Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Yes announce The Royal Affair tour with Asia, Carl Palmer and John Lodge

Yes will team up with an all-star lineup of British prog-rock pioneers for a summer tour of North America.

The Royal Affair trek will present the legendary band joined by Asia, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown for the 7-week series, which will begin in Bethlehem, PA on June 12 and see more shows added in the coming weeks.

Fresh off their 50th anniversary tour and celebrations, Yes will deliver material from throughout their career while honoring the memory of late band members Chris Squire and Peter Banks.

Asia will play their signature songs and pay tribute to their late founding member John Wetton, with a portion of their set to feature original guitarist Steve Howe in a special performance. Asia will also introduce its new line-up featuring guitarist/lead vocalist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and bassist Billy Sherwood.

John Lodge's set will encompass his classic hits by Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees The Moody Blues and pay tribute to the band's recently departed member Ray Thomas.

Carl Palmer will honor the memory of his fellow Emerson, Lake And Palmer members Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, with vocals by Arthur Brown.

As part of the evening's British theme, there will be Alan White of Yes' tribute to John Lennon; White was the drummer on Lennon's solo material, including the recording of "Imagine."

"Yes is delighted to headline this celebration of British music,” says Howe, “which has been so warmly received in America over the past five decades."

"I'm looking forward to joining a number of classic British talents that have delighted so many fans over the past half century," raves White, while Downes adds, “This is a unique celebration of the British contribution to classic rock over many decades. It will be inspirational to be a part of… and I know it is what John Wetton would have wanted."

Tickets for most shows on “The Royal Affair Tour” will go on sale Friday, April 5; for full details, visit yesworld.com.

The Royal Affair tour
North America 2019

Jun 12 – Bethlehem, PA @ Bethlehem Event Center
Jun 14 – Farmingdale, NY Long Island @ Community Hospital Amphitheater
Jun 15 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
Jun 16 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun 20 – Westchester, NY @ Westchester County Center
Jun 21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Jun 22 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavillion
Jun 24 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
Jun 25 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheater
Jun 27 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Jun 29 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
Jun 30 – Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park
Jul 03 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Jul 05 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live
Jul 06 – Aurora, IL @ RiverEdge Park
Jul 08 – Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
Jul 10 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
Jul 12 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
Jul 13 – Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Jul 18 – St Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Jul 20 – Irving, TX @ Toyota Music Factory
Jul 21 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
Jul 24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Jul 26 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
Jul 27 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoints Amphitheatre
Jul 28 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery

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