Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Yes announce 50th anniversary tour

Yes have announced the first series of dates for a 50th anniversary tour.

The 2018 trek will open in Bristol, UK on March 13 as part of a 10-show UK run before the band heads to Europe for more performances.

The tour will see the group – guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, singer Jon Davison and bassist Billy Sherwood – feature not only many of the band’s classic hits, but performances of Sides 1 and 4 and an excerpt from Side 3 of their 1973 album, “Tales From Topographic Oceans”, which was the outfit’s first album to top the UK Album Charts.

“We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best loved work,” explains Howe, “we want to play things we enjoy, maybe songs we haven’t done in a while.”

"Reflecting on the past 46 years that I've devoted my life to playing Yes music, it's been an interesting journey and a true labor of love,” adds White. “I've always believed in the power of music and the band's recent induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and our Grammy (awarded in 1985) are testament to the longevity of influence our music has had through the years.

“I'm extremely grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to our 50th Anniversary performing together in 2018. It's been a great ride!!”

Tickets for the first series of shows will go on sale on September 8 from 10am via Bookings Direct, the venue box offices and via the ticket hotline: 0844 249 2222.

Front row, Meet & Greet and VIP packages are available from Yesworld.

More European dates will be announced soon.

Yes was formed by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson in London in 1968; the pair were initially joined by guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye and drummer Bill Bruford, the lineup that released the group’s 1969 self-titled debut and 1970 follow-up, “Time And A Word.”

While Yes faced several personnel changes through the years, Squire was the only member to appear on each of their 21 studio albums; he passed away in 2015 at the age of 67 from Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL).

50th anniversary tour 2018

UK & Europe

Mar 13 - Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall
Mar 14 - Sheffield, UK @ City Hall
Mar 16 - Glasgow, UK @ SEC Armadillo
Mar 17 - Manchester, UK @ Bridgewater Hall
Mar 18 - Gateshead, UK @ Sage
Mar 20 - Birmingham, UK @ Symphony Hall
Mar 21 - Brighton, UK @ Centre
Mar 23 - Liverpool, UK @ Philharmonic Hall
Mar 24 - London, UK @ Palladium
Mar 25 - London, UK @ Palladium
Mar 27 - Tilburg, NETH @ 013
Mar 28 - Antwerp, BEL @ De Roma
Mar 30 - Paris, FRA @ Olympia

See also:

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