Seminal prog pioneers YES has announced an extensive UK and European tour for April 2016. The band will be performing 1971’s ‘Fragile’ and 1980’s ‘Drama’ in their entirety, the latter for the very first time, plus other seminal tracks including ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ and ‘Starship Trooper’.
‘Most of the songs haven’t been performed in some 30 years’ – said Steve Howe. ‘Fragile and Drama mark two essential chapters of our career and we’re looking forward to share the whole journeys with our fans throughout Europe’. ‘Reliving those years will be very emotional’ – adds drummer Alan White – ‘I know Chris would have loved to be here with us for this’.
YES has recently lost bassist and co-founder Chris Squire, a tragedy that left the prog world in mourning. His replacement Billy Sherwood found a big pair of shoes to fill, as YES set out to honour his memory by keeping the band’s legacy alive. The band recently toured the US tour with fellow prog legends Toto to an enthusiastic reception.
YES was founded by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson in 1968. Characterized by a unique, prog symphonic style of rock music, lengthy compositions and the use of mystical and cosmic lyrics, the band found success in 1971 with two of the band’s most celebrated records, ‘The YES Album’ and ‘Fragile’. The band went on to record 21 albums and win several prestigious awards including Grammys. Yes is recognized as one of the most influential icons in prog rock.
Still as relevant today as they were in the 70s, YES has maintained a loyal following while constantly attracting new crowds of music fans throughout 47 years of outstanding career. With ‘Fragile’ and ‘Drama’ representing two essential moments of the band’s history, it will be an opportunity for all to rediscover some undisputed gems of the genre.
Dates as follows:
DATE CITY VENUE BOX OFFICE
Wed 27th Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 0141 353 8000
Fri 29th Newcastle City Hall 0191 277 8030
Sat 30th Manchester Apollo 08444 777 677
Mon 2nd Liverpool Philharmonic 0151 709 3789
Tue 3rd Sheffield City Hall 0114 2789 789
Wed 4th Bristol Colston Hall 0844 887 1500
Fri 6th Birmingham Symphony Hall 0121 345 0602
Sat 7th Brighton Brighton Centre 0844 847 1515
Mon 9th Oxford * New Theatre 0844 871 3020
Tue 10th London** Royal Albert Hall 0207 589 8212
Dates for rest of EUROPE
13th Paris FRANCE Olympia
14th Brussels BELGIUM Ancienne Belgique
15th Utrecht NETHERLANDS Tivolivredenburg
17th Hamburg GERMANY Mehr Theater
19th Frankfurt GERMANY Alte Oper
20th Leipzig GERMANY Haus Avensee
21st Berlin GERMANY Admiralspalast
23rd Bonn GERMANY Beethovenhalle
24th StuttgartGERMANY Hegelsaal
25th Munich GERMANY Cirkus Krone
27th Zurich SWITZERLAND Volkshaus
28th Milan ITALY Teatro Nazionale
29th Padova ITALY Gran Teatro Geox
31st Florence ITALY Obihall
1st Rome ITALY Teatro Olimpico
UK Tickets are £39 for all venues except London. Oxford* £39 + £1.25 venue restoration levy.
London** £55 (boxes), £48.50, £45, £38 Tickets are available from 24hour Ticket Hotline: 0844 338 0000 and Online from BookingsDirect.com. Showtime is 7.30pm (plus support).