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Yes Rolls Out 50th Anniversary Tour Dates

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Yes has announced its 33-date 50th anniversary North American tour. The trek, dubbed “YES50: Celebrating 50 Years Of Yes,” kicks off over two nights on June 5th and 6th at St. Charles, Illinois’ Arcada Theatre and wraps on July 28th at Atlanta, Georgia’s Atlanta Symphony Hall. The current lineup of Yes includes Steve Howe on guitar, Alan White on drums, Geoff Downes on keyboards, Jon Davison on vocals, and Billy Sherwood on bass.

Steve Howe spoke about the historical nature of the upcoming shows in the tour announcement, saying: “Much has changed since I joined Yes in 1970, but the core elements of the band have remained consistent. 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 fan base, playing classic songs that celebrate the broad musical style of Yes.”

Legendary drummer Alan White added: “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’ preeminent bass and vocals. 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!”

Keyboardist Geoff Downes said: “Being a member of the band during its 50th anniversary is a privilege and honor. 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.”

Steve Howe, who joined Yes in 1970 just before sessions for 1971’s The Yes Album, recalled to us the early days of the band: “We all had ambitions that was about being in a group where people could really play their ass off, and really make something that was different. I guess we wanted to be our own masters or our own creators, or something, or the other. Because we had good chemistry and were like, ‘Hey what if I did this — what if you did that?’ All the arrangements were credited to ‘Yes’ because we sat and arranged people’s songs to sound like we wanted them. We didn’t want to rush.”

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

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