Yes To Tour ‘Fragile’ and ‘Drama’ In UK and Europe In April


Yes – Photo By Glenn Gottlieb



Billy Sherwood Alan White photo by Glenn Gottlieb

Seminal prog pioneers YES hit the road for an extensive UK and European tour at the end of this month…. 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’.


Warners has recently released all of their catalogue YES albums Mastered For iTunes.  These include The Yes Album, Fragile, Going For The One, Time and a Word, Yes, 90125, Tales From  Topographic Oceans and Drama. You can buy them from   They will also re-release Drama on Vinyl LP on 22nd April.  The Vinyl LP of Fragile will follow shortly after that.


‘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’.


Steve Howe 12 string photo by Glenn Gottlieb

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                 Stuttgart Germany            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  Showtime is 7.30pm.  Tickets and VIP upgrades are also available from –



About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!
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