Believe it or not this year marks the 40th Anniversary of the best prog rock band of all time, Yes. Their first album, Yes, was somewhat overshadowed by Led Zeppelin's debut but they went on to produce some of the most sophisticated, and dare i say funky progressive rock ever produced setting the bar for rock/classical fusion for decades to come.
Think the turning point album The Yes Album (1971), the sheer majesty of Relayer (1974), the lesser known but brilliant last appearance of Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson (at least for a while) Tormarto (1977), Machine Messiah and Tempus Fugit (two of their best tracks) off Drama (1981)..................very few bands meet the brilliance of Yes for prog, except maybe Rush on a good day and Gentle Giant, everyday !
Well, Yes have announced a North American Tour commencing July 12 in Canada, their first live show in five long years.
'It feels incredible to gear up and get ready for the road,’ says Jon Anderson, ‘It’s been five years since our last tour. We’re all very excited to play to all of our fans, a lot of which have been with us for almost 40 years. A lot of marriages don’t even last that long.’
The band will consist of Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White and Oliver Wakeman, son of Rick Wakeman.
Quebec City Quebec City Festival (July 12)Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre (13)Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena (15)Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium & Star Pavilion (16)Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island (18)Detroit, MI Freedom Hill (19)Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena (22)Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion (23)Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center (25)Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (26)Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center (28)Baltimore, MD Pier 6 Pavilion (29)
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