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Yes Announces Details for #yes50: Celebrating 50 Years of Yes

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YES (L-R): Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Alan White, Jon Davison, Billy Sherwood Photo Credit: Glenn Gottlieb

30-Plus Date North American 50th Anniversary Tour Kicking Off June 5, 2018

(March 26, 2018) – YES, one of the biggest bands in prog rock history and true pioneers of the genre, today revealed the dates and details for this summer’s 50th Anniversary North American tour titled #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES. Tickets for the 30-plus date outing, which kicks off June 5 and 6 with a two-night engagement at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL, will go on sale to the public beginning this Friday, March 30 or Saturday, March 31, with select shows going on sale in early April. A handful of additional dates will be announced soon.

“Much has changed since I joined Yes in 1970, but the core elements of the band have remained consistent,” shares guitarist Steve Howe. “We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best-loved work and revisit a few classic pieces that have been lost for a while. We look forward to sharing the 50th anniversary with the fanbase, playing classic songs that celebrate the broad musical style of Yes.”

“I have been blessed to be a member of this amazing band’s rhythm section for the past 46 years, mostly in the company of my great friend Chris Squire, and latterly alongside Chris’ chosen successor, Billy Sherwood, who is receiving recognition for stepping into Chris’ pre-eminent bass and vocals,” says drummer Alan White. “Each night we are pausing to reflect on Chris’ importance to Yes, his desire that we should continue to share Yes music on stages worldwide, and the specific dedication of ‘Onward’ to his huge memory. I’m so grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to celebrating our 50th Anniversary in America.  It has been a great ride!”

“Being a member of the band during its 50th anniversary is a privilege and honor,” adds Geoff Downes (keys). “It is awe-inspiring to reflect on the caliber and invention of the musicians who have forged the legacy of Yes since 1968, always pushing the boundaries. Playing on stage with founder member Tony Kaye to launch the 50th anniversary [on this year’s Cruise to the Edge] was a wonderful experience for the band and our fans, to whom we dedicate this special tour.”

During this summer’s “Evening with YES” shows, YESSteve Howe (guitar since 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)–will perform a special classic hits concert to commemorate the landmark occasion.

The cross-country trek will take the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees to Kansas City, Denver, Los Angeles (June 19 at the Ford Theater), San Jose, Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Boston, Staten Island, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Orlando, among many other cities, before wrapping July 28 in Atlanta. See below for full list of tour dates and go to www.yesworld.com for ticketing information.

YES 2018 Summer Tour Dates:

Tue 5-Jun St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
Wed 6-Jun St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
^Fri 8-Jun New Buffalo, MI Four Winds Casino Ballroom
^Sun 10-Jun Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre
^Mon 11-Jun Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
^Wed 13-Jun Boise, ID CenturyLink Arena
~Thu 14-Jun Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
-Sat 16-Jun Bakersfield, CA Spectrum Amphitheater
-Sun 17-Jun Anaheim, CA City National Grove of Anaheim
-Tue 19-Jun Los Angeles, CA Ford Theatre
-Wed 20-Jun San Jose, CA City National Civic
+Fri 22-Jun Wendover, NV Peppermill Casino Hall
Sat 23-Jun Laughlin, NV Edgewater Hotel & Casino
^Sun 24-Jun Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort & Casino
*Thu 28-Jun Interlochen, MI Kresge Auditorium
Fri 29-Jun Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
-Sat 30-Jun Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
^Mon 2-Jul Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
Thu 5-Jul Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
~Fri 6-Jul Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
Sat 7-Jul Montclair, NJ The Wellmont Theater
^Tue 10-Jul Boston, MA The Wilbur Theatre
^Wed 11-Jul Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
^Sat 14-Jul Atlantic City, NJ Tropicana Casino
^Sun 15-Jul Staten Island, NY St. George Theatre
Tue 17-Jul Peekskill, NY Paramount Hudson Valley
^Wed 18-Jul Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury
^Fri 20-Jul Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
^Sat 21-Jul Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
Mon 23-Jul Washington, DC Warner Theatre
Thu 26-Jul Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre
Fri 27-Jul Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
^Sat 28-Jul Atlanta, GA Atlanta Symphony Hall

Ticket on sale dates:

^ Friday, March 30
~ Saturday, March 31
+ Tuesday, April 3
– Friday, April 6
* Friday, April 27

About YES:

Founded in 1968 by the late Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES has 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. The band’s 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 during the band’s long and successful career that has so far spanned over 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.


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