YES ‘Album Series’ Tales/Drama USA Tour Reviews
“Shying away from their main stream hits for this tour, as a gift to their fans base, they began their set by playing all six songs of the Drama album. Nearly every song yielded a standing ovation from the crowd and some people stood up alone when the feeling moved them to do so.
The Drama album was followed up by You and I from their 1972 Close To The Edge album and Perpetual Change from their 1971 The Yes Album.
The first set was inspiring and immaculately performed. If anyone in the audience had any reservations about seeing them live without their original line up; those reservations were a distant memory. I would have never imagined that anyone could fill Jon Anderson’s shoes. But Jon Davison’s soaring vocals match so well you may never know you were listening to a different person.
The band took an intermission and fans made their way to the wine tables in the lobby still high from the opus they just experienced.
When the performance started again they opened with possibly their most inspiring song from Tales from Topographic Oceans; The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn). It was nearly 20 minutes of seat gripping bliss.
It would not be a Yes concert without at least one Steve Howe solo. Tucked away in the song The Ancient is a little segment they like to call Leaves of Green. When Steve plays it, you can feel his deep connection to this song. I have seen it in live recordings many times in my life but nothing compares to hearing it live.
They ended their set with The Ritual (Nous Somme Du Soleil). Intricate and extraordinary, I am certain that there were members of the audience that had a spiritual moment during this song.
The band received a long standing ovation at the end and treated their fans to a three song encore. Roundabout kept everyone moving on their feet and most the crowd stayed standing for Starship Trooper.
Just as we thought the concert was over the band played tribute to John Wetton of the group Asia, who passed away this January 31st, with the song Heat of the Moment. Changing nothing from the original song it was flawlessly preformed.
As fans walked to their cars everyone was still excited. I could over hear comments about the show. I believe my favorite was, “As an Atheist, music like this could make me believe there is a God”. Yes, for all of the creativity and imagination that went into creating and producing their music, Yes live is still out of this world.” – Lori Dantzler, Flick of the Finger Magazine.
“The pieces were nothing short of a tour de force of musical ambition, complexity and remarkable synchronicity. It sounded outstanding. This version of YES seems to play at a higher level, a more powerful level, like they’ve been together a decade or more. These guys are on no nostalgia tour. They play it like they mean business, with little intention of slowing down” – Raymond Britt, Chicago Tribune
Visually, YES have stepped up the production on the tour courtesy of video designer Andy Clark and lighting designer Don Weeks, with multiple video feeds featuring Roger Dean imagery, from waterfalls and floating islands to topographic landscapes, bioluminescence, deep sea creatures, jellyfish, and marine life.
“With a large LED background that displayed colorful graphics as well as the occasional YES logo, the band delivered over 2½ hours of classic music that had attendees picking their jaws up off the floor.” – Chris Loomis, SoCal Music Today
But here’s a more shocking truth: The version of Yes aboard this year’s Cruise to the Edge sounded sharper and more engaged than they have in a decade. – Ryan Reed, Ultimate Classic Rock
“Yes continues with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative.” – Tampa Bay Newspapers
Demand for 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony reaches peak levels – Tickets for the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony held at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, sell out within an hour.
Yes and Rush to turn 2017 Roll Hall Ceremony into prog-rock gala – “The induction of Yes, and Rush’s presence at this year’s ceremony should also shine a lot on other longtime snubs in terms of progressive rock bands.”
YES to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Class of 2017 – The 1991 YES ‘UNION’ Tour line-up – Chris Squire, Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Tony Kaye, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Alan White & Trevor Rabin – will be inducted in a ceremony at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, on April 7th 2017. Find out more here.
Cruise to the Edge 2017: Yes Revamp ‘Drama,’ Honor John Wetton
“During their second set, the band deviated from their own catalog for an especially poignant moment – paying tribute to late John Wetton, the prog icon and bass guitar master who spent many years alongside Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes in Asia. In the encore, the quintet performed that band’s signature 1982 hit “Heat of the Moment”” – Ultimate Classic Rock
Geoff Downes’ statement on the passing of John Wetton.
