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YES To Release New Album, ‘The Royal Affair Tour, Live From Las Vegas,’ October 30

 
 
 
 
DATE:            SEPTEMBER 2, 2020
 
FROM:           MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK, SRO PR
 
 
YES
TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM,
‘THE ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR, LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS,’
OCTOBER 30 ON BMG RECORDS
 

Album artwork by Roger Dean
 
Following the outstanding success of their 2019 American tour, YES will release a new live album, THE ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR, LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS, through BMG Records. The release date of the album is October 30, but it will be available exclusively through the YES Store starting October 2. Formats are: CD digi sleeve with a 12-page booklet; 2LP gatefold with 12″ booklet; and digital.
All YES concert tours are special events for their legions of fans, and “The Royal Affair Tour” was no exception, conceived as a wonderful celebration of the best of British progressive music. Guests on the tour were Asia (with YES keyboardist Geoff Downes and a special appearance by Steve Howe), John Lodge of The Moody Blues and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy featuring Arthur Brown.
Of THE ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR album, Alan White says: “The Royal Affair tour album, being released in October, is a welcome new chapter in the wide expanse of YES live recordings. I hope you enjoy it.”
Guitarist Steve Howe adds: “Having the opportunity to bring together the band members in the development of a well-refined set of songs that captures the band’s true potential is simply an honor for me.”
The show features many classic tracks across the period 1970-1980. The set opened with “No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed,” the Richie Havens cover from YES‘ second album Time And A Word (1970). “Tempus Fugit” was taken from Drama (1980), Geoff Downes’ first as a member of YES, while “Going For The One,” “I’ve Seen All Good People” and “Siberian Khatru” are from some of YES‘ iconic mid-70s albums. The set included a rare live performance of YES‘ cover of Paul Simon’s “America”and John Lodge shared vocals on YES’ cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Soon-to-be YES drummer Alan White played on the original studio recording.
“The Royal Affair Tour” live set and album, recorded at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, in July 2019, reaches a climax with two of the best-loved YES tracks, “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper,” always a high note on which to close the set.
YES are Steve Howe (guitar) who joined in 1970; Alan White, drums since 1972; Geoff Downes (keyboards) who first joined in 1980; vocalist since 2011 Jon Davison; and Billy Sherwood, who played guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and was the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015, also played with Asia on this tour. Jay Schellen played additional drums.
“The Royal Affair Tour” also featured an exhibition of original art by Roger Dean whose artwork is synonymous having designed the iconic YES logo and the band’s best-loved album covers. Roger Dean recently painted THE ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR album artwork live on Facebook while also fielding questions from fans.
The 26-date “The Royal Affair Tour”and YES‘ performances were critically acclaimed:
 
“Yes proved again that they are, after all these years, still the kings of progressive rock.”Charlie Steffens, Vintage Rock, 8/5/19
 
It was a unique night of rock music history that has endured for half a century.”L. Paul Mann, Grateful Web, 8/6/19
 
As always, YES put on a magical show and took the crowd on a journey through their hits.”Alex Kluft, Music Connection, 8/5/19
 
The band sounded great and had brilliant visuals to accompany the songs. Sherwood’s bass playing is perfectly suited to capture the essence of the late Chris Squire while Geoff Downes and Steve Howe are still at the top of their games. Vocalist Jon Davison… looks extremely comfortable on stage, hitting each note with ease.”Roie Avin, The Prog Report, 7/15/19
 
The Royal Affair Tour – Live in Las Vegas track listing:
1. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
2. Tempus Fugit
3. Going For The One
4. I’ve Seen All Good People
5. Siberian Khatru
6. Onward
7. America
8. Imagine
9. Roundabout
10. Starship Trooper
 
Recorded live at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel, Friday, July 26,2019, THE ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR, LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS was mixed by Billy Sherwood and is released by BMG Records. Customers who order via the YES Store will receive their albums on October 2 with the album on general release starting October 30.
 
About Yes
For half a century YES have been one of the most innovative, influential and best-loved bands in rock music history and consistently at the fore-front of the progressive rock movement. Formed in 1968 by Jon Anderson and the late, and much-missed, Chris Squire, their 1970s albums The Yes Album, Fragile, Close To The Edge, the triple live album set Yessongs, Tales From Topographic Oceans, Relayer and Going For The One were ground-breaking in musical style and content. Their music also became synonymous with artist Roger Dean whose distinctive YES logo design and artwork adorned the lavish gatefold presentation sleeves of many YES albums.
With sales of over 50 million records, the Grammy-award winning YES were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017, where they performed Roundabout from the album Fragile and the FM radio-friendly Owner Of A Lonely Heart from the 1985 album 90125.
 
