Progressive pioneers YES recently announced a change to their
forthcoming The Album Series Tour 2022 as they will celebrate the 50th
anniversary of their iconic album Close to the Edge. This tour, twice rescheduled
due to the Covid pandemic was intended to showcase YES’s 1974 classic Relayer
album but will now feature Close to the Edge, performed in full, along with
other classic tracks from YES’s extensive catalogue. European Relayer
Tour dates were recently rescheduled to May and June 2023.
The tour line-up features Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes
(keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals)
with additional drums and percussion by Jay Schellen. All tour dates are as
previously announced and all tickets remain valid. A full performance of the
Relayer album will now be featured in a future tour in The Album Series.
The show will comprise full production and a high-definition video wall directed by
Roger Dean who will also be joining the tour with an exhibition of YES related art.
Following the release of The Yes Album and Fragile, in 1971, YES released what is
widely considered one of the most defining albums, not only for YES but for the whole
progressive movement. Close to the Edge became an inspiration for their
contemporaries and for successive generations of musicians.
“We reached a real high, doing ‘Close to the Edge’,” said Steve Howe.
“We valued the musicianship, the artistic ideas and the vocalising that
people bring and that’s why we’re still doing it, because it’s exciting to do!
‘Close to the Edge’ was voted the most-proggy album possibly ever made.
It was very experimental. We had already done 10-minute epics but with
‘Close to the Edge’ we just took it a stage further and I’m very pleased we
were brave enough to do that.”
YES 2022 UK Tour Dates Are:
15th June Wednesday Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
17th June Friday Manchester Bridgewater Hall
18th June Saturday Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
20th June Monday Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
21st June Tuesday London Royal Albert Hall
22nd June Thursday York Barbican
24th June Friday Birmingham Symphony Hall
26th June Sunday Newcastle O2 City Hall
28th June Tuesday Dublin Eire Vicar Street
29th June Wednesday Cork Eire Opera House
Tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows. For full details and
to book tickets for all shows go to venue website or http://yesworld.com/live
where you can also book Meet and Greets with the band.
Steve Howe: guitars, backing vocals (1970 –1981, 1990–1992, 1995–present)
Alan White: drums, percussion (1972 – present)
Geoff Downes: keyboards (1980–1981, 2011–present)
Jon Davison: lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2012–present)
Billy Sherwood: guitar, backing vocals ((1994, 1997–2000), bass guitar,
backing vocals (2015–present)
Formed in 1968 by Jon Anderson and the late, and much-missed, Chris Squire,
YES have been one of the most innovative, influential and best-loved bands in
rock music history. Their 1970s albums The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the
Edge, Yessongs (a triple live album set), Tales From Topographic Oceans,
Relayer and Going For The One were ground-breaking in musical style and
content. Their music also became synonymous with artist Roger Dean
whose distinctive YES logo design and artwork adorned the lavish gatefold
presentation sleeves of many YES albums.
With sales of over 50 million records, the Grammy-award winning YES
were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017 where they
performed Roundabout from the album Fragile and the FM radio-friendly
Owner Of A Lonely Heart from the 1985 album 90125. In 2021 YES
released their 22nd Studio album, The Quest, produced by Steve Howe,
which went to No.1 in the UK rock chart and entered the Official UK Album Chart
at No. 20.