We are all very sad to hear of the passing of our friend, the legendary Greg Lake. Our thoughts & condolences are with Regina & Natasha & all the family – YES.
GREAT NEWS – Alan White rejoins YES for Japan Tour, Cruise To The Edge & Feb USA Tour
YES announce continuation of DRAMA/Tales1&4 USA Tour with several dates in February
YES sails on Cruise To The Edge, in February, with an all-star lineup of Progressive Rock icons. Don’t miss this landmark Artist/Fan Cruise Experience! Only a few cabins remain… Book Now at www.CruiseToTheEdge.com.
Esquire III – No Spare Planet (featuring Nikki Squire) – OUT NOW
Action Moves People United: Alan White, Geoff Downes, Patrick Moraz and over 300 other international artists contribute to a 45 track double CD album of musical spoken word and songs, officially released on Sept 21, 2016. (International World Peace Day)
Available on iTunes, Amazon and other sites worldwide.
FOR GRAMMY CONSIDERATION: 59th Grammy® Awards2016
BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM
Action Moves People United album – featuring Alan White, Geoff Downes & Patrick Moraz from YES
BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTS AND VOCALS
Action Moves People United – ‘Enlighten Your Soul’ – featuring Alan White from YES
Alan also nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award for ‘Enlighten Your Soul’!
The War For The Cure – Alan White is overjoyed to be asked to perform on this song written by his daughter Cassi and Levi Ware. He believes this song could bring new understanding, hope, and resources to the families so affected by this devastating disease.
YES 7″ single – Roundabout/Into The Lens available only at the 2016 Yes USA Tour Merch Stand.
Islands and Bridges – The Art of Roger Dean: Free Exhibition at Manx Museum, Isle of Man 20/8 to 19/11/2016.
Islands and Bridges – The Art of Roger Dean: Stamp Sets from IOM Post Office.
‘The Future Left Behind‘ – Billy Sherwood & Rick Wakeman guest on Leon Alvarado’s new album.
SPOILER ALERT – Billy Sherwood answers your latest Facebook & Twitter questions.
Steve Howe – Homebrew 6 OUT NOW on Amazon & iTunes
Geoff Downes – “Probably a YES U.S. Summer Tour, then Japan in November”
Billy Sherwood & Tony Kaye – Live In Japan – get Ltd Ed Signed Postcard w Cherry Red preorder
Invention Of Knowledge – Jon Anderson, Roine Stolt join forces
Time and a Word: The Yes Story – New book by Martin Popoff – Out now on Amazon
Classic Drummer Hall of Fame – Alan White a 2016 inductee
New T-Shirts in the Store – Roger Dean’s iconic designs for ‘Don’t Kill The Whale’ & ‘Fragile’
YES Dialogue – preorder Jon Kirkman’s book of YES interviews, memorabilia & photographs
Moraz Alban Project – New album MAP out now. Interview with Bill Kopp. Website.
Ride The Tiger – new CD from Greg Lake and Geoff Downes
Billy Sherwood: “It’s overwhelming to have all the support… THANK YOU ALL”
Divided By One – Billy Sherwood’s 7th solo CD and compilation Collection are now available on CD
Suburban Ghosts – New 2nd CD from Downes Braide Association (interview) since Pictures of You
Citizen – Billy Sherwood’s new CD features Chris Squire, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, Rick Wakeman, Tony Kaye & Patrick Moraz (video) and will tour with Circa in 2016
Progressive Music Awards 2015 – Roger Dean receives ‘Guiding Light’ Award – Interview
Yesworld Exclusive – Billy Sherwood answers your #askYES questions from Facebook & Twitter
Anthology – A Solo Career Retrospective 2xCD from Steve Howe (interview)
YES Top 100 Spotify Playlist – listen to the Top 100 YES tracks, as chosen by YES fans on Facebook
YES NOT YES – Vote for your favourite tracks by YES members & alumni
Vintage Rock – Cruise To The Edge: Where The Prog Meets The Sea
ABC News Radio Online – Ex-Yes singer Jon Anderson says since band’s Rock Hall induction was announced, “people wave at me”
Blurt Online – Time & A Few Words With… Alan White of YES
Mahaffey Theater – Steve Howe talks to Bill De Young from the Mahaffey Theater blog.
