A lot of bands are playing one of their classic albums in full during recent tours but Yes are upping the stakes with plans to perform three of their classic albums in their entirety each night on their upcoming tour.
The progressive rock legends plan to perform their 1971's The Yes Album, 1972's Close To The Edge and 1977's Going For The One albums in full during most of the stops on their 2013 tour.
Steve Howe says, "These albums we all easily agreed on--they are complete works in themselves," adding that several of the songs have rarely been performed live. "I believe the only song not performed in concert is 'A Venture' from The Yes Album," says Chris Squire. "And probably the most tricky of all the songs planned for this set is 'Turn of the Century' from the Going for the One album." Alan White believes "This is a great opportunity to show the growth of Yes in these different eras--and to relive the memories of these times."
The band is set to kick off the North American tour March 1 and conclude April 12 in Detroit. A few stops on the tour will only feature performances of The Yes Album and Close To The Edge due to venue time constraints.
After starting in West Wendover, Nevada, the historic trek continues down the West Coast including stops in Seattle (3/3, Moore Theatre), San Francisco (3/5, The Warfield) and Los Angeles (3/6, Orpheum Theatre) before heading east for shows in New York (4/9, Beacon Theatre), Toronto (4/11, Massey Hall), Detroit (4/12, Fox Theatre) and more.
The tour will mark the first time since 1973 that YES--who have sold close to 50 million albums worldwide--have performed an album onstage in its entirety.
"I think the 12-inch album is alive and well as reinforced by the rising interest in the analog format," says Squire when asked about the album format in the singles-driven digital age. The album, says Howe, "has never totally gone away--there are those who completely understand."
*Fri 3/1 West Wendover, NV Peppermill Concert Hall
Sun 3/3 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
Tue 3/5 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
Wed 3/6 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
Fri 3/8 Temecula, CA Pechanga Theater (at Pechanga Casino)
*Sat 3/9 Reno, NV Silver Legacy Casino
Tue 3/12 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
Thu 3/14 Omaha, NE Holland Performing Arts Center
Sat 3/16 Hammond, IN The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Sun 3/17 Louisville, KY Palace Theatre
Mon 3/18 Kansas City, MO The Midland by AMC
Wed 3/20 Austin, TX ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Thu 3/21 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre
*Fri 3/22 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Live - Biloxi
*Sun 3/24 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena
Sat 3/30 Melbourne, FL Maxwell C. King Center for the Perf. Arts
Tue 4/2 Clearwater, FL Ruck Eckerd Hall
*Fri 4/5 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand at Foxwoods
Sat 4/6 Hampton, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Sun 4/7 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Tue 4/9 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Thu 4/11 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Fri 4/12 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
*Yes will only be performing two albums--The Yes Album and Close To The Edge--for shows at casinos due to the time constrictions of events held there.
The Yes Album (1971)
Yours Is No Disgrace
a: Life Seeker
I've Seen All Good People
a: Your Move
b: All Good People
Close To The Edge (1972)
Close To The Edge
I. The Solid Time of Change
II. Total Mass Retain
III. I Get Up, I Get Down
IV. Seasons of Man
And You And I
I. Cord of Life
III. The Preacher the Teacher
Going For The One (1977)
Going for the One
Turn of the Century