Proving once again that the only thing better than a live album from a legendary band is a live performance of a legendary album by a legendary band, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and singer Jon Davison – more affirmatively known as YES – announced a 35-date 2014 Summer Tour yesterday, March 24.
And the fabled rockers will not only play one of their celebrated albums in its entirety but two. For the ambitious tour, YES will be performing every influential track from 1971′s “Fragile” as well as 1972′s “Close To The Edge,” followed by an encore of the band’s greatest hits and material from their eagerly awaited new studio album, “Heaven and Earth,” due out on July 8.
Featuring their smash hit “Roundabout” and other classics like “Long Distance Runaround” and “Heart of the Sunrise,” the double-platinum selling “Fragile” is generally considered to be the band’s U.S. breakthrough album, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Album charts.
And finishing a debatable second, “Close To The Edge” – widely regarded as one of the greatest progressive rock albums ever recorded – was on the U.S. charts for 32 weeks, peaking at #3. Inspired by Herman Hesse’s “Siddhartha” and their “state of mind” at the time, the gold-certified album features such epic suites as “You And I” and the title track.
The tour kicks off July 8 in Boston and makes stops in New York City, Detroit, Chicago, Nashville, Houston, Dallas, Denver and San Diego among others before finishing up Aug. 24 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. YES plays Mesa’s stellar Ikeda Theatre on Aug. 12.
Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, March 28 at 10 a.m. The band is offering special show packages which include near-stage seating, a meet and greet with the band, exclusive limited-edition gifts from YES, and more. For more information on prices, on-sale dates and to purchase YES packages/tickets, go to www.yesworld.com. Here is the full itinerary:
July 8 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, Mass.
July 9 Radio City Music Hall, New York, N.Y.
July 11 Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, Conn.
July 12 NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, N.Y.
July 13 Newport Yachting Center, Newport, R.I.
July 15 Warner Theatre, Washington D.C.
July 16 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton, N.H.
July 18 Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
July 19 Tower Theater, Philadelphia, Pa.
July 20 Carnegie Music Hall, Munhall, Pa.
July 22 Meadow Brook, Rochester Hills, Mich.
July 23 Hard Rock Live Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio
July 25 Overture Hall, Madison, Wis.
July 26 Copernicus Center, Chicago, Ill.
July 28 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.
July 29 Louisville Palace, Louisville, Ky.
July 30 Symphony Hall, Atlanta, Ga.
Aug. 1 Seminole Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Fla.
Aug. 2 Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Aug. 3 Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando, Fla.
Aug. 5 Bayou Music Center, Houston, Texas
Aug. 6 Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, Texas
Aug. 7 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, Mo.
Aug. 9 Paramount Theatre, Denver, Colo.
Aug. 10 TBA
Aug. 12 Ikeda Theatre at Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Ariz.
Aug. 13 Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, N.M.
Aug. 15 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.
Aug. 16 City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
Aug. 18 Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay, San Diego, Calif.
Aug. 19 City National Civic, San Jose, Calif.
Aug. 21 Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, Wash.
Aug. 22 Spirit Mountain Casino, Grand Ronde, Ore.
Aug. 23 Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Lincoln, Calif.
Aug. 24 The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, Calif.