Yes is heading out on the road in 2013 playing three of the band's classic albums in their entirety in one night. Yes -- which now consists of Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, and latest frontman Jon Davison -- will tackle 1971's The Yes Album, 1972's Closer To The Edge, and 1973's Going For The One. Guitarist Steve Howe said, "These albums we all easily agreed on -- they are complete works in themselves. I believe the only song not performed in concert is 'A Venture' from The Yes Album."
The 23-date set will feature all three albums -- except for the five casino dates on the itinerary, which will only feature The Yes Album and Closer To The Edge due to time constraints. At the tail end of March the band will be playing on board Fort Lauderdale, Florida's "Cruise To The Edge." It's not clear at this point whether the band will be tackling all three, only two -- or none of the classic albums on board the ship.
Bassist Chris Squire went on to say: "Probably the most tricky of all the songs planned for this set is 'Turn Of The Century' from the Going For The One album."
Drummer Alan White added: "This is a great opportunity to show the growth of Yes in these different eras -- and to relive the memories of these times."
We asked Alan White how he deals with the fact that Yes has been passed over for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the past 19 years: "You can't sit there and get upset about the fact. But we have had an incredible career, spanning over a lot of years and sold a lot of records. And to me, it will be kind of an obvious thing. The thing is, that when Genesis got in, I saw a little ray of light there as far as they're starting to open their eyes. And it's a very strange process they go through. Jann Wenner, who's the Rolling Stone editor, right? He's kind of the head guy on that. I don't know, I think he's been a guy that never really liked prog music that much."
JUST ANNOUNCED: Yes tour dates (subject to change):
March 1 - West Wendover, NV - Peppermill Concert Hall
March 3 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
March 5 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
March 6 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
March 8 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Resort & Casino
March 9 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Resort Casino
March 12 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
March 14 - Omaha, NE - Holland Performing Arts Center
March 16 - Hammond, IN - The Venue At Horseshoe Casino
March 17 - Louisville, KY - The Louisville Palace Theatre
March 18 - Kansas City, MO - The Midland By AMC
March 20 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
March 21 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
March 22 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Live Biloxi
March 24 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Live
March 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Cruise To The Edge MSC Cruises - MSC Poesia
March 30 - Melbourne, FL - King Center For Performing Arts
April 2 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
April 5 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand At Foxwoods
April 6 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
April 7 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
April 9 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
April 11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
April 12 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre