Spotlight: YES Dedicate 'Close To The Edge' 50th Anniversary Tour To The Late Alan White
Progressive Rock legends YES return to Newcastle City Hall 26th June 2022 to commemorate 50 years since the release of the 'Close To The Edge' album. They will be playing the album in full alongside other YES classics. The show will also feature full stage production of video walls directed by Roger Dean who will also be there with an exhibition of YES Art. Messrs Howe, Downes, Davison, Sherwood and Schellen are dedicating the tour to the memory of drummer Alan White who sadly passed away recently. This promises to be a wonderful night of celebration of both YES music and the life of Alan White.
Alan White joined YES in June 1972, just days before their 'Close To The Edge' Tour began. Over the following 50 years Alan would appear on every YES album including 2021’s 'The Quest'. Following the global pandemic, Alan had been looking forward to this tour and re-joining his bandmates on stage, something he lived for, in the run up to his 50th anniversary of joining Yes.
Sadly that was not be, but Alan’s towering presence will be omnipresent on the tour. Alan’s good friend, Jay Schellen, will join YES for the forthcoming tour, alongside Steve Howe (guitars), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals) and Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals).
Following the release of 'The Yes Album' and 'Fragile', in 1971, YES released what is widely considered one of the most defining albums, not only for YES but for the whole progressive movement. 'Close to the Edge' became an inspiration for their contemporaries and for successive generations of musicians.
YES 2022 UK Tour:
15th June Wednesday Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
17th June Friday Manchester Bridgewater Hall
18th June Saturday Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
20th June Monday Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
21st June Tuesday London Royal Albert Hall
22nd June Thursday York Barbican
24th June Friday Birmingham Symphony Hall
26th June Sunday Newcastle O2 City Hall
28th June Tuesday Dublin Vicar Street, Eire
29th June Wednesday Cork Opera House, Eire
For full details and to book tickets for all shows go to venue website or http://yesworld.com/live where you can also book Meet and Greets with the band.