2018 marks the 50th anniversary since the formation of one of rock's all-time ground breaking supergroups, YES. And to mark this milestone, YES FEATURING ANDERSON, RABIN, WAKEMAN will celebrate by touring the world as part of "Quintessential YES: The 50th Anniversary Tour". In addition to what is promising to be truly memorable shows that span the band's career, there are also several upcoming YES-related events and releases in store, including:
* YES FEATURING JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN, RICK WAKEMAN: 100-Show World Tour
The "100-Show World Tour" will commence on June 3, 2018 in Warsaw, Poland, and feature shows in Scandinavia, Germany, U.K. (including headlining the Stone Free festival at the O2 Arena in London) and North America in 2018, going on to South America, Central and Southern Europe, ending in Japan and the Far East in 2019.
* Whisky a Go Go concert
YES FEATURING JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN, RICK WAKEMAN will return to their roots by performing at the Whisky a Go Go, the iconic venue they first performed as a headliner in June 1971. Information on tickets to this show will be available at a later date.
* U.S. Tour
The band will then play nine shows in August and September, including the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on August 29 and Chicagoland's Ravinia outside on September 7 before continuing the U.S. leg with 20-plus shows in early 2019. Most dates will be going on sale starting April 20.
* "Quintessential YES" 50th-Anniversary Album And CD
In August, Warner Bros. Records will be releasing an historical 2 CD/3 LP anthology of YES curated by band founder/singer Jon Anderson.
* Live CD And DVD
There will also be released in August/September by Eagle Rock a live CD and DVD of the band's show from March 2017 recorded live in Manchester, U.K., featuring special mixed in OE Audio by Paul Linford and Trevor Rabin.
* New Music
In addition to all of the above, the band is currently hard at work, creating some stellar new recordings for its 50th anniversary. This will be the first new music in 28 years featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman together. It is planned these will also be available for release by the end of 2018 or early 2019.
The most successful progressive rock group of all time, 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees YES were co-founded by Jon Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968. They went on to sell millions of units with releases such as "The Yes Album", "Fragile", "Close To The Edge", "Tales From Topographic Oceans", "Going For The One" and "90125", as well as embarking on several record-breaking world tours.
While Rick is predominantly associated with the '70s "prog era" of the band (which saw YES become a worldwide stadium headliner) and Trevor associated with the '80s "mainstream era" of the band (which furthered the band's popularity — including the band's biggest chart success, "90125"), Jon is the bridge between both factions (as he was a guiding vision of both eras). The touring band lineup is completed by two extraordinary musicians — Lee Pomeroy on bass and Louis Molino III on drums — who help to ensure that YES's immaculate artistic legacy remains intact.
The worldwide tour with YES FEATURING JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN, RICK WAKEMAN is being produced by renowned concert promoter Larry Magid, who is considered an architect and leader of the modern concert business.
Confirmed 2018 YES FEATURING ANDERSON, RABIN, WAKEMAN U.S. tour dates (first leg):
Aug. 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Whisky a Go Go
Aug. 27 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's By The Bay
Aug. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
Aug. 31 - Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre
Sep. 01 - Las Vegas, NV - Westgate Resort & Casino
Sep. 03 - Denver, CO - Levitt Pavilion
Sep. 05 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
Sep. 07 - Chicago, IL - Ravinia
Sep. 08 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Live
Sep. 09 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center