SUMMER TOUR PLANS
DURING LIVE SIRIUSXM EVENT
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.
YESTIVAL will feature special guest Todd Rundgren and an opening set from Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy honoring the magic of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. The tour kicks off August 4 in Greensboro, NC and will travel across the U.S. through early September, stopping Sugar Land at Smart Financial Centre on Wednesday August 23rd at 8:00PM. Tickets for special VIP packages go on-sale Tuesday April 11th at 10:00AM at Ticketmaster.com. Non-VIP package tickets will go on-sale Friday April 14th at 10:00AM also on Ticketmaster.com.
On this summer’s annual trek, YES--Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboard), Jon Davison (vocals) and Billy Sherwood (the late Chris Squire’s chosen successor on bass)--will treat fans to such hits as “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper,” performing gems off every album from 1969’s Yes to 1980’s Drama.
Last night’s hour-long SiriusXM event in New York City featured an interview with the band, hosted by David Fricke, and acoustic performances of “Roundabout,” “Leaves of Green,” and “Clap.” As a surprise conclusion, Steve Howe was presented with a birthday cake to commemorate his upcoming 70th birthday this Saturday, April 8.
Initial YESTIVAL 2017 Summer Tour Dates:
DATE CITY VENUE
Fri 8/4 Greensboro, NC White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Sat 8/5 Boone, NC Holmes Convocation Center
Mon 8/7 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
Tue 8/8 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
Thu 8/10 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand at Foxwoods
Fri 8/11 Brooklyn, NY Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
Sat 8/12 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Center
Wed 8/16 Greensburg, PA The Palace Theatre
Thu 8/17 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sat 8/19 Elgin, IL Festival Park – Grand Victoria Casino
Sun 8/20 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Tue 8/22 Oklahoma City, OK The Zoo Amphitheatre
Wed 8/23 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Centre
Fri 8/25 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
Sat 8/26 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Tue 8/29 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater
Sun 9/3 Tulalip, WA Tulalip Amphitheatre
Founded in 1968 by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, 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,” “Starship Trooper,” and countless others. Its albums, including Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going For the One and 90125, have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA, and have sold over 50 million records total in its career that has so far spanned almost five decades. Among the world’s most influential,
ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES continues creating masterful music that inspires musicians, fans and music lovers around the world.
YES (L-R): Billy Sherwood, Jon Davison, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes
Photo Credit: Glenn Gottlieb
Tickets for the performance will go on sale next Friday, April 14 at 10am on Ticketmaster.com.
Yes are an English progressive rock band that formed in London in 1968. Their music uses complex arrangements, unusual time signatures, virtuoso musicianship, dramatic dynamic and metrical changes, a blend of musical styles, vocal harmonies, and a unique lyrical style. Despite the many changes to its lineup, the band has continued for nearly 40 years and retains a strong international following.