YES Classic Tales Tour 2024

YES Classic Tales Tour 2024


Posted 2023-05-09 by Tony Collinsfollow

Thu 23 May 2024 - Tue 04 Jun 2024

Prog-rock legends YES have announced a select number of UK dates for next year when they embark on their Classic Tales tour. The nine dates feature a newly-arranged visit to London’s Royal Albert Hall, as well as several appearances which have been rescheduled from this year's tour, for which all tickets remain valid. They include a performance at Symphony Hall in Birmingham which will now take place on Saturday 1st June 2024. The Classic Tales of YES Tour 2024 promises to include many iconic tracks from the YES back-catalogue covering 50-plus years and, possibly, music from the new album Mirror To The Sky (to be released on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music on the 19th May 2023).

The tour will feature Steve Howe on guitars and vocals, Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals and acoustic guitar), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar, vocals) and new drummer Jay Schellen. Jay began playing with YES, in 2016, when long-serving drummer Alan White was beset by health issues. Following Alan’s untimely passing in 2022, it is with Alan’s blessing that Jay has permanently joined the band. Looking forward to the tour, Steve Howe said: "We're putting together a great setlist covering the length and breadth of YES’ career." Geoff Downes added: "As always, we are committed to pushing new boundaries and are very excited to be performing another chapter in the rich legacy of the band."

YES in live action in 2022. Credit Mike Ainscoe

Formed in 1968 by Jon Anderson and the late, and much-missed, Chris Squire, YES have been one of the most innovative, influential and best-loved bands in rock music history. Their 1970s albums The Yes Album, Fragile, Close To The Edge, Yessongs (a triple live album set), Tales From Topographic Oceans, Relayer and Going For The One were ground-breaking in musical style and content. Their music also became synonymous with artist Roger Dean whose distinctive YES logo design and artwork adorned the lavish gatefold presentation sleeves of many YES albums.

With sales of more than 50 million records, the Grammy-award winning YES were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017 where they performed Roundabout from the album Fragile and the FM radio-friendly Owner Of A Lonely Heart from the 1985 album 90125. YES released their 22nd studio album in 2021, The Quest, produced by Steve Howe and which went to No. 1 in the UK Rock Albums Chart and entered the Official UK Album Chart at No. 20. In 2022 came the sad news that drummer Alan White, ever-present in the YES line-up for 50 years, had passed away. The news came shortly before the band embarked on the 50th anniversary tour of their classic Close To The Edge album which they dedicated to Alan.

The progressive rock legends embark on Classic Tales tour in 2024

The Classic Tales tour includes two new dates at the Bristol Beacon on Friday 31st May 2024 and The Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 4th June 2024. YES first played at the prestige London venue in 1968 and many times since throughout their illustrious career. Tickets for the Royal Albert Hall and Bristol Beacon concerts go on sale on at 12noon on Friday 12th May 2023. Tickets can be bought from:

The Classic Tales of YES Tour 2024 dates are as follows:
Thursday 23 May Manchester Bridgewater Hall*
Friday 24 May Glasgow Royal Concert Hall*
Sunday 26 May Liverpool Philharmonic Hall*
Tuesday 28 May York Barbican*
Wednesday 29 May Southend Cliffs Pavilion*
Friday 31May Bristol Beacon
Saturday 1 June Birmingham Symphony Hall*
Sunday 2 June Gateshead The Sage*
Tuesday 4 June London Royal Albert Hall
  • Show rescheduled from 2023, all tickets remain valid.

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