News of the 2022 Yes tour that hits the UK in June.
Seminal prog rock band Yes head out across the UK in a couple of weeks’ time, picking up where they left off with pre-pandemic plans but with a minor tweak or two.
Following the sad news of the passing of drummer Alan White just over a week ago, the band will go ahead with their forthcoming tour which, rather than featuring the planned Relayer album, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their iconic album Close To The Edge, with the tour being dedicated to Alan.
Long term guitarist, Steve Howe says: “It is with great sadness that I join with the other members of Yes to acknowledge the passing of our dearest friend and drummer, Alan White. He gave so many of his best years to the band and was a true believer and determined professional til the very end. Being a kind and loving human being just came naturally to him, with his mellow, non-confrontational personality and abundant generosity, which made him so popular with his friends and everyone he met.“
Many fans will recall with the passing of founder member and bassist Chris Squire back in 2015, the shows that followed all began with his trademark Rickenbacker spotlit on stage while a recording of his Onward played over he PA in a touching and respectful tribute as a prelude to the show.
The Close To The Edge show itself promises a full production and a high-definition video wall featuring the work of Roger Dean who will also be joining the tour with an exhibition of YES-related art.
Regularly featured on our pages, just search ‘Yes’ and you’ll find a shedload of features and reviews of the band and members’ solo work. We’ll be at the second show of the tour in Manchester to bring you our match report as Howe, Geoff Downes, Billy Sherwood, Jon Davison and drummer Jay Schellen take the stage for their first series of shows since 2019 that promises to be an emotional return.