The pioneering rock supergroup Yes- currently celebrating their 35th anniversary – is en route with acoast-to-coast North American spring 2004 itinerary that launched April 15 andruns through mid-May. The historic arena tour – in the grand scale of pastYes excursions – presents the band’s formidable “classic” line-up of 1969co-founders Jon Anderson and Chris Squire, along with Rick Wakeman, SteveHowe, and Alan White, all three of whom started with Yes in the very early’70s.
The three-hour 35th anniversary shows bring to life essential Yes songsfrom throughout the visionary prog-rock icons’ extraordinary career, as wellas the brand new composition, “Show Me.” The tour’s boldly lit and dramaticstage design, taking advantage of the expansive arena-size format, wasconceived by famed artist and longtime Yes visual collaborator Roger Dean, whocreated the band’s logo and many of their classic album covers. Themulti-media concert experience promises to be a spectacle to behold for fans- in Jon Anderson’s words, “There’s a time, and the time is now. There’s aband, and the band is YES. Are you ready?”
Also saluting Yes’ milestone three-and-a-half decades in music is RhinoRecords’ just-released 3-CD retrospective The Ultimate Yes: 35th AnniversaryCollection. Spanning 1961 to the present, the collectible 31-track setfeatures a full disc of previously unreleased material, including acousticre-inventions of the Yes classics “South Side Of The Sky” and “Roundabout,”originally from their 1972 album masterpiece Fragile. The compilation joinsRhino’s restoration of the Yes catalogue featuring remastered & expandededitions of their albums, as well as the 2002 5-CD box In A Word: Yes (1969-).Newly available as well is Classic Pictures’ DVD Yesspeak, an in-depth,169-minute Roger Daltrey-narrated documentary filmed during Yes’ 35thanniversary European tour.
Yes was born at the close of the ’60s when Anderson and Squire begancollaborating after meeting at a London club. Beginning with their 1969self-titled debut LP, Yes launched a steady stream of artistically adventurousalbums, and time has proven them to be the most successful progressive rockband ever, defining the genre in its formative days, and remaining itsultimate heroes. Yes’ experimental spirit and atmospheric sound, powered byinstrumental virtuosity and bravura vocals, has influenced countless artists.Taste-maker Q magazine recently called them “The long haired dads ofRadiohead,” and with their remarkable staying power, Yes will no doubt maketheir mark on future generations as well.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR: SPRING 2004 – Remaining Dates: