Classic Prog-Rockers Yes are celebrating their 50th anniversary in a big way – they have announced a summer US tour that will have an initial run of 33 shows.
Things kicks off on June 5th at the Arcada Theatre in St Charles,IL and wrap up at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall on July 28. A handful of further dates are expected to be announced in due course.
Some key band members offered their thoughts on the 50th Anniversary tour: Guitarist Steve Howe said, “Much has changed since I joined Yes in 1970, but the core elements of the band have remained consistent. We want this tour to encompass some of our best-loved work and revisit a few classic pieces,” Howe added, “We look forward to sharing the 50th anniversary with the fan base, playing classic songs that celebrate the broad musical style of Yes.”
Drummer Alan White: “I have been blessed to be a member of this amazing band’s rhythm section for the past 46 years – mostly in the company of my great friend Chris Squire, and latterly alongside Chris’ chosen successor, Billy Sherwood. I’m so grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary in America. It has been a great ride!”
Keyboardist Geoff Downes said that it was a “privilege and honour” to be celebrating the landmark occasion, and added: “It is awe-inspiring to reflect on the caliber and invention of the musicians who have forged the legacy of Yes since 1968, always pushing the boundaries. Playing on stage with founder member Tony Kaye to launch the 50th anniversary on this year’s ‘Cruise to the Edge‘ was a wonderful experience for the band and our fans, to whom we dedicate this special tour.”
The first tickets for the tour will go on sale from Friday (March 30) with some venues going live over the following days. The Yes website has details of the tour.