 
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YES Announces Select Spring Tour Dates; To Be Joined By Alan Parsons Live Project

 

 
 

 

DATE:            JANUARY 21, 2020
 
FROM:           MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK-SRO PR
 
(Logo credit: Roger Dean)
 
YES
ANNOUNCES RUN OF U.S. SPRING TOUR DATES
MARCH 19-25
LEADING INTO THEIR ANNUAL “CRUISE TO THE EDGE”
 
BAND TO BE JOINED BY
ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT
 
 
  YES (L-R): Steve Howe, Jon Davison, Billy Sherwood, Alan White, and Geoff Downes
Photo Credit: Gottlieb Bros.
 
 
Prog rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees YES have announced a run of spring U.S. headline tour dates March 19-25 leading into their annual Cruise to the Edge (March 27-April 1) sailing out of Miami. At shows in Florida and South Carolina, the band will perform their classic hits and be joined by the Alan Parsons Live Project. Tickets for these dates–a precursor to the band’s North American fall tour, to be announced in the months ahead–go on sale to the public on Friday, January 24 at 10:00am ET.
 
YES is Steve Howe (guitar-joined 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), with Jay Schellen on additional drums.
 
“We can’t think of a better way to lead into our ‘Cruise To The Edge’ than with five shows in the Southeast,” says Steve Howe. Alan White concurs: “Florida and South Carolina in the spring sounds absolutely perfect for a British band like us. We look forward to seeing everyone for a night of YES music.”
 
YES continues to deliver dynamic and unforgettable performances full of passion and musical virtuosity, with songs that expanded the boundaries of rock. Below is critical praise from last year’s North American tour.
 

“As always, YES put on a magical show and took the crowd on a journey through their hits.”
–Alex Kluft, Music Connection, 8/5/19
 
 
“Yes closed out the evening with a brilliant set filled with energetic deep cuts…they focused on material that played to the group’s strengths, and gave guitarists Steve Howe a chance to shine.  Vocally, Jon Davison has come into his own… He also looks like he is having a great time and is able to work the stage with ease. The Yes set closed with the 20 minute-plus ‘Gates of Delirium,’ from their Relayer album. It was an ambitious undertaking, but they nailed it. The evening closed with a moving version of ‘Imagine,’ a song that Yes drummer Alan White played on Lennon’s studio version of, and ‘Roundabout.’
–Thom Jennings, Niagara Gazette(Niagara Falls, NY), 6/26/19

 

 
 
 
 

“Yes, meanwhile, celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first album with a kind of kitchen-sink setlist, tossing plenty of rarities, and oddities, into its hour and 50 minutes on stage — opening with its rocking take of Richie Havens’ ‘No Opportunity Necessary…’ from its 1970 album Time and A Word and then tearing through ‘Tempus Fugit.’ The marquee moment was its longest, however — the 22-minute epic ‘Gates of Delirium’ from 1974’s Relayer album, performed for the first time in 18 years, whose lengthy instrumental passage was delivered with a virtuosic precision that held up to the original. Yes sent everyone home with more favorites – ‘Roundabout’ and ‘Starship Trooper,’ …Nostalgia reigned in this Royal Affair, but it was a glorious kind of past that fully merited the celebration.”
–Gary Graff, The Oakland Press (Oakland, MI), 7/4/19
 
 
“…Yes came on and kicked off with their version of ‘No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed’ before jumping into a wide mix of material from ‘Tempus Fugit’ and ‘Going For the One’ to ‘I’ve Seen All Good People’ and ‘Siberian Khatru.’ They have decided to mix things up more on this tour and the fans surely seemed thrilled by the choices. Following a rousing rendition of ‘America’ the band closed the main set with ‘The Gates of Delirium’ from Relayer.”
“The band sounded great and had brilliant visuals to accompany the songs. Sherwood’s bass playing is perfectly suited to capture the essence of the late Chris Squire while Geoff Downes and Steve Howe are still at the top of their games. Vocalist Jon Davison has definitely settled into to his role and looks extremely comfortable on stage, hitting each note with ease. Meanwhile, Drummer Jay Schellen swapped drum duties with Alan White throughout the set. The band returned for the encore to perform John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ on which Alan White originally played the drums. It was a wonderful version. Of course, they then closed with ‘Roundabout’ and ‘Starship Trooper.'”
–Roie Avin, The Prog Report, 7/15/19
 
