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Prog-rock legends to mark 50 years of iconic album
One of the most iconic music albums ever is to be performed in its entirety as it commemorates its 50th anniversary. Progressive rock pioneers YES are taking to the road with their Close to the Edge Tour. The band will be performing 10 dates across the UK and Ireland, including a date at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on June 24. The tour, which has twice been rescheduled from 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, was intended to showcase YES's 1974 album Relayer. However, it will now feature Close to the Edge, to be performed in full, due to the album's 50th anniversary, together with other classic tracks from YES's extensive catalogue. The tour, part of the band's Album Series, will go ahead despite the sad death of drummer Alan White on May 26. Alan joined YES in June 1972, just days before the original Close To The Edge Tour began. The band, comprising Alan's good friend Jay Schellen on drums, alongside Steve Howe (guitars), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals) and Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals), will dedicate the 2022 tour to Alan. All previously bought tickets remain valid, while the Relayer album tour will take place at a future date.

YES performing live on stage. Credit Gottlieb Bros

The Close to the Edge show will comprise full production and a high-definition video wall directed by Roger Dean who will also be joining the tour with an exhibition of YES related art. Following the release of The Yes Album and Fragile, in 1971, YES released what is widely considered one of the most defining albums, not only for YES but for the whole progressive movement. Close to the Edge became an inspiration for their contemporaries and for successive generations of musicians. Steve Howe of the album: "We reached a real high, doing Close to the Edge. We valued the musicianship, the artistic ideas and the vocalising that people bring and that's why we're still doing it, because it's exciting to do! Close to the Edge was voted the most-proggy album possibly ever made. It was very experimental. We had already done 10-minute epics but with Close to the Edge we just took it a stage further and I'm very pleased we were brave enough to do that."

Catch YES on their 50th anniversary Close to the Edge tour

YES 2022 UK Tour Dates:

Wed 15th June Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Fri 17th June Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Sat 18th June Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Mon 20th June Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Tues 21st June London Royal Albert Hall
Wed 22nd June York Barbican
Fri 24th June Birmingham Symphony Hall
Sun 26th June Newcastle O2 City Hall
Tues 28th June Dublin Vicar Street, Eire
Wed 29th June Cork Opera House, Eire

Tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows. For full details, and to book tickets, go to the venue's website o where you can also book Meet and Greets with the band, which was inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017 on the back of sales of more than 50 million records.
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Why? Prog-rock pioneers mark 50th anniversary of iconic album
When: June 24
Where: Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA
Cost: Tickets from 49
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