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Prog Rockers to thrill fans with three album concert
Rock legends Yes will perform three of their most popular albums in their entirety when they tour the UK next year. Fans of the veteran band can look forward to hearing all of 1971's The Yes Album, 1972's Close To The Edge and 1977's Going For The One. The tour takes in ten British venues, including Birmingham Symphony Hall on May 4, 2014.

Rock legends Yes - the 2013 line-up

The concept of playing the three albums has already been road tested by the band with great success in North and South America. ''The fans absolutely loved it,'' says guitarist Steve Howe.

Yes co-founder and bassist Chris Squire adds: ''We'll be performing pieces we've rarely played live. In fact, I believe the song we never performed in concert before our three-album tours is A Venture from The Yes Album.''

Drummer Alan White says playing the old material is a joy. ''This is a great opportunity to share with our European fans the growth of Yes throughout different eras and to revisit great memories of those times, as well as create brand new ones. It's great fun for us and we think our fans throughout Europe will love the performances as well.''

Joining Steve, Chris and Alan on stage are keyboardist Geoff Downes, who was recruited to Yes in 1980, and singer Jon Davison who replaced Benoit David last year.

The Yes Album
The Yes Album (1971)

The Yes Album is the band's third studio long player. Current members Chris Squire and Steve Howe both played on it and tracks Yours Is No Disgrace and I've Seen All Good People have become fan favourites.

Yes - Close To The Edge
Close To The Edge (1972)

Howe and Squire also contributed to Close To The Edge, Yes's fifth studio album which reached number four in Britain and number three in America. It is considered by many to be the band's best album, with the title track clocking in at over 18 minutes and second song, And You and I, running for ten minutes.

Yes - Going For The One
Going For The One (1977)

By 1977, and eighth studio album Going For The One, Alan White had joined Howe and Squire in Yes. The record was a British chart-topper, with shorter songs like the title track (5.32) and Wonderous Stories (3.49), although the 15 minute Awaken remains popular with fans.


The UK tour dates for next year are:
April 29: New Theatre, Oxford;
April 30: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend;
May 2: Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow;
May 3: City Hall, Newcastle;
May 4: Symphony Hall, Birmingham;
May 6: De Montfort Hall, Leicester;
May 7: City Hall, Sheffield;
May 8: Royal Albert Hall, London;
May 10: O2 Apollo, Manchester;
May 11: Hippodrome, Bristol.
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Why? Rock legends Yes perform three of their albums in their entirety
When: May 4, 2014
Phone: 0121 345 0600
Where: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Cost: 37.50 plus booking fees
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