Monday, September 11, 2017

Yes cancel shows following death of guitarist Steve Howe’s son

Yes guitarist Steve Howe

Yes have cancelled the remaining dates of their Yestival tour of North America following the tragic, unexpected death of guitarist Steve Howe’s son Virgil.

The band issued a statement on September 11 regarding the passing and cancellations (see below), saying that they “want to thank all their fans for their support and understanding at this time,” while adding, “Steve Howe and family ask for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.”

Ticket refunds for the affected tour dates (in Moorhead, Cedar Rapids, London, Rochester, Boston and Huntington) will be available at point of purchase.

No further details regarding Virgil’s passing have been announced.

One of the Yes guitarist’s four children, Virgil has been the drummer in the Nottingham, England band Little Barrie since 2007. Over the years, the multi-faceted musician also made contributions as a keyboardist on several of his father’s solo albums – which also regularly featured brother Dylan on drums.

Yes recently announced the first series of dates for a 50th anniversary tour of the UK and Europe.

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 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.

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