Celebrating the 50th year since one of prog’s greatest exports formed, in March, Yes will be performing a series of 10 spectacular shows culminating in back-to-back nights at one of London’s finest venues- The Palladium.
As ever, these shows will be a journey. However, on top of the long string of hits Yes have produced over the last five decades (such as ‘Roundabout’, ‘Starship Trooper’ and ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’), we will this time be treated to the epic 1st and 4th sides (with a teaser of the 3rd) of their incredible 1973 album ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’- the first of their albums to reach the top of the album charts. On top of this, long term guitarist Steve Howe promises ‘a tour that encompasses some of our best loved work’ with ‘songs we haven’t played for a while’. This is going to be a delightfully varied setlist.
Recently, Yes were finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and have since then released a live album documenting their 2016/2017 US tour and will continue to add European dates to the upcoming anniversary tour.
However, the anniversary celebrations don’t stop with these shows. When Yes reach the Palladium on the 24th and 25th of March, it will have been turned into a Mecca for Yes fans, with details of the convention coming soon. One thing we know for sure, though, is that long-time collaborator and album cover artist Roger Dean will unveil brand new ‘Close To The Edge’ artwork on the 25th. Certainly an event not to be missed.
‘It’s been a great ride!’ says drummer Alan White. I’m sure it’ll continue to be.
Yes begin their 50th anniversary tour at Bristol’s Colston Hall on March 13th 2018.