Yes kicks off its latest tour tonight (March 1st) in West Wendover, Nevada's Peppermill Concert Hall. They'll wrap up the 31-date trek on April 12th at Detroit's Fox Theatre. The new tour is breaking new ground by having the band perform three full albums back-to-back -- 1971's The Yes Album, 1972's Closer To The Edge, and 1973's Going For The One. The latest lineup of Yes now consists of Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, and latest frontman Jon Davison.
Guitarist Steve Howe, who joined the band in 1970 just before sessions for 1971's The Yes Album, recalled to us the early ambitious days of Yes: "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."
- 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 10 - Monterey, CA - Golden State Theatre
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
- Out now is Yes' latest live collection, In The Present: Live From Lyon. The CD/DVD set featured the band in concert on December 1st, 2009 in Lyon, France with former lead singer Benoit David fronting the band.
- The 2009 show features departed keyboardist Oliver Wakeman -- the son of legendary Yes member Rick Wakeman.
CHECK IT OUT: Yes performing "I've Seen All Good People" live in Montreux in 2003:
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