“Let there be Prog” is what fans will be saying as the news about the summer tour by Yes and with this go round they will be playing two of their incredible albums in full. Since the press copy is rather lengthy I will keep it brief here but will return with my own opinions at the close. Here you go.
The Press Release:
Throughout 2013, the iconic and Grammy-winning rock band YES marked a career first by performing a triple-header concert featuring three of their classic albums in their entirety, all in one concert. For 2014, the band is back to rock crowds nationwide with a brand new show. The 35-date summer tour will feature YES performing–in their entirety–1971’s groundbreaking album FRAGILE for the first-time ever and a repeat performance from last year’s tour of 1972’s CLOSE TO THE EDGE, followed by an encore of the band’s greatest hits. Kicking off July 8 in Boston, the tour will then stop at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall July 10 before making its way throughout the Northeast, hitting Wallingford, CT, Westbury, NY, Newport, RI, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and more. Among their many tour stops, YES will perform in Detroit, Madison, Chicago, Nashville, Louisville, Atlanta, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego and San Jose before wrapping August 24 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. See full itinerary below.
During the encore on the upcoming tour, the multi-platinum progressive rock band–bassist CHRIS SQUIRE, guitarist STEVE HOWE, drummer ALAN WHITE, keyboardist GEOFF DOWNES and singer JON DAVISON—will also perform a song off their new studio album, out later this summer (details TBA).
“FRAGILE” — the band’s fourth studio album—is considered to be their U.S. breakthrough album peaking at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the U.S. The RIAA-certified double platinum album has sold over two million copies and features YES’ hit single “Roundabout” and other classics like “Long Distance Runaround” and “Heart of the Sunrise.” It also marks the band’s first collaboration with artist Roger Dean on cover art, who has designed many of the band’s album covers and logos. The band’s album CLOSE TO THE EDGE—widely regarded as one of the greatest progressive rock albums ever recorded—was on the U.S. charts for 32 weeks, peaking at #3. A Rolling Stone review, which features the epic suites “Close To The Edge” and “You And I,” noted, “Yes’ colors are subtle, almost imperceptible tints, but the main strokes are bold and thick, applied with sureness and natural instinct.” Inspired by Siddharta and their “state of mind” at the time, the Gold-certified album was named of the “100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time” by Guitar World (2006). Track listings for both albums listed below.
Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, March 28. YES is proud to provide special show packages, which include near-stage seating, a meet and greet with the band, exclusive limited-edition gifts from YES, and much more. For more information on prices, on-sale dates and to purchase YES packages/tickets, go to www.yesworld.com
Founded in 1968 by Jon Anderson and Chris Squire, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES have created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, such as iconic pieces “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” and countless others. Having sold tens of millions of records over its four-decade career, Yes continues creating masterful music that inspires fans and musicians from around the world.
7/8: Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/9: New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
7/11: Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre
7/12: Westbury, NY @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury
7/13: Newport, RI @ Newport Yachting Center
7/15: Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
7/16: Hampton, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
7/18: Salamanca, NY @ Seneca Allegany Casino
7/19: Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
7/20: Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall
7/22: Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook
7/23: Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock Live Northfield Park
7/25: Madison, WI @ Overture Hall
7/26: Chicago, IL @ Copernicus Center
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though I’ve been a fan for so many years I am ashamed to admit that I have never before seen Yes in concert. That being said I really think I have to be on point for the show that is hitting the great Radio City Music Hall because it will likely sound incredible in this concert space. Let’s add to this the two amazing albums that they are presenting in full. It will surely be a “Prog-tastic” night of music. Pardon the pun. So what do you readers think about this tour? Do you think it will amp up the Summer fun for you? Let me know in the comments section below so we can discuss a little deeper.
Official Website: http://www.yesworld.com
I’ve linked the albums that will be performed below for your indulgence