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Prog-Rock Legends Yes Announce “YESTIVAL” 2017 Summer Tour

They might be getting inducted into the “esteemed” Rock Hall tomorrow, but last night the members of Yes dropped by the SiriusXM Satellite Radio studios for a chat with David Fricke. Read all about it below.

The Press Release:
In advance of tomorrow’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, YES revealed their initial summer touring plans live on SiriusXM last night during their exclusive in-studio audience event “SiriusXM Volume Presents an Artist Confidential with YES.” The 2017 outing, called YESTIVAL, will feature a set list of greatest hits from all of the band’s studio albums up to 1980, showcasing the storied history of one of the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands.

“We are looking forward to presenting songs from each of the first nine studio albums, including some surprises,” says YES guitarist Steve Howe.
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YES To Perform For A Special SiriusXM Broadcast Event On Wednesday, April 5 On Volume

In advance of their Rock Hall induction, the band Yes has set up a special appearance and event with SiriusXM. Read on.

The Press Release:
YES today (4/3) announced a special event with SiriusXM to celebrate the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Class of 2017, this Friday, April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The exclusive in-studio audience event “SiriusXM Volume Presents an Artist Confidential with YES” will be hosted by David Fricke and broadcast live this Wednesday, April 5 on VOLUME, the first 24/7 talk radio channel dedicated to the discussion of music, starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT. VOLUME delivers a variety of programming including live daily shows, artist interviews, weekly specials, a music trivia game show, and in-depth docuseries hosted by the most respected, knowledgeable, and passionate people in music today – including artists themselves. The VOLUME channel (ch. 106) debuted in October 2016 on SiriusXM. Continue reading YES To Perform For A Special SiriusXM Broadcast Event On Wednesday, April 5 On Volume

Progressive Rock Fans Say “YES” To Their Summer Tour 2014

“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.

Tour - Yes - Summer 2014

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.
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“Symphonic Live” by Yes

Artist: Yes
Title: “Symphonic Live”
Label: Eagle Records
Release Date: 2/24/2009
Genre: Progressive Rock
Rating: 4/5 `

Originally presented to the fans of Progressive Rock giants Yes on the DVD that bears the same name comes the audio release of this very concert. The recording was initially done in 2001 as the band toured for their own orchestral album “Magnification” and if you think that you have enjoyed Yes in the past just wait until you hear them do their thing with the added power of a symphony orchestra behind them. These days the idea of bands releasing albums with an orchestras help is not so new or often even exciting but one of the true musical sounds that works with this idea best is the sound of Yes. If you are one of those fans that have been following Yes for a long time then there is a good chance that you already own the DVD companion piece for this album. That fact alone makes the appeal of owning the audio companion for your stereo, music player or just to leave in the car for those long trips somewhat of a necessity. In 2001, the lineup of Yes was John Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan White and they are joined by the European Festival Orchestra which was conducted by Wilhem Keitel. The music of Yes has always been big in scope and often took the listener to different worlds based on just how many musical doors it was opening in their minds and that made my hearing these classic tunes with the accompaniment of the orchestra a wonderful thing. I did enjoy the new tunes from the “Magnification” CD that were performed but when it came down to it I was more keen on the time honored classics like “Long Distance Runaround”, “I’ve Seen All Good People” and the tune of tunes “Roundabout”. What comes through crystal clear on every song is just how perfectly Yes seem to mesh with the orchestra and neither one overpowers the other as we have found happening on a number of other similar releases.
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