The 2018 Prog Awards will be hosted by Al Murray on 13th September 2018.
Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn in attendance with Bill Bruford will be presenting the Prog God award to Steve Howe.
“It’s an honour to be heralded as somebody of importance, I’m flattered. I keep my awards on top of my guitar rack and this one will be added to them.”
– Steve Howe
Geoff Downes and Nathan James will perform a tribute to John Wetton at the event.
Also nominated are Chris Squire’s Fish Out Of Water for Reissue of The Year and London’s Yes Fans’ 50th Convention for Event of The Year.
YES in Atlanta, GA July 28, 2018 (photo credit: Andy Clark)
L-R: Tony Kaye, Jon Davison, Billy Sherwood, Alan White, Jay Schellen, Geoff Downes, Steve Howe
The #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES tour wrapped triumphantly July 28 with two sold-out Florida plays and a sold-out show in Atlanta, and now the prog rock pioneers would like to thank all involved for making this summer’s 35-date North American 50th Anniversary trek a big success, receiving high praise from critics and fans across the board.
“Thank you to all the fans, promoters, venues, agents and everyone else involved for helping us celebrate such a special milestone,” shares the band: Steve Howe (guitar – joined 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). “An extra special thank you goes out to founding member Tony Kaye for joining us every night, to Jay Schellen for additional drums, to Roger Dean and his team for bringing their exhibition to the East Coast dates, and to Trevor Horn, Patrick Moraz and Tom Brislin for joining us in Philadelphia for a special weekend and fan convention.” Alan White sums it up, “It was great to reconnect with friends and fans from near and far! Onward…”
Critical praise for #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES:
–John Barry, Poughkeepsie Journal, 7/25/18
“When [Tony Kaye] showed up in Anaheim, you could feel an extra surge of excitement…[Steve Howe] indulged the audience with the shrill of the steel [guitar] on the ‘Soon’ portion from ‘The Gates of Delirium.’ That one still makes the hair on my arms stand to attention. Slender and sleight, the guitarist attacks his instrument with pointed passion and precision…Tonight, there was simply no way to ignore [Howe’s] brilliance…Kaye played with abandon, asserting his might at the breaks and on an extended solo during ‘Roundabout.’ By the time the grand sweep of ‘Starship Trooper’ spread its sonic space dust over the bedazzled crowd, the majestic history of YES couldn’t have been more apparent…Tonight proved the bar has been set high.”
–Shawn Perry, Vintage Rock, 6/20/18
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–Alex Kluft, Music Connection, 6/22/18
“The opulence of the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre [in Los Angeles] with the captivating majesty of the YES experience was the absolute winning combination. As the sun was beginning to set, the legendary YES made their way to the stage, ready to celebrate their 50 Year Anniversary with the concert of a lifetime. Out onto the stage arrived a collection of the most respected musicians on the planet and what a dazzling set of YES songs they all had in store for the audience!…The grand finale was nothing short of mesmerizing…YES at 50 presents each and every member at the height of their creative energies, unleashing timeless compositions that will remain within our consciousness for an eternity. Do not miss YES50 when they arrive to captivate your town with their thrilling auditory tapestries!”
–Ken Morton, Highwire Daze, 6/26/18
“For a band to persevere through 50 years, and still perform with the virtuosity for which YES is known, is a stunning accomplishment…No other ’70s’ prog-rock group has survived with the vitality and widespread fanbase of YES. This night at the Warner [in Washington, DC] showed us why YES music is still the gold standard of prog-rock.”
–Marc Caicedo, Parklife DC, 7/27/18
“The current configuration [of YES] hearkens back to its heyday while striving to remain contemporary…Yes was always perceived as a band that combined otherworldly lyrics and vocals with superb instrumental prowess. This version remains as muscular as ever, and Howe has emerged as an honest-to-God guitar hero, as opposed to simply the brilliant guitarist he’s always been.”
–Ross Boissoneau, Local Spins, 6/29/18
“The night featured a wide range of songs from across their 21 album catalog…This wasn’t meant to be a ‘greatest hits’ show, but a celebration of the diversity of styles across the band’s 50 year history, and an homage to the late Chris Squire…YES put on a great show and it was fantastic to see Tony Kaye perform with the band that he founded 50 years ago.”
–Kevin Keating, SF Bay Area Concerts, 6/21/18
Photo by Kevin Keating ©SFBayareaconcerts.com
“YES played some of their most eccentric songs which also showcased the band’s musicianship and playing ability. ‘Perpetual Change,’ ‘Does It Really Happen?’ and ‘Soon’ were played to near perfection and the audience showed their appreciation with standing ovations at the conclusion of each song…The band put on an exceptional performance and it was an awesome evening of great music.”
–Michael Baltierra, VNYLDEN.com, 6/16/18
“Howe’s guitar playing was stellar and watching his nimble fingers move effortless across the neck of any guitar is worth the price of admission…A perfect evening of YES playing as good in 2018 as they did in 1968…actually maybe even better.”
–Pat Francis, Pop Culture Beast, 6/25/18
“These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers delivered a set for connoisseur fans of the band…Musically, oh my, is this Yes awesome; as musically proficient as any that ever taken the stage since [they] first played together in public as YES…”
–Steve Smith, Classic Pop, Rock & Country News, 7/3/18
YES (L-R): Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Alan White, Jon Davison, Billy Sherwood
Photo Credit: Gottlieb Bros.
Set-up in memory of Renshaw by his family and friends in 2012, the Ed Renshaw Music Award is intended to help young musicians, aged 16 – 25, in South East London to achieve their potential.
Receiving the Ed Renshaw Music Award not only helps young musicians fund their career plans with cash prizes for between £1,000 and £3,000 for the award-winners, but also provides mentoring and industry support from Peter Conway Management, space to practice and perform at the Albany, and artist development support.
Tickets available now at The Albany.
Five Classic Albums: The Yes Album, Fragile, Close To The Edge, The Double Album Tales From Topographic Oceans and Relayer Released on Vinyl For The First Time
THE GOTTLIEB BROS. ON THE REMARKABLE LIMITED EDITION #YES50 TOURBOOK
Read the Gottleib Bros. story behind the biggest tourbook ever!
Celebrate The Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer’s 50th Anniversary With A Vinyl Set Featuring Steven Wilson’s Remixes Of Five Classic Albums: The Yes Album, Fragile, Close To The Edge, Relayer And The Double Album, Tales From Topographic Oceans
Available 29th June 2018
YES: THE STEVEN WILSON REMIXES will be available on 29th June as a five album set. It includes remixed versions of: The Yes Album (1971), Fragile (1971), Close To The Edge (1972), the double album Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973), and Relayer (1974). Each album features remixed audio by Steven Wilson, released on vinyl for the first time.
The record case features artwork created specifically for the set by Roger Dean, whose artwork and trademark calligraphy are synonymous with the band’s identity; two of the albums, Close To The Edge and Tales From Topographic Oceans, have new cover art, while the remaining three covers have been reworked by Dean.
After their initial release in the 1970’s, Wilson’s articulate remix shines a light on the stellar performances that run deep through each of these the albums, from hits like “Roundabout” and “I’ve Seen All Good People,” to album-side length epics like “Close To The Edge” and “The Gates Of Delirium.”
The music included in this collection confirms the band’s standing as the most enduring, ambitious, and virtuosic progressive band in rock history. It also follows the band through a number of personnel changes. Starting in February 1971 with YES’s third studio release, The Yes Album, the band featured vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Tony Kaye and drummer Bill Bruford. Released just nine months later, Fragile was YES’s first release with keyboardist Rick Wakeman. The same line-up returned on 1972’s Close To The Edge. A year later, drummer Alan White made his YES debut on Tales From Topographic Oceans. And finally, keyboardist Patrick Moraz joined for Relayer in 1974.
