Monday, December 10, 2012

Yes to perform three full albums during 2013 tour

In a career first, YES will perform three of their classic albums in their entirety, all in one concert, on a special tour in 2013.

The band will feature 1971's "The Yes Album", 1972's "Close To The Edge" and 1977's "Going For The One" performed from beginning to end.

The multi-platinum progressive rock band — bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and singer Jon Davison — will kick off the North American tour March 1 and conclude April 12 in Detroit.

The tour will mark the first time since 1973 that YES — who have sold close to 50 million albums worldwide — have performed an album onstage in its entirety.

"These albums we all easily agreed on — they are complete works in themselves," says Howe, adding that several of the songs have rarely been performed live.

"I believe the only song not performed in concert is 'A Venture' from 'The Yes Album'," adds Squire. "And probably the most tricky of all the songs planned for this set is 'Turn Of The Century' from the 'Going For The One' album."

"The Yes Album" is widely considered to be the band's breakthrough. Certified platinum, it features such signature songs as "Yours Is No Disgrace" and "I've Seen All Good People". The band's album "Close To The Edge" was on the U.S. chart for 32 weeks, peaking at No. 3. "Going For The One" went gold, hit No. 8 on the U.S. chart and featured two singles, "Wonderous Stories" (which hit No. 6) and the title track (No. 24).

"I think the 12-inch album is alive and well as reinforced by the rising interest in the analog format," says Squire when asked about the album format in the singles-driven digital age. The album, says Howe, "has never totally gone away — there are those who completely understand."

North American tour 2013

Mar 01 - West Wendover, NV - Peppermill Concert Hall *
Mar 03 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
Mar 05 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Mar 06 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
Mar 08 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Theater (at Pechanga Casino)
Mar 09 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Casino *
Mar 14 - Omaha, NE - Holland Performing Arts Center
Mar 16 - Hammond, IN - The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Mar 17 - Louisville, KY - Palace Theatre
Mar 18 - Kansas City, MO - The Midland by AMC
Mar 20 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Mar 21 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
Mar 22 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Live - Biloxi *
Mar 24 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena *
Mar 30 - Melbourne, FL - Maxwell C. King Center for the Perf. Arts
Apr 02 - Clearwater, FL - Ruck Eckerd Hall
Apr 05 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand at Foxwoods *
Apr 06 - Hampton, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Apr 07 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Apr 09 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
Apr 11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Apr 12 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre

* - YES will only perform two albums — "The Yes Album" and "Close To The Edge" — for shows at casinos due to the time constrictions of events held there.

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See also:

Yes: Live DC/DVD package due next month
Yes: New single premieres on Oldies 95.7 Seattle