Yes are going to celebrate the 50th anniversary year of their formation with a 13-date UK and European tour. All of the shows will take place in March 2018. Apart from the UK, the band is going to visit the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
The current line-up of guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, vocalist Jon Davison and bassist Billy Sherwood are planning to play songs from all eras of the group’s long career. Fans can also expect to hear some tracks that haven’t been performed live for a long time, such as an excerpt of Side 3 of their 1973 album ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’.
“I feel enormously privileged be a part of the legacy of the incredible and unique line of musicians in Yes,” Downes has said. “The band has always remained fresh and inventive throughout its fifty-year history, and created an amazing catalogue of music that has inspired millions from all generations.”
The two London dates are going to coincide with a 50th anniversary fan convention. Artist Roger Dean will be present at the London Palladium to unveil new paintings in his “Close to the Edge” series. Dean has designed a number of album covers for Yes and other progressive rock bands like Asia and Gentle Giant. Further details about the convention are yet to be revealed.
The group played their first gig at a youth camp in East Mersea, Essex, England on 4th August 1968. They have since released 21 studio albums, the latest one being 2014’s ‘Heaven & Earth’. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 7th April 2017; they are only the fourth progressive rock band to have received the honour, following Pink Floyd (1996), Genesis (2010) and Rush (2013).
Past members of Yes, singer Jon Anderson, guitarist Trevor Rabin and keyboardist Rick Wakeman, are currently touring in North America. The trio call themselves YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.
Tickets for the 2018 tour will go on sale on 8th September. There are going to be no supporting acts at the shows.
Yes 2018 Tour Dates
14th – Sheffield, UK (City Hall)
16th – Glasgow, UK (SEC Armadillo)
17th – Manchester, UK (Bridgewater Hall)
18th – Gateshead, UK (Sage)
20th – Birmingham, UK (Symphony Hall)
21th – Brighton, UK (Brighton Centre)
23th – Liverpool, UK (Philharmonic Hall)
24th – London, UK (London Palladium)
25th – London, UK (London Palladium)
27th – Tilburg, Netherlands (013)
28th – Antwerp, Belgium (De Roma)
30th – Paris, France (Olympia)