Prog-Rock Legends Yes Announce “YESTIVAL” 2017 Summer Tour

They might be getting inducted into the “esteemed” Rock Hall tomorrow, but last night the members of Yes dropped by the SiriusXM Satellite Radio studios for a chat with David Fricke. Read all about it below.

The Press Release:
In advance of tomorrow’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, YES revealed their initial summer touring plans live on SiriusXM last night during their exclusive in-studio audience event “SiriusXM Volume Presents an Artist Confidential with YES.” The 2017 outing, called YESTIVAL, will feature a set list of greatest hits from all of the band’s studio albums up to 1980, showcasing the storied history of one of the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands.

“We are looking forward to presenting songs from each of the first nine studio albums, including some surprises,” says YES guitarist Steve Howe.

YESTIVAL will feature special guest Todd Rundgren and an opening set from Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy honoring the magic of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. The tour kicks off August 4 in Greensboro, NC and will travel across the U.S. through early September, stopping in such markets as Baltimore, Philadelphia, Brooklyn (August 11 at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk), Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles (August 29 at the Microsoft Theater), with more to be announced soon. See below for full list of initial tour dates and go to the website linked below for ticketing information.

On this summer’s annual trek, YES–Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboard), Jon Davison (vocals) and Billy Sherwood (the late Chris Squire’s chosen successor on bass)–will treat fans to such hits as “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper,” performing gems off every album from 1969’s Yes to 1980’s Drama.

Last night’s hour-long SiriusXM event in New York City featured an interview with the band, hosted by David Fricke, and acoustic performances of “Roundabout,” “Leaves of Green,” and “Clap.” As a surprise conclusion, Steve Howe was presented with a birthday cake to commemorate his upcoming 70th birthday this Saturday, April 8. To view photos from “SiriusXM Volume Presents an Artist Confidential with YES,” go to: (link).

Initial YESTIVAL 2017 Summer Tour Dates:
8/4: Greensboro, NC @ White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
8/5: Boone, NC @ Holmes Convocation Center
8/7: Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
8/8: Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
8/10: Mashantucket, CT @ MGM Grand at Foxwoods
8/11: Brooklyn, NY @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
8/12: Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Center
8/16: Greensburg, PA @ The Palace Theatre
8/17: Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/19: Elgin, IL @ Festival Park – Grand Victoria Casino
8/20: Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
8/22: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Zoo Amphitheatre
8/23: Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
8/25: Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
8/26: Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
8/29: Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
9/3: Tulalip, WA @ Tulalip Amphitheatre

About YES: Founded in 1968 by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES have 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. Its 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 in its career that has so far spanned almost 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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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I was at the aforementioned SiriusXM event last night and it was awesome to see the members of Yes doing a chat with Mr. Fricke and then some acoustic jamming. Wonderful for sure but sadly I was not permitted to take any photos for you to enjoy. I have to get them from the station so stay tuned. Otherwise, I think this press release said enough already. I am however super excited to find that this is happening in Brooklyn at the Coney Island amphitheater and that it features the always educational Carl Palmer. I never saw Todd in concert before outside of when he was with The New Cars so this will be a triple dose of cool. What do you think about this tour announcement? Let me know in the comments section below. Until next time and congratulations on the induction once more. It is very richly deserved.

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One thought on “Prog-Rock Legends Yes Announce “YESTIVAL” 2017 Summer Tour”

  1. I really wish they’d reconcile with Jon Anderson. Wishful thinking, maybe, but none of them are getting younger. I’ve seen several versions of Yes, including the Union tour and Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe, and many both before and after those lineups. I won’t see this one most likely.

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