DATE: JULY 18, 2023
FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK, SRO PR
ANNOUNCE THE NEXT U.S. TOUR OF THEIR ONGOING CONCERT SERIES
“CLASSIC TALES OF YES”
STARTING SEPTEMBER 24 IN BETHLEHEM, PA
AND ENDING NOVEMBER 4 IN RIVERSIDE, CA
FOLLOW-UP TO LAST YEAR’S SOLD-OUT U.S. TOUR
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 today (July 17) announced their “Classic Tales Of Yes” tour in the U.S. starting September 24 in Bethlehem, PA and ending November 4 in Riverside, CA. Look for the tour—which is the latest presentation of their ongoing concert series illuminating their classic music—to include 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 full list of tour dates, which will go on sale July 21. Go to www.yesworld.com/live for ticketing information.
Looking forward to the “Classic Tales of Yes” tour, STEVE HOWE said: “We’re putting together a great setlist covering the length and breadth of Yes’ career.”
“As always, we are committed to pushing new boundaries and are very excited to be performing another chapter in the rich legacy of the band,” added GEOFF DOWNES.
The evening will begin 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.
MIRROR TO THE SKY features not one, but four tracks clocking in at over eight minutes, with the sweeping and cinematic title track coming in just shy of fourteen minutes. What’s more, the tracks, like Yes’ best, take the listener on a wide dynamically ranging journey of soundscapes which also showcase Steve Howe’s dazzling guitars, Jon Davison’s angelic, crystalline vocals, Billy Sherwood’s deftly dancing bass, keyboard wizard Geoff Downes’ impeccable sounds, exquisite melodies and fills, and Jay Schellen’s masterfully controlled explosions, on drums. Jay Schellen, who has been touring with the band since 2016 as an additional drummer, was hand-picked to step into his mentor and friend Alan White role when White sadly passed away in 2022.
These are the videos released from MIRROR TO THE SKY:
Ultimate Classic Rock raved that “Mirror in the Sky breezes from one musical highlight to the next so deftly that you’re wanting more.” (May 17). Glide Magazine observed that “Mirror to the Sky” succeeds at proving the idea that Yes music will carry on long after the original members pass in a very special way. As the producer of this twenty-third studio album, [Steve] Howe has stepped in and helped create a soundscape in the vein of their classic material.” (May 18). Guitar World noted that “There’s a lot of classic prog keyboard and guitar interplay across “Cut From The Stars,’ but there’s lovely stuff from about 4.30 where Steve Howe and Geoff Downes exchange melodic pot shots.” (3/16).
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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