Thursday, August 9, 2018

Yes to launch 50th anniversary US tour with rare Los Angeles club show

Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman will kick off their 2018 US tour with a rare club show at the famed Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles on August 26.

The intimate venue has been selected to celebrate Yes’ first headline show there in November 1971, with tickets to be available at ’71 prices - only $2 each!

As the music industry takes a stand against second ticketing, the legendary band will be doing their best to combat scalpers and make sure that tickets get into the hands of actual Yes fans and not intermediaries, by making them available only at the door on the day of the show and for cash only.

“I can remember playing the Whisky as though it was yesterday,” recalls Anderson. “It was such an important happening for the Yes band. We were still very new to the USA, but I felt so connected to America for some reason...the stage, the setting, the atmosphere was so exciting. We played 5 nights, and each night the crowds got bigger and more excited, so did we, we played our hearts out, the reaction was amazing to say the least.

“I felt, at last, we are making it in this wild and wonderful rock 'n' roll business, and I just loved every minute. I'm sure I will feel the same when we play at the Whisky again in August… 2018 wow! Who would have believed it?”

“I remember the shows so well,” remembers Wakeman. “I think we did either 3 or 5 days. There was no room on the stage for my keyboards, so they put planks of wood over the door entrance and I played there. It was my very first trip to America and I loved it.”

“Having lived in LA for around 40 years, the Whisky is an important landmark,” adds Rabin. “My native Los Angeles son has played there often. This will be my first time. It’s going to be wild. Only in LA!”

During the US tour (see dates below), Yes will release “50th Anniversary Live At The Apollo” on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD & 3LP on September 7; the set captures the group’s early 2017 sold-out performance at the Manchester Apollo.

Rabin recently premiered a new song called “Fragile” – which shares its name with the title of the legendary band’s 1971 album – during a recent appearance on Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones’ radio show Jonesy’s Jukebox on 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles.

Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman
Quintessential Yes: The 50th Anniversary Tour
2018 US leg

Aug 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky a Go Go
Aug 27 - San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s By The Bay
Aug 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
Aug 31 - Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
Sep 01 - Las Vegas, NV @ Westgate Resort & Casino
Sep 03 - Denver, CO @ Levitt Pavilion
Sep 05 - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
Sep 07 - Chicago, IL @ Ravinia
Sep 08 - Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock Live
Sep 09 - Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center

See also:

Yes premiere new song Fragile
Yes announce 50th anniversary Live At The Apollo release
Yes update 50th anniversary celebrations
Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman announce 50th anniversary world tour
Search Yes at hennemusic