2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee YES has revealed additional tour dates for this summer's YESTIVAL outing with special guest Todd Rundgren and an opening set from Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy honoring the magic of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, as well as a few special "Evening With YES" shows.
New additions to the 30-date tour include San Diego, Reno, San Francisco, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Cedar Rapids and Boston, among other cities. Kicking off August 4 in Greensboro, NC, YESTIVAL will travel throughout the U.S. and Canada until September 19, with stops in Brooklyn August 11 at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk and Los Angeles August 29 at the Microsoft Theater. Tickets for all YESTIVAL dates are currently on sale, except for the new September 1, 17, 18 and 19 shows, which go on sale to the public this Friday, July 21.
This summer's annual trek will feature a set list of greatest hits from all of the band's studio albums up to 1980, showcasing the storied history of one of the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands. YES--Steve Howe (guitar since 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire's choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015)--will treat fans to such hits as "Roundabout" and "Starship Trooper," performing at least one song from each of the band's first 10 albums starting with 1969's Yes to 1980's Drama.
"I think the presentation will be an interesting one because we're going to play the songs chronologically," Howe recently revealed to Guitar World (August 2017 issue). "It'll allow our fans to really get a sense of our development and how our music evolved album to album during the course of 12 years. In an hour and a half, you'll get a nice picture of that period." He also added, "We want to play things we enjoy, but maybe they should be songs we haven't done in a while. We'd like to have a few surprises up our sleeves."
The details for YESTIVAL were initially revealed live on SiriusXM April 5 during the "SiriusXM Volume Presents an Artist Confidential with YES." The exclusive hour-long in-studio event in New York City featured an interview with the band, hosted by David Fricke, and acoustic performances of "Roundabout," "Leaves of Green," and "Clap."
YESTIVAL 2017 Summer Tour Dates:
Fri8/4Greensboro, NCWhite Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Sat8/5Boone, NCHolmes Convocation Center
Mon8/7Baltimore, MDPier Six Concert Pavilion
Tue8/8Upper Darby, PATower Theatre
Thu8/10Mashantucket, CTThe Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
Fri8/11Brooklyn, NYFord Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
Sat8/12Holmdel, NJPNC Bank Center
Mon8/14Hershey, PAHershey Theatre
Wed8/16Greensburg, PAThe Palace Theatre
Thu8/17Clarkston, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre
Sat8/19Elgin, ILFestival Park - Grand Victoria Casino
Sun8/20Cleveland, OHJacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Tue8/22Oklahoma City, OKThe Zoo Amphitheatre
Wed8/23Sugar Land, TXSmart Financial Centre
Fri8/25Phoenix, AZCelebrity Theatre
Sat8/26Las Vegas, NVThe Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
~Mon8/28San Diego, CABalboa Theatre
Tue8/29Los Angeles, CAMicrosoft Theater
**Thu8/31Reno, NVGrand Sierra Resort - Grand Theatre
**Fri9/1San Francisco, CAWarfield Theatre
Sun9/3Tulalip, WATulalip Amphitheatre
^Tue9/5Vancouver, BCQueen Elizabeth Theatre
^Thu9/7Edmonton, ABNorthern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
^Fri9/8Calgary, ABSouthern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
^Mon9/11Moorhead, MNBluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheatre
^Tue9/12Cedar Rapids, IAMcGrath Amphitheatre
^Thu9/14London, ONBudweiser Gardens
**Sun9/17Boston, MAThe Wilbur Theatre
**Mon9/18Huntington, NYThe Paramount
**Tue9/19Huntington, NYThe Paramount
** YES only
~ with Carl Palmer only
^ with Todd Rundgren only
Founded in 1968 by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES has created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, such as iconic pieces "Roundabout," "Close to the Edge," "I've Seen All Good People," "Owner of a Lonely Heart," "Starship Trooper," and countless others. Its albums, including Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going For the One and 90125, have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA, and have sold over 50 million records total in its career that has so far spanned almost five decades. Among the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES continues creating masterful music that inspires musicians, fans and music lovers around the world.
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