Progressive rock band Yes is once again ready to sail off into paradise and fans have a chance to tag along. The band’s Cruise to the Edge excursion, cleverly named after “Close to the Edge,” one of the group’s most-beloved albums, takes place aboard the MSC Divina April 7-12 as she sails from Miami to exotic ports Isla de Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico. What’s more, Yes, one of the most respected bands of the first prog era, will be accompanied by a legion of their peers including another of Britain’s longest-running prog bands, Marillion.
Yes first came to prominence with long, meandering tunes like “Starship Trooper,” “Yours is No Disgrace” and “Perpetual Change,” all of which are now considered essential prog listening, as is much of the band’s early output. The group has endured myriad line-up changes and tweaks to their sound and surprised everyone in 1983 with their “90125” album, an effort crafted for massive rock radio (and MTV) exposure that yielded big hits “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Changes” and “Leave It.” The current line-up of Yes features Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes and Jon Davison. Yes will play multiple sets during Cruise to the Edge.
Besides Marillion, other prog rock acts set to take to the seas for Cruise to the Edge are Queensryche, Steve Hackett and Genesis Revisited, UK with Eddie Jobson, Tangerine Dream featuring Edgar Froese and Renaissance with lead singer Annie Haslam. Also on the bill are Saga, The Pineapple Thief, Soft Machine (Legacy), PFM, Patrick Moraz, Three Friends (former members of Gentle Giant), Stick Men featuring Tony Levin, Strawbs, 10 Earth, Electric Asturias and Sound of Contact featuring Simon Collins (the son of famed Genesis member and solo artist Phil Collins.) Rounding out the talent roster are Presto Ballet, Moon Safari, Pamela Moore, Scale the Summit, the Prog Rock Orchestra, Heavy Mellow and Cheap Thrill. Cruise to the Edge is completely fan-friendly and will offer lots of opportunities for fans to meet and interact with the musicians. Additionally, the art of Roger Dean will be featured; the artist designed many of the iconic Yes album covers.
Admission to all musical performances is included in the cruise fare. Shore excursions will be offered in Honduras and Mexico at an additional cost.
Tickets are available at the official Cruise to the Edge website.
Additional information can be found at the Cruise to the Edge Facebook page.