Progressive pioneers YES announce a change to their forthcoming “The Album Series Tour 2022” as they will celebrate the 50th anniversary their iconic album “Close to the Edge”. This tour, twice rescheduled due to the Covid pandemic was intended to showcase YES‘ 1974 classic “Relayer” album but will now feature “Close to the Edge”, performed in full, along with other classic tracks from YES‘ extensive catalogue.
An announcement regarding the European dates will be made shortly.
The tour line-up features Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals) with additional drums and percussion by Jay Schellen. All tour dates are as previously announced and all tickets remain valid. A full performance of the “Relayer” album will now be featured in a future tour in The Album Series.
The show will comprise full production and a high-definition video wall directed by Roger Dean who will also be joining the tour with an exhibition of YES related art.
Following the release of The Yes Album and Fragile, in 1971, YES released what is widely considered one of the most defining albums, not only for YES but for the whole progressive movement. “Close to the Edge” became an inspiration for their contemporaries and for successive generations of musicians.
Steve Howe: “We reached a real high, doing Close To The Edge, we valued the musicianship, the artistic ideas and the vocalising that people bring and that’s why we’re still doing it, because it’s exciting to do! Close To The Edge was voted the most-proggy album possibly ever made. It was very experimental. We had already done 10-minute epics but with Close To The Edge we just took it a stage further and I’m very pleased we were brave enough to do that.”
YES 2022 UK Tour Dates Are:
Wednesday, 15 June 2022 Royal Concert Hall – Glasgow, UK
Friday, 17 June 2022 Bridgewater Hall – Manchester, UK
Saturday, 18 June 2022 Royal concert Hall – Nottingham, UK
Monday, 20 June 2022 Philharmonic Hall – Liverpool, UK
Tuesday, 21 June 2022 Royal Albert Hall – London, UK
Wednesday, 22 June 2022 Barbican – York, UK
Friday, 24 June 2022 Symphony Hall – Birmingham, UK
Sunday, 26 June 2022 City Hall – Newcastle, UK
Tuesday 28 June, 2022 Vicar Street – Dublin, Ireland
Wednesday 29 June, 2022 Cork Opera House – Cork, Ireland
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