The #YES50 50th Anniversary Tour is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate a half century of rock evolution with one of the most iconic bands in progressive rock history.
These UK concerts will be unlike anything else you are likely to have experienced before as YES bandmembers, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood take their fans old and new on a fantastical trip down memory lane with a performance of sides 1 & 4 from their first UK number one album, ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’.
Of course, in 50 years you would expect the band line up to change a little. Yes’s line up has changed a lot with bandmembers coming and going and then coming in gain.
Today, Steve Howe on guitar and backing vocals is the longest standing member having joined the band in 1970. He had a couple of brief breaks but was back for good by 1995.
On the other hand, Alan White on drums and percussion joined after Howe in 1972 but he has stuck with the band since then.
Geoff Downes on keyboards was with the band for a yeear starting in 1980 and then rejoined in 2011. Billy Sherwood on guitar and backing vocals in 1994, and then again from 1997 to 2000), and then on bass guitar and backing vocals from 2015 till now
Finally Jon Davison on lead vocals and accoustic guitar took over from Jon Anderson on lead vocals (with a brief interlude from David Benoit) and accoustic guitar.
Celebrating Half a Century of Yes
Steve Howe: “We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best loved work – we want to play things we enjoy, maybe songs we haven’t done in a while.”
Geoff Downes : “I feel enormously privileged be a part of the legacy of the incredible and unique line of musicians in YES. The band has always remained fresh and inventive throughout its 50-year history, and created an amazing catalogue of music that has inspired millions from all generations.”
Alan White: “Reflecting on the past 46 years that I’ve devoted my life to playing YES music, it’s been an interesting journey and a true labour of love. I’ve always believed in the power of music and the band’s recent induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and our Grammy (awarded in 1985) are testament to the longevity of influence our music has had through the years. I’m extremely grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to our 50th Anniversary performing together in 2018. It’s been a great ride!!“