I think the saying is to go big or don’t bother going at all, and well, this latest tour announcement is probably going to win the 2019 “Go Big” Award. Take a look at the summer plans by Yes, Asia, John Lodge and Carl Palmer – “The Royal Affair Tour”.
The Press Release:
The 2019 summer concert calendar has just been lit up with the announcement of YES’ North American concert tour, “The Royal Affair Tour.” Headlined by prog rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees YES, who triumphed last year with their acclaimed and hugely successful #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES tour, this must-see best-of-British-rock show will also feature Asia with the return of founding member Steve Howe in a special performance, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown. View the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkN5R1Gh7Po
The first set of dates for “The Royal Affair Tour” has been announced. The trek will launch Wednesday, June 12 in Bethlehem, PA and visit cities including Holmdel, NJ; Toronto; Nashville; Hollywood, FL; Phoenix; Las Vegas; and Irvine, CA before wrapping Sunday, July 28 in Saratoga, CA. Most shows go on sale Friday, April 5. More dates will be revealed in the coming weeks. See below for full list of tour dates and go to www.yesworld.com/live for ticketing information.
YES is Steve Howe (guitar — joined 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015), with Jay Schellen on additional drums. See quotes below from YES.
Look for YES to perform songs from throughout their storied career, one of rock music’s most prized bodies of work, and their set will honor the memory of YES members Chris Squire and Peter Banks.
• Asia will play their signature songs and pay tribute to their late founding member John Wetton. A portion of their set will 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 British vocalist 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.”
Steve Howe: “Yes is delighted to headline this celebration of British music which has been so warmly received in America over the past five decades.”
Alan White: “I’m looking forward to joining a number of classic British talents that have delighted so many fans over the past half century.”
Geoff Downes: “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.”
The Initial Dates:
6/12: Bethlehem, PA @ Bethlehem Event Center
6/14: Farmingdale, NY @ Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater
6/15: Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
6/16: Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
6/20: Westchester, NY @ Westchester County Center
6/21: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
6/22: Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavillion
6/24: Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
6/25: Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheater
6/27: Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
6/29: Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
6/30: Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park
7/3: Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
7/5: Columbus, OH @ Express Live
7/6: Aurora, IL @ RiverEdge Park
7/8: Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
7/10: Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
7/12: Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
7/13: Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7/18: St Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
7/20: Irving, TX @ Toyota Music Factory
7/21: Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
7/24: Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
7/26: Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
7/27: Irvine, CA @ FivePoints Amphitheatre
7/28: Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
*On sale April 12; ^On sale TBD; +On sale April 8
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: This is going to be a tour for the record books if there ever was one. There is quite frankly going to be so much classic Progressive Rock happening during the affair that even the most critical of Prog fans will be screaming at the top of their lungs. I’m going to try to be a part of this and hope for more dates in my sector because the close to me stuff seems to be happening during a family vacation and they always come first. What do you think about this tour? Chime in down below as I’d love to hear from you on it.