The Steven Wilson remixes are also currently available individually on BluRay and DVD-A:
3xLP Track Listing
1. Machine Messiah
2. White Car
3. Does It Really Happen?
1. Into The Lens
2. Run Through The Light
3. Tempus Fugit
1. And You And I
2. Heart Of The Sunrise
1. The Revealing Science Of God
2. Leaves Of Green
2. Starship Trooper
Exclusive: Listen to YES performing ‘Roundabout’ from ‘Topographic Drama – Live Across America’ at Planet Rock.
Topographic Drama – Live Across America
In the Summer of 2016, YES embarked upon an ambitious tour. At each show, the band performed its 1980 album ‘Drama’ in its entirety – for the first time ever – plus sides one and four from YES’ 1973 double-album ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’ (their first number one album), together with fan favourites like ‘Roundabout’ and ‘Starship Trooper’.
Rhino salutes the influential progressive rockers – who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year – with the new live album, TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA – LIVE ACROSS AMERICA. The music will be available on 24th November as a Double-CD and a Triple-LP. Both versions feature detailed cover art designed by the band’s longtime collaborator Roger Dean.
The new collection features live performances from 12 dates recorded on the tour in February 2017, by the current Yes line-up: Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Billy Sherwood (bass), Jon Davison (vocals), and additional drummer for this tour Jay Schellen.
TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA – LIVE ACROSS AMERICA highlights the best performances from the 2017 leg of the 12-show tour and mirrors the set list from those concerts. Each night, Yes opened with all six songs from Drama (1980), the band’s tenth studio album, which peaked at No.2 on the U.K. Album Chart. Standouts include ‘Machine Messiah’, ‘Tempus Fugit’ and the album’s only single ‘Into The Lens’.
After ‘Drama’, the band shifted gears for songs from two of its best-selling albums: ‘And You And I’ from 1972’s ‘Close To The Edge’ (UK Platinum) and ‘Heart Of The Sunrise’ from 1971’s ‘Fragile’ (UK Platinum).
Next, the group played the opening and closing tracks of its concept album, ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’ (1973). Howe’s exceptional guitar work on ‘The Revealing Science Of God’ and White’s propulsive drumming on ‘Ritual’ have always been regarded as ground-breaking. The album concludes with two live staples: ‘Roundabout’ from ‘Fragile’ (1971) and ‘Starship Trooper’ from ‘The Yes Album’ (1971).
Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES was founded in 1968. The Grammy-Award® winning recording artists have sold more than 50 million records in a career that has so far spanned six decades.
2018 marks half a century since the formation of YES and to celebrate this remarkable milestone YES will embark on a 13-date UK/European tour next March – #YES50. YES also headline their Cruise to the Edge from 3rd-8th February from Tampa and visiting Belize and Mexico. Only a few cabins remain.
1. Q: How do the new live performances of Topographic differ from the originals?
2. Q: How do the new live performances of Drama differ from the originals?
Track: Machine Messiah
3. Q: How have the audience reacted to these intense, epic pieces?
Track: Tempus Fugit
4. Q: Has your contact with the audience changed?
Track: And You And I
5. Q: Tell us about working with (cover artist) Roger Dean
Track: Leaves Of Green
6. Q: Tell us about the new Roger Dean cover for Topographic Drama
Track: The Revealing Science of God
7. Q: What are your standout moments on this new live album?
Track: Does It Really Happen?
8. Q: What plans for #YES50, YES’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018?
Track: Heart Of The Sunrise
9. Q: Anything else we can look forward to when you play live?
Available for Pre-Order Now!
Esoteric Recordings and Cherry Red Records are proud to announce the release of an official limited edition deluxe boxed set of Yes founder CHRIS SQUIRE’s legendary 1975 solo album FISH OUT OF WATER on 27th April 2018.
The highlight of this limited edition deluxe boxed set is a stunning new 5.1 Surround Sound mix (exclusive to this set on an NTSC / Region Free DVD), along with a new stereo mix, from the original multi-track master tapes by JAKKO JAKSZYK and a new re-master of the original 1975 mix by Paschal Byrne. FISH OUT OF WATER also includes four bonus tracks of the single edits of ‘Lucky Seven’ and ‘Silently Falling’, along with both sides of the 1981 single by CHRIS SQUIRE and ALAN WHITE; ‘Run With the Fox’ and Return of the Fox (appearing on CD for the first time).
