality at London Royal Albert Hall

  • VIP seat in the stalls
  • Pre-show standing reception in the VIP hospitality suite with unlimited quality wine, beer and soft drinks for approx. 1hr 15mins. Guests return to hospitality during the interval for refreshments
  • Luxury menu of canapés and hot and cold bowl food served throughout the reception
  • Souvenir programme (one peer 2 tickets)
  • VIP ticket wallet and ‘VIP Experience’ hospitality pass

4 and 8 Seater boxes also available.
See full details of Royal Albert Hall VIP Experiences at royalalberthall.com

About YES

Steve Howe: guitars, backing vocals (1970 –1981, 1990–1992, 1995–present)
Alan White: drums, percussion (1972 – present)
Geoff Downes: keyboards (1980–1981, 2011–present)
Jon Davison: lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2012–present)
Billy Sherwood: guitar, backing vocals (1994, 1997–2000), bass guitar, backing vocals (2015–present)

Formed in 1968 by Jon Anderson and the late, and much-missed, Chris Squire, YES have been one of the most innovative, influential and best-loved bands in rock music history. Their 1970s albums The Yes Album, Fragile, Close To The Edge, Yessongs (a triple live album set), Tales From Topographic Oceans, Relayer and Going For The One were ground-breaking in musical style and content. Their music also became synonymous with artist Roger Dean whose distinctive YES logo design and artwork adorned the lavish gatefold presentation sleeves of many YES albums.

With sales of over 50 million records, the Grammy-award winning YES were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017 where they performed Roundabout from the album Fragile and the FM radio-friendly Owner Of A Lonely Heart from the 1985 album 90125.