DATE: SEPTEMBER 22, 2023
FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK, SRO PR
ON THE ROAD NOW WITH THEIR
CAREER-SPANNING “CLASSIC TALES OF YES” U.S.TOUR
THROUGH NOVEMBER 4 IN RIVERSIDE, CA
Clockwise from front: Jay Schellen, Jon Davison, Billy Sherwood, Geoff Downes, Steve Howe
Photo Credit: Gottlieb Bros.
Following last year’s sold-out U.S. tour, YES—who are Steve Howe (guitars, vocals), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals, acoustic guitar), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar, vocals), and Jay Schellen (drums)—have returned to America with a career-spanning set list. The “Classic Tales Of Yes” tour launched September 21 in Bethlehem, PA and ends November 4 in Riverside, CA.
On this tour—the latest presentation of their ongoing concert series illuminating their classic music—YES is performing many iconic tracks from the influential and pioneering Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees’ catalog covering 50-plus years as well as music from their acclaimed new album MIRROR TO THE SKY (released May 19 on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music). See below for the in-progress list of tour dates. Go to www.yesworld.com/live for ticketing information.
Ahead of the tour, YES was captured in the photos below at their rehearsals in Lititz, Pennsylvania and shared these quotes.
“We’ve put together a great setlist covering the length and breadth of Yes’ career.” – Steve Howe
“Our ‘Classic Tales of Yes’ tour is one of our most diverse and adventurous tours to date. Spanning the entire fifty-five years of the band (yes 55!), we are introducing tracks from our latest album Mirror To The Sky. I’m sure the fans that are already familiar with the album will greatly appreciate us performing songs from it live. Of course, alongside many of the other Yes classics, we are also adding in a few surprises for good measure. – Geoff Downes
“We so look forward to bringing to the stage many highlights and fan favorites from across the diverse Yes cannon, plus a few selections from our warmly received new studio album, Mirror to the Sky. Come join us beneath the stars!” — Jon Davison
“We are playing some amazing selections from the YES catalog, including a few tracks from our new record Mirror To The Sky. It’s a very exciting show we’ve put together and one I know YES fans will enjoy. See ya there!!!” — Billy Sherwood
“There is so much excitement surrounding this tour. It’s quite expansive—there’s something in it for every YES fan including brand new music from our new record. We’re very much looking forward to performing it!” — Jay Schellen
Before the tour kicked off, YES performed an intimate fan club show in Lititz, Pennsylvania, for which Ultimate Classic Rock was on hand and observed in part: “After opening their set with the title track from 1977’s Going for the One, Yes unearthed ‘It Will Be a Good Day (The River), off 1999’s The Ladder, for the first time since 2000. They also performed 1977’s ‘Turn of the Century’ for the first time since 2014, and several other tracks—including ‘Machine Messiah,’ ‘Time and a Word’ and ‘South Side of the Sky’”— for the first time since 2018. Read the full article HERE.
YES Rehearsal Photos for their 2023 “Classic Tales Of Yes” U.S. tour in Lititz, PA
From left: Steve Howe, Jon Davison, Geoff Downes
The “Classic Tales Of Yes” evening begins with an on-site presentation by world-renowned English artist and designer Roger Dean, whose masterful artwork of striking other-worldly landscapes has graced classic album covers and posters, most prominently by YES and Asia. Every show will feature a Roger Dean gallery in the venue’s reception/foyer area. His work—which also appears on the cover of MIRROR TO THE SKY—has sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide.
Here are the “Classic Tales Of Yes” tour dates in the U.S:
|Thursday, September 21||Bethlehem, PA||Wind Creek Event Center|
|Friday, September 22||Philadelphia, PA||The Met|
|Sunday, September 24||New Haven, CT||College Street Music Hall|
|Monday, September 25||Portland, ME||State Theatre|
|Wednesday, September 27||Lynn, MA||Lynn Auditorium|
|Thursday, September 28||Westbury, NY||NYCB Theatre|
|Saturday, September 30||New Brunswick, NJ||State Theatre|
|Sunday, October 1||Englewood, NJ||Bergen PAC|
|Tuesday, October 3||Oxon Hill, MD||MGM National Harbor|
|Wednesday, October 4||Greensboro, NC||Steven Tanger Center|
|Friday, October 6||Charleston, SC||Charleston Music Hall|
|Sunday, October 8||Pompano Beach, FL||Pompano Beach Amphitheater|
|Tuesday, October 10||Orlando, FL||Steinmetz Hall|
|Saturday, October 11||Clearwater, FL||Ruth Eckerd Hall|
|Friday, October 13||Mobile, AL||Saenger Theatre|
|Monday, October 16||Cincinnati, OH||Andrew J Brady Music Center|
|Tuesday, October 17||Nashville, IN||Brown County Music Center|
|Thursday, October 19||Warren, MI||Andiamo Showroom|
|Friday, October 20||Cleveland, OH||Temple Live|
|Sunday, October 22||Joliet, IL||Rialto Square Theatre|
|Monday, October 23||St. Louis, MO||The Factory|
|Thursday, October 26||Denver, CO||Paramount Theatre|
|Saturday, October 28||Salt Lake City, UT||Delta Hall At Eccles Theater|
|Monday, October 30||Los Angeles, CA||The Wiltern|
|Tuesday, October 31||Napa, CA||Blue Note Napa|
|Friday, November 3||El Cajon, CA||The Magnolia|
|Saturday, November 4||Riverside, CA||Fox Performing Arts Center|
Photo Credit: Gottlieb Bros.
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