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Monday, December 10, 2012

YES: To Perform "The Yes Album", "Close To The Edge", "Going For The One" On A Special Tour In 2013

Call it a true classic rock triple header - and the quintessential live concert experience. 

YES will perform three of their classic albums in their entirety, all in one concert, on a special tour in 2013: 1971's "The Yes Album", 1972's "Close To The Edge" and 1977's "Going For The One". Music audiences will experience the albums, each representing an important milestone in YES' career, performed from beginning to end. 

The multi-platinum progressive rock band - bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and singer Jon Davison - will kick off the North American tour March 1 and conclude April 12 in Detroit.

The tour will mark the first time since 1973 that YES - who have sold close to 50 million albums worldwide - have performed an album onstage in its entirety. 

Steve Howe says, "These albums we all easily agreed on - they are complete works in themselves," adding that several of the songs have rarely been performed live. "I believe the only song not performed in concert is 'A Venture' from 'The Yes Album'," says Chris Squire. "And probably the most tricky of all the songs planned for this set is 'Turn Of The Century'from the 'Going For The One' album." Alan White believes, "This is a great opportunity to show the growth of YES in these different eras - and to relive the memories of these times."

"I think the 12-inch album is alive and well as reinforced by the rising interest in the analog format," says Squire when asked about the album format in the singles-driven digital age. The album, says Howe, "has never totally gone away - there are those who completely understand." 

Tour dates: 

Mar. 01 - West Wendover, NV - Peppermill Concert Hall * 
Mar. 03 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre 
Mar. 05 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield 
Mar. 06 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre 
Mar. 08 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Theater (at Pechanga Casino) 
Mar. 09 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Casino * 
Mar. 14 - Omaha, NE - Holland Performing Arts Center 
Mar. 16 - Hammond, IN - The Venue at Horseshoe Casino 
Mar. 17 - Louisville, KY - Palace Theatre 
Mar. 18 - Kansas City, MO - The Midland by AMC 
Mar. 20 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater 
Mar. 21 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre 
Mar. 22 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Live - Biloxi * 
Mar. 24 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena * 
Mar. 30 - Melbourne, FL - Maxwell C. King Center for the Perf. Arts 
Apr. 02 - Clearwater, FL - Ruck Eckerd Hall 
Apr. 05 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand at Foxwoods * 
Apr. 06 - Hampton, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 
Apr. 07 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center 
Apr. 09 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre 
Apr. 11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall 
Apr. 12 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre 

* YES will only perform two albums - "The Yes Album" and "Close To The Edge" - for shows at casinos due to the time constrictions of events held there.

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