 
…[the]revved-up crowd went wild when the members of Yes came out to close the night of historic prog…Davison does an incredible job of duplicating the alto tenor range of original band vocalist Jon Anderson. The other musicians played with such precision that it was almost like hearing the studio albums again. Howe was particularly impressive playing various electric guitars, a steel guitar and a lute. His solo acoustic guitar performance of ‘Clap’ from The Yes Album nearly stole the show.”
–Andy Gordon, Glide Magazine, 7/30/2019
 
 
“…wild applause from the crowd…unique night of rock music history that has endured for half a century.”
–L. Paul Mann, Grateful Web, 8/6/19
 
 
 
“…Yes proved again that they are, after all these years, still the kings of progressive rock.”
–Charlie Steffens, Vintage Rock, 8/5/19
 
 
“For more than 45 years, Yes has been writing and performing multi-faceted songs that are intricate, graceful and always technically savvy. No matter the decade, the concert experience has never been about loud distortion or pent up aggression. Rather, the arcane lyrics and sounds take fans on an aggrandized musical journey into the surreal. Though the band has gone through several personnel changes in their 20 album career, one things has always remained the same – a commitment to excellence by every member who has played an instrument or sang into a microphone. Along for the ride was singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and bassist Billy Sherwood with drummer Jay Schellen.”
Big Shot Concerts, 7/25/19
 
 
“Yes’s 12-song, hour-and-45-minute set was more of a departure than Yes has shown in recent years. Kicking off with the opening track from 1970’s Time and A Word album, ‘No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed,’ was welcomed with open arms by long time fans of the iconic band. The six-minute ‘Tempus Fugit’ followed and was an absolute treat…Howe, now 72, seemed especially invigorated – while playing his 1971 solo piece ‘Clap,’ he lifted a leg, then kicked it, and shook his head and body as the crowd gleefully cheered him on… An 11-minute ‘Siberian Khatru’ may have received a standing ovation, but the audience was truly rewarded when classic Yes drummer Alan White joined the band for an especially stellar version of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘America.'”
–Robert Locke, Shindigmusic, 7/23/19
 

Catch YES on tour at these dates:

 

DATE
 
LOCATION
VENUE
THU
3/19
North Charleston, SC
North Charleston PAC
SUN
3/22
Clearwater, FL
Ruth Eckerd Hall
TUE
3/24
Jacksonville, FL
Florida Theatre
WED
3/25
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Broward Center
 
 
About YES:
Founded in 1968 by the late 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. The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees’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 during the band’s long and successful career that has so far spanned over five decades. In 2018, the band triumphed with their acclaimed and hugely successful #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES tour. In the summer of 2019, the band is headlining their “The Royal Affair Tour” in North America. This must-see best-of-British-rock show also features Asia with the return of founding member Steve Howe in a special performance, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown. Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES continue creating masterful music that inspires musicians, fans and music lovers around the world.
 
 
 
SRO Press Releases + Assets:
 
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For more information on YES, please contact SRO PR:
Mitch Schneider (National), mschneider@sropr.com
Andrea Faulk (Tour) afaulk@sropr.com
 

 

 

YES Releases the Documentary “YES 50: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” Ahead of Their Multi-Artist “The Royal Affair Tour”

DATE:             JUNE 7, 2019
 
FROM:            MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK-SRO PR
 
 
 
 
 
YES
RELEASES THE DOCUMENTARY
YES 50: YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW”
AHEAD OF THEIR
MULTI-ARTIST “THE ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR” WITH
ASIA, JOHN LODGE OF THE MOODY BLUES, AND CARL PALMER’S ELP LEGACY WITH GUEST VOCALS BY ARTHUR BROWN
 
THE ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR” BEGINS
JUNE 12 IN BETHLEHEM, PA
 
Poster and logo created and designed by Roger Dean
 
 
In advance of next week’s launch of YES‘ much-anticipated North American The Royal Affair Tour,” the prog rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees have released online a nearly 40-minute documentary, “YES 50: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.” View it here:  https://youtu.be/-6cAAWlg-Ok This documentary is a teaser to the forthcoming Rhino release, YES 50 LIVE, due for release on August 2, although advanced copies will be available to fans exclusively at “The Royal Affair Tour” shows later in the tour.

