DATE: JUNE 29, 2018
FROM: BARI LIEBERMAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER-MSO PR
ANNOUNCES FORMER MEMBER
TO JOIN BAND IN PHILADELPHIA
AT THEIR JULY 20 AND 21 SHOWS
AND U.S. FAN CONVENTION
IN-PROGRESS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
#YES50: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF YES
YES in Los Angeles, CA June 19, 2018 (photo credit: Alex Kluft)
L-R: Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, Jay Schellen, Tony Kaye, Alan White, Billy Sherwood
Prog rock pioneers YES have revealed more exciting plans for their official 50th Anniversary celebration #YES50 by announcing that former member Trevor Horn will sit in with the band during their special two-night stand at The Fillmore in Philadelphia July 20 and 21. In addition, Horn is set to participate in the YesFanFest – 50 True Summers U.S. fan convention taking place Saturday, July 21 at The Foundry in Philadelphia, where he’ll join the current members of YES and other alumni, including keyboardists Patrick Moraz and Tom Brislin, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the band’s dedicated fan base. Famed artist Roger Dean, who’s designed countless album covers and logos licensed exclusively for YES, will also take part in the fan convention.
Horn previously sang lead vocals on the band’s 1980 album Drama and produced their albums 90125 (1983) and Big Generator (1987) along with 2011’s Fly From Here. Earlier this year, YES issued Fly From Here – Return Trip, a new version of the album featuring lead vocals by Horn. Released March 25, Fly From Here – Return Trip--available from Pledge Music (here)–also contains a previously unreleased song, “Don’t Take No For An Answer,” recorded in 2011 featuring Steve Howe on lead vocals, and the full-length version of “Hour of Need,” previously only available as a Japanese bonus track. Signed vinyl and CD versions of the album will be available in Philadelphia. Horn also sat in with YES as a special guest during the European leg of their Golden Anniversary tour at their London and Paris shows in March.
YES—Steve Howe (guitar since 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015)–recently kicked off this summer’s tour, billed as #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES, on June 5. During the entire 35-date tour, founding member/Grammy winner/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tony Kaye (keyboards; 1968-1971 and 1983-1995) is joining the band as a special guest during an extended encore, performing such YES hits as “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper.”
The #YES50 cross-country “Evening with YES” trek has been receiving critical praise for the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, with Vintage Rock‘s Shawn Perry saying the Anaheim, CA show “proved the bar has been set high” (6/20/18) and Alex Kluft from Music Connection noting, “YES is the type of band that always puts on an unforgettable show and takes the audience on a journey through decades of great music” (6/22/18). Highwire Daze‘s Ken Morton called the Los Angeles show, “the concert of a lifetime” and added, “YES at 50 presents each and every member at the height of their creative energies, unleashing timeless compositions that will remain within our consciousness for an eternity. Do not miss YES 50 when they arrive to captivate your town with their thrilling auditory tapestries!” (6/26/18). Kevin Keating from SF Bay Area Concerts summed it up best saying, “The night featured a wide range of songs from across their 21 album catalog…This wasn’t meant to be a ‘greatest hits’ show, but a celebration of the diversity of styles across the band’s 50 year history, and an homage to the late Chris Squire…YES put on a great show and it was fantastic to see Tony Kaye perform with the band that he founded 50 years ago” (6/21/18). See below for additional feedback.
#YES50 continues tonight (June 29) in Grand Rapids, MI and runs through July 28 in Atlanta, GA. See below for full list of remaining tour dates and go to www.yesworld.com for ticketing information, including VIP and meet & greet package options.
In other YES news, today, Warner Music has released YES: The Steven Wilson Remixes, a five-album vinyl set featuring Steven Wilson’s remixes of five classic YES studio albums: The Yes Album (1971), Fragile (1971), Close To The Edge (1972), the double album Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973) and Relayer (1974). Each album features remixed audio by Steven Wilson, released on vinyl for the first time, and artwork created specifically for the set by Roger Dean, with new cover art for Close To The Edge and Tales From Topographic Oceans and reworked art by Dean for the remaining three covers. In their 10 out of 10 review, the UK’s Classic Rock magazine called the new set, “absolutely vital” noting, “The five-album run from The Yes Album to Relayer is one of rock’s greatest. This is music that is aspirational, inspirational and often transcendent. It’s music that is beautiful, and brave, and occasionally violent. It’s music born of a giddy spirit of adventure, played by musicians operating at the absolute peak of their powers. And it’s utterly dazzling from start to finish” (Fraser Lewry, Summer 2018 issue). View the promo video for YES: The Steven Wilson Remixes here.
