NEW YORK, (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — With a remarkable 40 year career that has time and again redefined the boundaries of rock, musical pioneers YES have announced 2008 tour dates to take place this summer. Marking the first national tour for the band in over five years, the 26 date jaunt will bring the iconic bandâ€™s virtuosic musicianship and exhilarating live shows to amphitheatres and arenas across North America. The tour will kick off July 12th in Quebec City and wrap-up on August 22nd in Los Angeles.
Produced by Live Nation, tickets for the â€œClose to the Edge and Backâ€ tour go on sale beginning March 29th and are available on www.livenation.com.
A dominant force in rock music for more than four decades, YES has created some of rockâ€™s most enduring and compelling hits and has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. The group has defined music history with their dynamic instrumental contrasts, extended song lengths and abstract lyrics. Their symphonic use of sound and innovative musical styles continues to make them the most successful progressive rock band in history. Their celebrated discography includes hits like â€œOwner of A Lonely Heartâ€, â€œIâ€™ve Seen All Good Peopleâ€ and â€œRoundabout.â€ Now 40 years later their career continues to defy many of their rock counterparts.
â€œIt feels incredible to gear up and get ready for the road,â€ says YES frontman Jon Anderson, â€œItâ€™s been five years since our last tour. Weâ€™re all very excited to play to all of our fans, a lot of which have been with us for almost 40 years. A lot of marriages donâ€™t even last that long.â€
â€œVH1 Classic Presents: Your Move with Yesâ€ in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary Yes tour. Launching in early April on VH1Classic.com, VH1 Classic and Yes will be looking for talented aspiring rock performers to join the band on stage. The winner will be invited to join Jon Anderson in performing â€œGive Love Each Dayâ€ from the album Magnification. Users will upload a 2-5 minute video of themselves performing an original rock song or piece of music. Submissions will be reviewed, and a panel of VH1 Classic judges and Jon Anderson from YES will select 3 finalists. The VH1Classic.com audience will vote for the winner. Videos submitted and chosen as finalists will also be used in on-air promotional spots during the voting period. Additional details about the contest will be announced in early April.
The line up for this tour includes founding members Jon Anderson and Chris Squire joined by Steve Howe, Alan White and Oliver Wakeman, son of former YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Chris Squire is not only one of the great bass players of modern times, but has a wonderful sense of musical timing that stands strong within the musical magic known as "Yes Music." The same has to be said for the guitarist Steve Howe, who has folk, classical and rock music at his fingertips. Alan White, who played with the celebrated John Lennon, is the truly gifted heart beat of the group on drums. All are revered by musicians around the world.
Jon Anderson says, â€œOne of the biggest thrills I get on stage is when I hear the audience singing along with me.â€ So join the celebration, and be part of the experience.
July 12 – Quebec City – Quebec City Festival
July 13 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre
July 15 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
July 16 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium & Star Pavilion
July 18 – Chicago, IL – Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 19 – Detroit, MI – Freedom Hill
July 22 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
July 23 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
July 25 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Event Center
July 26 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 28 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 29 – Baltimore, MD – Pier 6 Pavilion
July 31 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre
Aug 1 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Live Arena
Aug 2 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
Aug 4 – Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
Aug 6 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
Aug 8 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 9 – Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center
Aug 11 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Aug 14 – Vancouver, BC – General Motors Place
Aug 15 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater at Qwest Field Events Center
Aug 19 – Mountain View,CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
Aug 20 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Aug 22 – Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre
–by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers