Sunday, October 11, 2015

Yes announce full European tour dates

Yes have unveiled the full schedule for a spring 2016 tour of the UK and Europe.

The 5-week trek opens in Glasgow on April 27 as a part of a 10-date UK run ahead of a month of shows across Europe.

The tour will see Yes perform 1971’s “Fragile” and 1980’s “Drama” albums in their entirety.

“This is the first time we’ll be performing Drama in its entirety,” says guitarist Steve Howe. “Most of the songs haven’t been performed in some 30 years.”

The shows will see Yes alumnus Billy Sherwood handling bass duties following the June 27 death of founder Chris Squire at the age of 67 from Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

Sherwood was confirmed to fill-in for Squire for this past summer's tour of North America while the bassist underwent treatement for his health issues.

Drummer Alan White confirmed the progressive rock icons would continue following the loss of Squire – at his request.

"It's certainly going to be hard without him, but he called me and asked me to keep everything going regardless of what happens," White revealed. "So absolutely we're moving ahead. I'm gonna do it for him. The fans are behind the band and want the band to keep moving forward here. It doesn't seem like anybody's kind of given up on the band, which is really encouraging and it'll help us move things forward.

“Things can't just stop, you know? We've got to maintain the Yes name and ... meet the high standards of musicianship Chris created."

Yes were among the nominees announced this past week for induction into the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The Cleveland-based institution revealed the full list on Thursday, which also includes Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, The Cars, Steve Miller and Chicago, among others.

2016 UK / European tour

Apr 27 - Glasgow, UK - Royal Concert Hall
Apr 29 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall
Apr 30 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
May 02 - Liverpool, UK - Philharmonic
May 03 - Sheffield, UK - City Hall
May 04 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
May 06 - Birmingham, UK - Symphony Hall
May 07 - Brighton, UK - Centre
May 09 - Oxford, UK - New Theatre
May 10 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall
May 13 - Paris, FR - Olympia
May 14 - Brussels, BE - AB
May 15 - Utrecht, NL - Tivolivredenburg
May 17 - Hamburg, DE - Mehr Theater
May 19 - Frankfurt, DE - Alte Oper
May 20 - Leipzig, DE - Haus Avensee
May 21 - Berlin, DE - Admiralspalast
May 23 - Bonn, DE - Beethovenhalle
May 24 - Stuttgart, DE - Hegelsaal
May 25 - Munich, DE - Cirkus Krone
May 27 - Zurich, CH - Volkshaus
May 28 - Milan, IT - Teatro Nazionale
May 29 - Padova, IT - Gran Teatro Geox
May 31 - Florence, IT - Dbihall
Jun 01 - Rome, IT - Teatro Olimpico

See also:

Deep Purple, Yes & Cheap Trick lead 2016 Rock Hall nominees
VIDEO: Foo Fighters joined by Yes singer for Rush classic
Yes to continue following death of founder Chris Squire
Yes bassist Chris Squire dead at 67
Search Yes at hennemusic