Critical praise for #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES:
“When [Tony Kaye] showed up in Anaheim, you could feel an extra surge of excitement…[Steve Howe] indulged the audience with the shrill of the pedal steel on the ‘Soon’ portion from ‘The Gates of Delirium.’ That one still makes the hair on my arms stand to attention. Slender and sleight, the guitarist attacks his instrument with pointed passion and precision…Tonight, there was simply no way to ignore [Howe’s] brilliance…Kaye played with abandon, asserting his might at the breaks and on an extended solo during ‘Roundabout.’ By the time the grand sweep of ‘Starship Trooper’ spread its sonic space dust over the bedazzled crowd, the majestic history of Yes couldn’t have been more apparent…Tonight proved the bar has been set high.”
–Shawn Perry, Vintage Rock, 6/20/18
“YES is the type of band that always puts on an unforgettable show and takes the audience on a journey through decades of great music. [The Ford Theatre in Los Angeles] was the perfect venue to see YES at.”
“The opulence of the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre [in Los Angeles] with the captivating majesty of the YES experience was the absolute winning combination. As the sun was beginning to set, the legendary YES made their way to the stage, ready to celebrate their 50 Year Anniversary with the concert of a lifetime. Out onto the stage arrived a collection of the most respected musicians on the planet and what a dazzling set of YES songs they all had in store for the audience!…The grand finale was nothing short of mesmerizing…YES at 50 presents each and every member at the height of their creative energies, unleashing timeless compositions that will remain within our consciousness for an eternity. Do not miss YES 50 when they arrive to captivate your town with their thrilling auditory tapestries!”
“The night featured a wide range of songs from across their 21 album catalog…This wasn’t meant to be a ‘greatest hits’ show, but a celebration of the diversity of styles across the band’s 50 year history, and an homage to the late Chris Squire…YES put on a great show and it was fantastic to see Tony Kaye perform with the band that he founded 50 years ago.”
“YES played some of their most eccentric songs which also showcased the band’s musicianship and playing ability. ‘Perpetual Change,’ ‘Does It Really Happen?’ and ‘Soon’ were played to near perfection and the audience showed their appreciation with standing ovations at the conclusion of each song…The band put on an exceptional performance and it was an awesome evening of great music.”
–Michael Baltierra, VNYLDEN.com, 6/16/18
“The kings of progressive rock are showing they still have the drive and the loyal fan base to keep going for years to come.”
“Howe’s guitar playing was stellar and watching his nimble fingers move effortless across the neck of any guitar is worth the price of admission…A perfect evening of YES playing as good in 2018 as they did in 1968…actually maybe even better.”
“[The show] was exactly what the habitual fans yearned to experience. It is tough to believe with such forward-looking sounds-sounds that even today are evocative of the future-that the band has entertained for five incredible decades…Top to bottom, the night was absolutely filled with imagination and astral emotions that swept everyone away to another place…Each song certainly seemed like a culmination, but the band still had an extra electrifying burst to close out the night. It was like a perfect story told throughout the entire performance with the climatic finish timed ever so impeccably.”
“The setlist certainly contained some surprises…[Jon Davison] handles the falsettos effortlessly, and delivers a stellar performance…Lifelong fans will enjoy hearing the soundtrack of their teenage years…[and] casual fans will enjoy the musicianship, and mastery of instruments displayed by all members of the band…In short, when Yes is in town, it’s a show not to be missed.”
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YES (L-R): Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Alan White, Jon Davison, Billy Sherwood
Photo Credit: Gottlieb Bros.
Founded in 1968 by the late Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES has created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, such as iconic pieces “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Starship Trooper,” and countless others. The band’s albums, including Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going For the One and 90125, have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA, and have sold over 50 million records total during the band’s long and successful career that has so far spanned over five decades. Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES continues creating masterful music that inspires musicians, fans and music lovers around the world.
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