Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman Announce Tour

You might remember that it was only a few short days ago that we discussed the upcoming “Yestival” in a post that you can refer to on THIS LINK. Now, with the band 100% ensconced in the esteemed “Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame”, the winds of change have blown in regards to the group fronted by the Yes band original singer Jon Anderson. Read on down below and then I’ll return at the close.

The Press Release:
Rock icons Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman are proud to announce that effective immediately, they will officially be known as ‘YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman’, which is the name they will be touring under in North America during the latter half of 2017.

“It’s very simple,’ explains band founder and vocalist Jon Anderson. “The fans want it, we want it and it’s our right to use the name. YES music is in our DNA!”

The definitive line-up of the greatest progressive rock band ever – Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman – together again LIVE! The reviews are in from their recent worldwide tour…

“Every song sounds like a celebration. Every song is uplifting.” – Classic Rock Magazine
“There were multiple ‘pinch me’ moments throughout the show.” – Daily Express
“Yes, These Guys Still Have It: Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman faithfully delivered the spirit and the essence of the music of the band from which they derived…and they did so in grand style.”
– Creative Loafing Tampa Bay
“Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman affirm Yes’ musical legacy” – St. Louis Post Dispatch
“There were many standing ovations on the evening, not surprising with the commendable performance put on by these five musicians.” – Rock Show Critique
“Truly was a momentous concert. Great song selection, tight performances from everyone, and a little fun at the end…If they’re coming to a town near you, DO NOT miss it.” – Progarchy
“Can Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman still dazzle? Yes, indeed!” – The (Salt Lake City) Herald Extra
“Sometimes comebacks from beloved musicians can be disappointing; not so this time.” – Goldmine Magazine

Since reuniting for a U.S. tour in 2016, YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman have performed sold-out shows in Israel, the UK, Belgium and Holland, and have a Japanese tour scheduled for April. Due to public demand, they return to tour the U.S. again from August 26th through October 11th. In addition to the tour dates, the trio will be recording new material throughout the summer for a projected album release of early 2018. Also upcoming is a DVD that was filmed at the final UK show of their recent European tour (at Manchester Apollo, on March 25th), for release later this year. And to the delight of longtime YES fans, all three were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame on April 7th.

The most successful prog rock group of all time, YES, was co-founded by Jon Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968 and went on to sell millions of units with releases such as Fragile, Close to The Edge, Tales From Topographic Oceans, Going For The One and 90125, as well as embarking on several record-breaking world tours. Whilst Rick is predominantly associated with the ’70s “prog era” of the band (which saw YES become a worldwide stadium headliner) and Trevor associated with the ’80s “pop era” of the band (which furthered the band’s popularity – including the band’s biggest chart success), Jon is the bridge between both factions (as he was a member of both eras). The touring band line-up is completed by two extraordinary musicians – Lee Pomeroy on bass and Louis Molino III on drums – who help to ensure that YES’ immaculate artistic legacy remains intact.

The worldwide tour with YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman is being produced by renowned concert promoter Larry Magid, who is considered an architect and leader of the modern concert business. With over 17,000 concerts and live events to his credit and still counting, he has produced national and international tours for YES, Billy Crystal, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Robin Williams, Gladys Knight, The Isley Bros., Earth Wind & Fire, ARW, Il Divo, The Allman Brothers Band, Patti LaBelle, Grover Washington Jr. and many others. In 1985 Larry Magid, co-produced the American portion of Live Aid, and in 2005, he was the American producer of Live 8. In 2001, he produced the United We Stand concert at RFK Stadium to benefit the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. All shows are going on-sale shortly

The Tour Dates:
Aug-26: Stockton, CA @ Bob Hope Theater
Aug-28: Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery
Aug-29: Friant, CA @ Table Mountain Casino
Aug-31: Las Vegas, NV @ Smith Center
Sep-2: Layton, UT @ The Kenley Amphitheater
Sep-3: Littleton, CO @ Hudson Gardens
Sep-5: Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Center
Sep-7: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
Sep-9: Hammond, IN @ Venue at the Horseshoe Casino
Sep-12: Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
Sep-13: Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
Sep-15: Akron, OH @ Goodyear Theater at East End
Sep-16: Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Sep-18: Quebec City, QC @ Grand Theatre du Quebec City
Sep-19: Montreal, QC @ St. Denis Theatre
Sep-21: Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
Sep-23: Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Sep-24: Brookville, NY @ Tilles Center
Sep-27: Newark, NJ @ NJ PAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center)
Sep-29: Reading, PA @ Santander Performing Arts Center
Sep-30: Trenton, NJ @ Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
Oct-1: Philadelphia, PA @ Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
Oct-4: Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater
Oct-5 Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
Oct-7: Niagara Falls, NY @ Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.
Oct-8: Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
Oct-10 Melbourne, FL @ King Center For The Performing Arts
Oct-11: Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
Oct-13: West Palm Beach, FL @ Kravis Center For The Performing Arts
Oct-14: Miami , FL @ Adrienne Arsht Center For The Perf. Arts

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: In today’s music geography there seems to be a North and South or an East and West to everything and if you don’t understand me I am meaning that there are often two bands featuring members of one iconic group. Okay some are NOT that iconic but are still popular and why shouldn’t the remaining members of Yes take advantage of the new status since that will likely put more bodies into the seats. Over my years as a music fan I was only ever the casual Yes fan but I do appreciate their sound and was glad to have finally seem them in concert. I’m planning on catching “Yestival” when it comes to Brooklyn, and would like to see this lineup as well but so far there is nothing scheduled for my immediate vicinity. Let’s hope for more gigs and before I close up what do you readers think about this one. Let me know down in the comments below.

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