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Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman Reclaiming Yes Brand For New Tour

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Newly inducted Hall of Famers, Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman have announced that they are formally changing their band’s name from ARW, to YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman, for their just-announced summer and fall dates. Following bassist Chris Squire’s 2015 death, Jon Anderson — who had been forced out of the band back in 2008 due to health issues — remains the sole surviving founding member and has now decided to reclaim the Yes brand name, stating in a press release for the new tour, “It’s very simple. The fans want it, we want it and it’s our right to use the name. YES music is in our DNA!”

Yes currently tours with longtime guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White from the band’s classic lineup, and has issued a statement regarding the name of their former bandmates’ name change, which reads: “While Jon Anderson has rights to use the name as one of the co-owners of the trademark, Yes’ position is that every effort should be made by promoters, ticket agencies and all involved to respect Yes’ magnificent and loyal fan base and minimize confusion regarding the use of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman.”

Jon Anderson told us that even after all these years on the road, he still gets off on the physicality of performing live: “I love performing. It’s amazing — it’s an extraordinary experience. It’s like, if I was a sports person, and, and I could actually get so fit to play soccer or football, or to actually do that performance, and get out there and do it — it’s exhilarating.”

August 26 – Stockton, CA – Bob Hope Theater
August 28 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery
August 31 – Las Vegas, NV – Smith Center
September 2 – Layton, UT – The Kenley Amphitheater
September 3 – Littleton, CO – Hudson Gardens
September 5 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center
September 7 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
September 9 – Hammond, IN – Venue at the Horseshoe Casino
September 12 – Kettering, OH – Fraze Pavilion
September 13 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
September 15 – Akron, OH – Goodyear Theater at East End
September 16 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
September 18 – Quebec City, QC – Grand Theatre du Quebec City
September 19 – Montreal, QC – St. Denis Theatre
September 23 – Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theatre
September 24 – Brookville, NY – Tilles Center
September 27 – Newark, NJ, – New Jersey Performing Arts Center
September 29 – Reading, PA – Santander Performing Arts Center
September 30 – Trenton, NJ – Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
October 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
October 4 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theater
October 7 – Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Casino
October 8 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
October 11 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall

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