Always justly proud of his first solo album, it was Chris Squire’s long held wish that a 5.1 Surround mix would be undertaken of the work someday. This Esoteric Recordings edition finally brings this to fruition and is a fitting tribute to the artistry of Chris and his collaborator on the recordings, Andrew Pryce Jackman.
Alongside this deluxe edition, there will also be a new 2 CD edition of FISH OUT OF WATER which features the new Stereo mix, the new re-mastered original stereo mix and four bonus tracks.
On 3rd August, 1968, YES played their first concert at the East Mersea Youth Camp in Essex.
In August 2017, YES entered 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 on this Tour. We have some exciting announcements about #YES50 – our 50th Anniversary celebrpations planned for 2018 – see above.
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..”
Peter Banks was one of the original members of YES and an accomplished guitarist, but sadly passed away in 2013.
Two releases have been prepared in his memory, by The Peter Banks Musical Estate, during the 5th anniversary of his passing and the 50th Anniversary of YES.
Leave your tributes and memories on the Remembering Peter Banks Facebook Page
PREORDER EMPIRE feat. Peter Banks & Sydney Foxx
The Complete Recordings (2017 Remaster)
This is the first release by The Peter Banks Musical Estate and fully endorsed by Sydney Jordan (Foxx). The set includes the songs from all three Empire studio albums and The Mars Tapes, with new artwork and a 40 page booklet featuring six different sets of liner notes and extensive pictures from the personal archives of band members.
PREORDER Downes Braide Association’s new album ‘Skyscraper Souls’ with Cover Art by Roger Dean.
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.
YES – THE STEVEN WILSON REMIXES – 6LP Box Set
scores a perfect 10/10 in Classic Rock Magazine
Pre-order your copy on Amazon now at http://bit.ly/YesSWRemixes
Pop Culture Beast – “A perfect evening of YES playing as good in 2018 as they did in 1968… actually maybe even better.” Concert Review: YES Live at The Ford Theatre Los Angeles, CA 6/19/18
VYNLDEN – 50 Years of YES at Chateau Ste Michelle. review
Idaho Press – Got your tickets to Yes? A conversation with the prog rock group’s Geoff Downes.
Mile High Feedback – Q&A with Geoff Downes.
Mile High Feedback – Review: #YES50 at Paramount Theatre.
Herald Palladum – Geoff Downes speaks to The Herald-Palladium ahead of #YES50 Anniversary concert at Four Winds Casinos
Rock History Radio – Alan white speaks to John Beaudin
Alan White talks about Tony Kaye’s return to YES
Alan White remembers being threatened into joining YES
Anti Music – Interview with Tony Kaye
HighWire Daze – Interview with Geoff Downes
Classic Rock Revisited – Interview with Steve Howe
Cryptic Rock – Interview with Steve Howe
ABC New Radio Online – Tony Kaye to join YES as special guest on #YES50 Anniversary Tour
Planet Rock – Steve Howe to release collaborative album with late son Virgil as a ‘tribute to his life and legacy’
Team Rock – Steve Howe talks about the challenges of revisiting Tales From Topographic Oceans
Guitar World – Steve Howe and Yes Gear Up for This Summer’s Yestival Tour.
This Is Reno – PHOTOS: YES at the Grand Sierra Resort
Music Existence – San MacIntosh reviews YESTIVAL at Microsoft Theater
LA Daily News – Steve Smith Reviews YESTIVAL.
Sierra Sun – Interview with Geoff Downes
Bravewords – Interview with Billy Sherwood.
Arizona Republic – Yes drummer Alan White talks rock hall, Yestival and that time he hung up on John Lennon.
FLY FROM HERE – RETURN TRIP – The remixed version of Fly From Here feat. new vocals from Trevor Horn and an additional song.
TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS – Steven Wilson HiRes 24-96 5.1 & Stereo Remixes – NOW AVAILABLE TO PREORDER AT AMAZON:
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.