YES Release Live Album TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA on 24th November

YES Release Live Album TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA on 24th November

Sleeve YES-Topographic Drama FINAL-2400 copyIn the Summer of 2016, Yes embarked upon an ambitious tour. At each show, the band performed its 1980 album Drama in its entirety – for the first time ever – plus sides one and four from Yes’ 1973 double-album Tales From Topographic Oceans (their first number one album), together with fan favourites like “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper.”

Rhino salutes the influential progressive rockers – who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year – with the new live album, TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA – LIVE ACROSS AMERICA. The music will be available on 24th November as a double-CD and a triple-LP. Both versions feature detailed cover art designed by the band’s longtime collaborator Roger Dean.

The new collection features live performances from 12 dates recorded on the tour in February 2017, by the current Yes line-up: Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Billy Sherwood (bass), Jon Davison (vocals), and additional drummer for this tour Jay Schellen.

TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA – LIVE ACROSS AMERICA highlights the best performances from the 2017 leg of the 12-show tour and mirrors the set list from those concerts. Each night, Yes opened with all six songs from Drama (1980), the band’s tenth studio album, which peaked at No.2 on the U.K. album chart. Standouts include “Machine Messiah,” “Tempus Fugit” and the album’s only single “Into The Lens.”

After Drama, the band shifted gears for songs from two of its best-selling albums: “And You And I” from 1972’s Close To The Edge (UK platinum) and “Heart Of The Sunrise” from 1971’s Fragile (UK platinum).

Next, the group played the opening and closing tracks of its concept album, Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973). Howe’s exceptional guitar work on “The Revealing Science Of God” and White’s propulsive drumming on “Ritual” have always been regarded as ground-breaking. The album concludes with two live staples: “Roundabout” from Fragile (1971) and “Starship Trooper” from The Yes Album (1971).

Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Yes was founded in 1968. The Grammy-Award® winning recording artists have sold more than 50 million records in a career that has so far spanned six decades.

TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA

CD Track Listing

Disc One
“Machine Messiah”
“White Car”
“Does It Really Happen?”
“Into The Lens”
“Run Through The Light”
“Tempus Fugit”
“And You And I”
“Heart Of The Sunrise”

Disc Two
“The Revealing Science Of God”
“Leaves Of Green”
“Ritual”
“Roundabout”
“Starship Trooper”

LP Track Listing

Side One
1. “Machine Messiah”
2. “White Car”
3. “Does It Really Happen?”

Side Two
“Into The Lens”
“Run Through The Light”
“Tempus Fugit”

Side Three
“And You And I”
“Heart Of The Sunrise”

Side Four
“The Revealing Science Of God”
“Leaves Of Green”

Side Five
“Ritual”

Side Six
“Roundabout”
“Starship Trooper”

2018 marks half a century since the formation of YES and to celebrate this remarkable milestone YES will embark on a 13-date UK/European tour next March – #YES50. YES also headline their Cruise to the Edge from 3rd-8th February from Tampa and visiting Belize and Mexico. Only a few cabins remain.

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#YES50 – YES Announces 50th Anniversary Tour

#YES50 – YES Announces 50th Anniversary Tour

Yes - Live Tales photo by GottliebBros hi resThe year 2018 marks half a century since the formation of the legendary group YES, one of the biggest bands in prog-rock history and true pioneers of the genre.  To celebrate this remarkable milestone YES will embark on a 10-date UK tour next March – #YES50.

On this not-to-be-missed tour, YES [Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood] will feature not only many of the band’s classic hits but performances of sides 1 and 4 and an excerpt from Side 3 of their 1973 album Tales from Topographic Oceans, which was the first Yes album to top the UK album charts.  YES will also play some European shows.   Watch this space for more dates.

The final weekend of the UK tour at the London Palladium on 24th and 25th March will include a 50th Anniversary fan convention – more details of the anniversary celebrations will be announced soon.  Roger Dean (whose fantastical landscapes have become synonymous with the band’s albums) will unveil new “Close To The Edge” paintings at the Palladium on March 25th.

YES, deservedly inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in April 2017, will release “Topographic Drama – Live Across America”, a new live album, planned for later in the year, recorded during their US 2016/17 tours.

Talking about their 50th Anniversary, Steve Howe said, “We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best loved work – we want to play things we enjoy, maybe songs we haven’t done in a while.” Geoff Downes adds “I feel enormously privileged be a part of the legacy of the incredible and unique line of musicians in YES. The band has always remained fresh and inventive throughout its 50-year history, and created an amazing catalogue of music that has inspired millions from all generations.”

Alan White says “Reflecting on the past 46 years that I’ve devoted my life to playing Yes music, it’s been an interesting journey and a true labour of love. I’ve always believed in the power of music and the band’s recent induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and our Grammy awarded in 1985 are testament to the longevity of influence our music has had through the years. I’m extremely grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to our 50th Anniversary performing together in 2018. It’s been a great ride!!”

TOUR DATES

MARCH 2018 (UK & Europe)

Tues 13th                  Bristol  Colston Hall
Weds 14th               Sheffield City Hall
Fri 16th                Glasgow SEC Armadillo
Sat 17th            Manchester Bridgewater Hall 
Sun 18th            Gateshead Sage
Tues 20th           Birmingham Symphony Hall
Weds 21st                Brighton Centre
Fri 23rd               Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Sat 24th               London Palladium
Sun 25th                London Palladium
Tue 27th               Tilburg 013
Wed 28th Antwerp De Roma
Fri 30th Paris Olympia

UK Tickets onsale Friday 8th September from 10.00am.
Available from BookingsDirect.com 24hr Ticket Hotline 0844 249 2222 (subject to fees). Also available from venue box offices and select authorised ticket agencies. 
Front row, Meet & Greet & VIP packages are available from YESWORLD.com
There is no support.   Please see ticket for start time.

About YES:

YES is: –

Steve Howe: guitars, backing vocals (1970 –1981, 1990–1992, 1995–present)
Alan White: drums, percussion (1972 – present)
Geoff Downes: keyboards (1980–1981, 2011–present)
Billy Sherwood: guitar, backing vocals ((1994, 1997–2000), bass guitar, backing vocals (2015–present)
Jon Davison: lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2012–present)

Founded in 1968 by the late and much-missed Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artist YES has created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, including iconic pieces such as “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “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, selling over 50 million records during the band’s long and successful career that has so far spanned six decades. YES is undeniably one of the world’s all time most influential, ground-breaking, respected and loved progressive rock bands.

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YES, Steve Hackett and Vangelis nominated for Prog Awards 2017

YES, Steve Hackett and Vangelis nominated for Prog Awards 2017

Prog cover July 2017

YES feature on the cover of the current issue of Prog Magazine and have been nominated for Prog Awards for both Event of the Year and Reissue of the Year for Tales from Topographic Oceans.

Also nominated for Prog Awards are Steve Hackett for Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for The Night Siren and Vangelis for Reissue of the Year for his Delectus Box Set.

You can support them by voting here:

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YES TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017

YES TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017

yesgreenlogoYes they can! YES will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the Class of 2017, it was announced this morning. The induction, following two previous nominations, will occur one year shy of the legendary progressive rock band’s 50th anniversary.

“What an honor this is for us and all involved with the history of this band,” shares guitarist Steve Howe. “We thank all the Yes fans who have been so passionate over the decades, and helped us to keep the flag flying. It is the fans who have constantly demanded our inclusion. They have been heard.”

“We look forward to accepting this esteemed award next spring in honor of our fallen brother, Chris Squire, who would have been delighted to see his musical vision finally receive such recognition,” adds drummer Alan White. “We thank everyone who voted for Yes. We’ll see you soon, Cleveland!”

The members of YES who will officially be inducted into the Rock Hall are the “Union” tour line-up: current members White and Howe, the band’s late bassist and founding member Chris Squire, and former members Jon Anderson (vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), Tony Kaye (keyboards), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and Trevor Rabin (guitar).

“Yes was like my first girlfriend, to whom I was hopelessly committed,” says Bruford. “Despite a couple of wrinkles, I’m glad to hear the old girl is in fine shape.”

Kaye confirms, “I am honored to be included in Yes’ induction. I am delighted for my friends in the band, and I salute Chris, without whom it would never have happened. Chris would have been so very proud.”

In addition to Steve Howe and Alan White, YES’ current line-up includes Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015).  

About YES:
Founded in 1968 by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES have 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. Its 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 in its career that has so far spanned almost 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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TREVOR HORN TO JOIN YES ON STAGE AT RAH FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 36 YEARS

TREVOR HORN TO JOIN YES ON STAGE AT RAH FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 36 YEARS

Yes with Trevor HornTrevor Horn has confirmed he will delight fans with a rare guest appearance during the band’s London show at Royal Albert Hall on 10th May. Trevor will also join YES on stage in Oxford on the 9th; this will be the first opportunity to see YES live with Trevor since the original Drama tour 36 years ago.

The announcement was made after Horn joined YES for a rehearsal session at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth last week; Robert Plant working also working in another studio at Rockfield also popped in to say hello to the guys.

The extensive UK and European tour sees YES performing 1980’s prog landmark album ‘Drama’ in its entirety for the very first time, together with ‘Fragile’ 1971 and other seminal hits from their catalogue. ‘Drama’, YES’ only album to feature Horn as lead vocalist, marked a change of direction for their sound and was widely acclaimed by critics, reaching number 2 in the UK charts. The band disbanded after the tour, with Trevor venturing into production. Trevor Horn went onto produce YES’ next album 90125.

“Most of the songs haven’t been performed in some 30 years’” – said Steve Howe. “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 was founded by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson in 1968. Characterised by a prog symphonic style of rock music, lengthy compositions and the use of mystical and cosmic lyrics, the band went on to record 21 albums and win several prestigious awards including Grammys, The band is recognized as one of the most influential icons in prog rock.

Still as relevant today as in the 70s, YES has maintained a loyal following while constantly attracting new crowds of music fans throughout 47 years of its outstanding career.

 

Dates as follows:

DATE
CITY
VENUE
BOX OFFICE
April 
     
Wed 27th
Glasgow
Royal Concert Hall
0141 353 8000
Fri 29th
Newcastle
City Hall
0191 277 8030
Sat 30th
Manchester
O2 Apollo
 08444 777 677
May
     
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

May      
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 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 Dbihall
June      
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).

 

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YES RELEASE VINYL of  FRAGILE AND DRAMA in original packaging TO COINCIDE WITH UK TOUR

YES RELEASE VINYL of FRAGILE AND DRAMA in original packaging TO COINCIDE WITH UK TOUR

Yes_FragileSeminal 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 will release Drama on 22nd April and Fragile on 6th May on 180gm Vinyl with replicas of the original gatefold sleeves. Fragile will also include a smaller inner booklet. This product has been expertly recreated to match the original in every way from content to physical material and product specification.

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 http://geni.us/YESMFiT.

‘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 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
April 
     
Wed 27th
Glasgow
Royal Concert Hall
0141 353 8000
Fri 29th
Newcastle
City Hall
0191 277 8030
Sat 30th
Manchester
O2 Apollo
 08444 777 677
May
     
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

May      
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 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 Dbihall
June      
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).

 

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