Ultimate Classic Rock – Cruise To The Edge 2017
Gibson – From the Vault: 10 Wild and Wonderful Vintage Gibson Ads
Artist Direct Interviews – Jon Anderson talks about longevity, experimentation & the legendary status of YES.
I Love Classic Rock – Steven Howe Reveals The Shocking Reason He Turned Down An Offer To Join This Legendary Rock Band
Neo Music Scene – Jon Anderson exclusive interview
Newsweek INT. – Steve Howe speaks to Newsweek about his Hall of Fame Career
Mountain Xpress – André Cholmondeley: tour manager and guitar tech to the stars
Cleveland.com – YES to be inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.
Anti Music – A Look Back At YES’ ‘Fragile’ Album 45 Years Later
Newcastle News – Alan White to be inducted in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Classic Rock Revisited – Alan White – The Hall of Fame says “YES!”
Antimusic.com – Jon Anderson Believes YES Will Reunite For Rock Hall Induction
RADIO.COM – Yes: Why They Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
ROCK HALL MONITORS – Predictions for the Class of 2017
Ultimate Classic Rock – 5 Reasons Yes Should Be in the Hall of Fame
Creative Loafing Tampa – Yes tour includes stops in Tampa, St. Pete and more
Ultimate Classic Rock – Yes’ Geoff Downes Talks ‘Drama’ Tour, Cruise to the Edge and More: Exclusive Interview
Full Access Magazine – “Yes is a very special thing to be a part of and I am very happy that I can continue to be a part of it.” Steve Howe interview
MSOPR – Press Release
High Wire Daze – “YES is an international treasure who continue to challenge and inspire musicians all over the world.”
Grateful Web – “There is physically and emotionally very little holding this band back.”
Hunny Pot Unlimited – “It’s definitely a “bucket-list” type of show that leaves nothing (and everything) to one’s imagination.”
Santa Barbara Independent – “Yes keeps it real by honoring the legacies of all the musicians who have contributed to this challenging body of music.”
Vegas24Seven – “Finishing their Las Vegas performance with sonics and style, the London-based band delighted fans with a medley of their greatest hits.”
SoCal Music Today – “Every aspect of this night was spot on and YES proved once again they are still alive and well and can deliver an above top-notch performance.”
Music Existence – “You will not want to miss this show.”
OC Weekly – “It’s an amazing production, I feel like we’ve reached a new height.” – Interview with Jon Davison
Tomorrow’s Verse – “The production with first class. Everyone went home on a high note, lively and inspired.”
OC Register – “In the 1970s, we used to just go out and play this stuff not as closely to the record, because we felt like we didn’t have to. Now we don’t feel like we have to, but we want to.” – Interview with Steve Howe
Progressive Music Review – “Pre-show at The Egg in Albany, I sat down with YES keyboard genius Geoff Downes to discuss the current tour, Drama in 1980 and the future for YES…”
Progressive Music Review – “With YES reaching the halfway stage of their 2016 US Drama/Tales 1 & 4 Tour, we headed south again into upper New York State, to The Egg (Performing Arts Center) in Albany to find the band still on top of its game…”
Oakland Press – “We’re determined to be on the leading edge, and there’s a demand of excellence all the time.” – An interview with Steve Howe
The Capitol Theatre – “We jumped out of our seats for the first set encore…”
All About Jazz – “Yes got the multi-generational audience on its feet for a tour de force version of “Roundabout” (from Fragile) and a note for note perfect version of the spacey and moving “Starship Trooper” from The Yes Album”
Stereo Embers Magazine – “Yes gave one of the most stirring and musically comprehensive shows I’ve seen in a long time.”
Fairfax Times – “The musicians are on stage with no tricks, no gimmicks, it’s all what you see is what you get.”
