Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Classic Tales of YES Tour 2024

Having had to postpone UK tour dates this year, progressive rock legends Yes are forging ahead with the announcement of the Classic Tales of YES Tour 2024 – This will entrail nineUK dates includes a visit to London’s Royal Albert Hall and the Bristol Beacon together with seven dates rescheduled from the 2023 UK tour, for which all tickets remain valid.

The band is said to be delighted to include the Royal Albert Hall among their 2024 UK tour dates having first played this prestige venue in 1968 and many times since through their illustrious career. Tickets for

The tour will feature Steve Howe (guitars, vocals), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals and acoustic guitar), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar, vocals) and new drummer Jay Schellen, who playing with Yes, in 2016, when long-serving drummer Alan White was beset by health issues. Following White’s passing in 2022, it is with the drummer’s blessing that Schellen has permanently joined the band.

The Classic Tales of YES Tour 2024 promises to include many iconic tracks from the band’s  fifty-plus years back catalogue, possibly, music from forthcoming new album Mirror To The Sky.

“We’re putting together a great setlist covering the length and breadth of Yes’ career,” said Howe.

“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,” added Downes.

The Royal Albert Hall show (Tuesday 4 June 2024) and Bristol Beacon (Friday 31 May 2024) go on sale on at 12 noon on Friday 12th May 2023 with tickets available here. All tickets remain valid for shows rescheduled from 2023.

Formed in 1968 by Jon Anderson and the late 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 of the band’s albums.

YES photo by Gottlieb Bros.

With sales of over 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 hit single ‘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 had passed away. The news came shortly before the band embarked on their classic, genre-defining album Close To The Edge 50th Anniversary Tour that they dedicated to White.

In February 2023, ahead of the news of the new studio album Mirror To The Sky, Yes confirmed Jay Schellen as the new permanent drummer with Yes, hand-picked to step into his mentor and friend Alan White’s role.

“I had done the 2016 tour on my own for Alan,” said Schellen. “From late 2017 onwards, we had a beautiful partnership. I learned and discovered so much about Alan’s style. His passion and creativity was phenomenal. The new album has Alan’s presence all over it. It is inside of us. So, this is still, in my heart, Alan just being present and with us, and with me, in a big way.”

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Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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