 

Directed by Paul Gosling, the documentary had a limited release over Christmas to fans as a holiday present and has since been updated with another 15-minutes of exclusive performance footage and interviews with band members Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Billy Sherwood and Jon Davison plus current additional drummer Jay Schellen as well as former members Trevor Horn and Tony Kaye. World-renowned English artist and designer Roger Dean is also interviewed.

 

 
“As a long-standing fan of the band, following Yes on the road this year and last on their momentous 50th tour was a dream come true,” says Gosling. “Thank you to Steve Howe, Alan White and the band, Roger Dean, Tony Kaye and Trevor Horn for their co-operation in making this film.”

 

 
Roger Dean–whose masterful artwork has graced classic album covers and posters, most prominently by YES and Asia–is a special guest on The Royal Affair Tour.” Headlined by prog rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees YES, the trek launches Wednesday, June 12 in Bethlehem, PA and wraps Sunday, July 28 in Saratoga, CA. See below for the full list of tour dates and go to www.yesworld.com/live for ticketing information plus meet-and-greet/VIP packages.
 
View the tour trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkN5R1Gh7Po. Read the launch press release here.
 
At every show on this must-see best-of-British-rock tour–also featuring Asia with the return of founding member Steve Howe in a special performance, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur BrownRoger Dean will be in the venue’s reception/foyer area with an exhibition of his artwork. He will also be available to sign merchandise including The Royal Affair Tour” poster which he created and designed. His work–known for striking other-worldly landscapes–has sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide.
 
YES, the most enduring, ambitious, and virtuosic progressive band in rock history, is Steve Howe (guitar–joined 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), with Jay Schellen on additional drums.
 
The Royal Affair Tour” commences on what would have been John Wetton‘s 70th birthday (June 12), so there will be a special celebration of his life at the Bethlehem, PA show. And Alan White‘s 70th birthday (June 14) will be celebrated YES-style at the Farmingdale, New York show.
 
The tour dates for “THE ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR” are as follows:
DATE
 
LOCATION
VENUE
WED
6/12
Bethlehem, PA
Bethlehem Event Center
FRI
6/14
Farmingville, NY
Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater
SAT
6/15
Atlantic City, NJ
Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
SUN
6/16
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
THU
6/20
Westchester, NY
Westchester County Center
FRI
6/21
Pittsburgh, PA
Stage AE
SAT
6/22
Baltimore, MD
MECU Pavillion
MON
6/24
Toronto, ON
Budweiser Stage
TUE
6/25
Lewiston, NY
Artpark Amphitheater
THU
6/27
Bethel, NY
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
SAT
6/29
Gilford, NH
Bank of NH Pavilion
SUN
6/30
Providence, RI
Bold Point Park
^WED
7/3
Rochester Hills, MI
Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
FRI
7/5
Columbus, OH
Express Live
SAT
7/6
Aurora, IL
RiverEdge Park
MON
7/8
Nashville, TN
Grand Ole Opry House
WED
7/10
Cary, NC
Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
^FRI
7/12
Clearwater, FL
Ruth Eckerd Hall
SAT
7/13
Hollywood, FL
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
MON
7/15
New Orleans
Saenger Theatre
TUE
7/16
Sugar Land, TX
Smart Financial Centre
^THU
7/18
St Augustine, FL
St. Augustine Amphitheatre
SAT
7/20
Irving, TX
Toyota Music Factory
SUN
7/21
Rogers, AR
Walmart AMP
^WED
7/24
Phoenix, AZ
Comerica Theatre
FRI
7/26
Las Vegas, NV
The Joint (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
SAT
7/27
Irvine, CA
FivePoints Amphitheatre
SUN
7/28
Saratoga, CA
The Mountain Winery
 
^On sale TBD
 
YES (L-R): Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Alan White, Jon Davison, Billy Sherwood
Photo Credit: Gottlieb Bros.
 
About YES:
Founded in 1968 by the late 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. The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees’ 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 during the band’s long and successful career that has so far spanned over five decades. In 2018, the band triumphed with their acclaimed and hugely successful #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES tour. In the summer of 2019, the band is headlining their “The Royal Affair Tour” in North America. This must-see best-of-British-rock show also features Asia with the return of founding member Steve Howe in a special performance, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown. Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES continue creating masterful music that inspires musicians, fans and music lovers around the world.
 
 
 
SRO Press Releases + Assets:
 
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For more information on YES, please contact SRO PR:
Mitch Schneider, mschneider@msopr.com
Andrea Faulk, afaulk@msopr.com
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

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