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Veteran prog-rockers reschedule cancelled tour to 2021
Veteran prog-rockers Yes have announced re-scheduled concert dates for the UK and Ireland in 2021 following the cancellation of this year's tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Album Series Tour, featuring the band's 1974 Relayer album in its entirety, was originally scheduled to kick off in May 2020 in Liverpool, The show, which will also include a selection of other classic Yes favourites such as 'Roundabout' and 'Owner of a Lonely Heart', will now begin on 16 May 2021 in Manchester. Grammy award-winning Yes, formed in 1968 by Jon Anderson and the late Chris Squire, have sold more than 50 million records worldwide including the now classic releases The Yes Album, Fragile, Close To The Edge, Yessongs (a triple live album set), Tales From Topographic Oceans, Relayer and Going For The One. They were finally inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
Drummer Alan White, who has been an ever-present since joining Yes in 1972, said: "Many things have changed in the world these past few months. My appreciation for the freedoms we've enjoyed in the past has grown along with my gratitude for all the people caring for humanity throughout the world. I can't wait to be on stage again in front of real audiences playing 'Yes' music. I'm hoping we can bring some joy and positivity back into our lives. Please take care and stay safe, we want to see our many fans and friends again in 2021!" The line-up for the rescheduled tour, which includes a date at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on 17 May 2021, also features Steve Howe (guitars), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Jay Schellen (additional drums and percussion).
Yes forced to delay tour due to coronavirus. Credit Gottlieb Bros
The forthcoming show will comprise two sets by the band - the first will feature favourite classic tracks from Yes' extensive catalogue. The second will feature Relayer, the band's seventh studio album and one of the 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. All tickets previously bought remain valid for the re-scheduled shows. Anyone wanting to book tickets for the UK dates can visit bookingsdirect.com.
See a previous interview with Steve Howe on Weekend Notes here.