Superconductor – “A double encore of “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper” sent the audience home happy, the latter gaining speed and barrelling like a freight train before coming to a majestic return to the song’s original stately pace.”
Best of New Jersey – “If you’re a bass player, there are no better parts to play.” Q&A with Billy Sherwood
North Jersey Arts and Entertainment – “Yes brings the ‘Drama’ to Englewood” An interview with Geoff Downes for northjersey.com by Brian Aberback
Highway 81 Revisited – “Brilliant in both its boldness and its execution…”
Vents Magazine – “The band brought along a stunning 20’ tall digital light display that illuminated the center to a cheerful crowd.”
Neo Music Scene – “The band opened with “Machine Messiah,” and didn’t take a pause until the entire thirty-six minute album was flawlessly played.”
SI Live – “Say yes to YES”
Do NYC – “YES continues to inspire millions of musicians, fans, and music lovers around the world.”
Judicial Support – “The band played excellently and truly sounded like one would and should expect Yes to sound.”
The Rust Belt Chronicles – ” The delivery were flawless and the fans soaked in the music.”
Item Live – “This was also the hardest rocking, aggressive-sounding Yes show I’ve seen in a long time.”
Boston Globe – “Yes brings old sounds, new faces to rousing concert in Lynn”
Niagara Gazette – “The current lineup’s treatment of the Drama album was flawless, and in many ways superior to the original thanks to powerful vocals by Jon Davison and inspired guitar work by Steve Howe.”
ItemLive – “This was also the hardest rocking, aggressive-sounding Yes show I’ve seen in a long time. Were prog rock icons great? YES!”
Progressive Music Review – “The enthusiastic crowd left happy, knowing that once again YES had undoubtedly delivered.”
Team Rock/PROG – Steve Howe: Yes live shows offer a more ‘inventive’ experience
1 On 1 With Mitch Lafon – #234 Steve Howe (YES)
Team Rock/Prog #67 – Shimmering loveliness… fantastic.. heavenly harmonies… gleaming magnificence… enthralling… you’d have to go some to find a better band.
Record Collector – Riveting work from Steve Howe… Drummer Alan White provided the perfect backbone… an overwhelming Starship Trooper received a well-earned standing ovation.
Freq – Tonight’s (Albert Hall) performance was fantastic. That love of their music and legacy somehow soaked into every member of the audience.
Midlands Metal Heads – DEFINITELY going for the one, absolutely superb
B24/7 – Vintage Prog at its dazzling, ambitious, high-wire best
Oxford Mail – YES! Prog rock synth star Geoff Downes on the ‘keys’ to success
National Rock Review – Standing Ovation! The music of Yes is alive and well, and in safe hands.
Chronicle Live – YES are still very much alive and kicking at the top of their game.
1 BluRay & 3 CDs: http://bit.ly/yes-tfto-bluray
2 DVD-As & 2CDs: http://bit.ly/yes-tfto-dvd
Progeny – 14 CD Box set of 7 shows from 1972.
The Studio Albums 1969-1987 – All the classic albums in a CD Box Set from Amazon; download in HiRes 24-192, 24-96 or 24-44.1 from HDTracks UK, HDTracks USA or Qobuz, or as AACs from iTunes.
Heaven and Earth – The newest YES Studio Album
Like It Is – At The Bristol Hippodrome (Going For The One & The Yes Album, live 2014)
Like It Is – At The Mesa Arts Centre (Close To The Edge & Fragile, live 2014)
With some rest and physical therapy, I should be back in good form and ready to rejoin the Summer YES Tour in the near future. I’m eager to be on the road with the band but also need to ensure my recovery is complete before doing so.
Until I’m able to rejoin the tour, my good friend Jay Schellen will be performing with the band and keeping my drum stool warm. Please welcome him to our YES family; he’s doing a great service by stepping in last minute so as to not disappoint everyone hoping to see YES music performed live this summer.
Please know that I’ll be back as soon as physically possible and looking forward to taking my place on stage with the band.
Thanks for all your well wishes and support.