YES, one of the most innovative of all prog-rock bands, and true legends of the genre, recently announced an 8 date UK tour for May and June of 2020. YES will take the tour to Europe for another 24 dates (see full list below). The Album Series 2020 Tour will feature their 1974 Relayer album in its entirety together with a selection of other classic YES favourites.
This tour follows their 2018 highly successful #YES50 Anniversary tour and again features the line-up of Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals), Jon Davison (vocals) and Jay Schellen (additional drums and percussion).
The show will comprise two sets by the band with full production and a high definition video wall. The first will feature favourite classic tracks from YES’ extensive catalogue. The second will feature
Relayer, the seventh studio album by YES, and one of the band’s most distinctive. Relayer marked a slight change in direction as Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman on keyboards bringing an edgier, avant-garde feel to the album. This was perfect for the opening track Gates Of Delirium, almost 22 minutes in length, with its battle scene featuring the keyboard of Moraz and Steve Howe’s guitar. The battle gives way to the beautiful closing ballad Soon, a prayer for peace and hope.
The album continues with Sound Chaser, a prog-rock-jazz fusion experiment heavily influenced by Moraz’s style and To Be Over, a calm and gentle conclusion to the album, based on a melody by Steve Howe.
Released in late 1974 on Atlantic Records, Relayer continued YES’ success reaching number 4 in the UK album chart and number 5 in the US Billboard chart.
“We are really looking forward to playing ALL of the Relayer album” says Steve Howe. “Having premiered The Gates Of Delirium this year, we continue by expanding our Album Series with all the tracks: The Gates Of Delirium, Sound Chaser and To Be Over.” Howe goes on to say: “During the first half of the evening we’ll be performing a refined selection from Yes’ enormous 50 year + repertoire.” See you there!”
Alan White comments: “I always enjoy coming home to England so I’m especially looking forward to Yes’ upcoming “Album Series 2020” tour. “Relayer” I believe, is one of the most creative and interesting musical compilations in the bands repertoire. Challenging and extremely enjoyable to play, I’m happy to be bringing this music back to live stages throughout Europe. I hope all who attend our shows will enjoy these cuts as much as we like performing them for our audiences.”
European Dates are:
Friday 24 April Portugal Lisbon Campo Pequeno TBC
Saturday 25 April Spain Madrid Box Vistalegre
Sunday 26 April Spain Barcelona Razzmatazz 1
Tuesday 28 April Italy Milan Teatro Dal Verme
Wednesday 29 April Italy Rome Santa Cecilia-Parco Della Musica
Thursday 30 April Italy Padova Teatro Geox
Saturday 2 May Switzerland Zurich Komplex
Monday 4 May Austria Vienna Arena
Tuesday 5 May Czech Republic Prague Forum Karlin
Thursday 7 May Germany Halle/Saale Stewintorvariete
Friday 8 May Germany Berlin Theatre am Potsdamer Platz
Saturday 9 May Poland Wroclaw Narodowe Forum Muzyki
Monday 11 May Estonia Tallinn Alexela Concert Hall
Tuesday 12 May Finland Helsinki Circus
Thursday 14 May Sweden Stockholm Circus
Friday 15 May Norway Oslo Sentrum Scene
Saturday 16 May Denmark Helsingor Kulturvaerftet
Monday 18 May Denmark Aarhus Train
Tuesday 19 May Germany Monchengladbach Red Box
Wednesday 20 May Luxembourg Esch-sur-Alzette Rockhal
Friday 22 May France Paris Olympia
Saturday 23 May Netherlands Utrecht Tivolivredenburg
Sunday 24 May Belgium Leuven Het Depot
Tuesday 26 May Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Wednesday 27 May Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Friday 29 May York Barbican
Saturday 30 May Gateshead The Sage
Sunday 31 May Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Tuesday 2 June Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wednesday 3 June Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Friday 5 June London Royal Albert Hall
Sunday 7th June Dublin Vicar Street
Tickets for UK shows are available from: 24hr Ticket Hotline: 0844 249 2222 bookingsdirect.com Meet & Greet packages available, for info go to yesworld.com Showtime is 8pm. For European shows please go to yesworld.com or the venue website.
Roger Dean will attend every show on the UK and European dates, and will have an exhibition of his iconic art, will be available to chat with fans front of house and sign merch, plus will be in the VIP meet and greets.