Yes Takes ‘Close To The Edge’ On A 50th Anniversary US Tour

[YES at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester/U.K. on June 17, 2022, Photo credit to Mike Ainscoe]

Prog Rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Yes have revealed the dates and details for the U.S. leg of their The Album Series Tour 2022, celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1972 album, Close To The Edge. This marks the band’s first U.S. tour since 2019 and will kick off with two shows in Glenside, PA at the Keswick Theatre on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 and wrap in New York at the NYCB Theatre on November 19.

As with UK leg of The Album Series Tour 2022 which started off this past June, the U.S. tour is dedicated to the late Alan White, the band’s drummer, following his passing this past May. Before the tour gets underway, a special tribute concert, “Alan White–Celebrating His Life and Music”, will be held October 2, 7:00pm at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.

Alan White joined Yes in June 1972, just days before their “Close To The Edge” Tour began. Over the following 50 years, White would appear on every Yes album including 2021’s The Quest. Following the global pandemic, he had been looking forward to this tour and re-joining his bandmates on stage in the run up to his 50th anniversary of joining Yes.

Drummer Jay Schellen, will join Yes for the forthcoming tour, alongside Steve Howe (guitars & backing vocals), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (lead vocals) and Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals).

The “Close to the Edge” show will comprise full production and a high-definition video wall directed by Andy Clark and featuring the artwork of Roger Dean.

Steve Howe shares about Alan White:

It is with great sadness that I join with the other members of Yes to acknowledge the passing of our dearest friend and drummer, Alan White. He gave so many of his best years to the band and was a true believer and determined professional til the very end. Being a kind and loving human being just came naturally to him, with his mellow, non-confrontational personality and abundant generosity, which made him so popular with his friends and everyone he met.

YES 2022 U.S. Tour Dates Are:

10/7 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA

10/8 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA

10/9 – State Theatre – New Brunswick, NJ

10/11 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN

10/13 – Florida Theatre – Jacksonville, FL

10/14 – The Parker Playhouse – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

10/16 – King Center – Melbourne, FL

10/17 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL

10/19 – Saenger Theatre – New Orleans, LA

10/20 – Arena Theatre – Houston, TX

10/21 – The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX

10/23 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ

10/24 – The Magnolia – El Cajon, CA

10/25 – Fox Performing Arts Center – Riverside, CA

10/27 – Hard Rock Live – Wheatland, CA

10/29 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA

11/4 – The Factory – Chesterfield, MO

11/5 – Brown County Music Center – Nashville, IN

11/6 – Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH

11/9 – Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI

11/10 – Wabash Theater – Wabash, IN

11/11 – Hard Rock Casino – Gary, IN

11/13 – Warner Theater – Washington, DC

11/14 – The Palace – Stamford, CT

11/15 – Warner Theatre – Torrington, CT

11/17 – Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, NJ

11/18 – Wind Creek Events Center – Bethlehem, PA

11/19 – NYCB Theatre – Westbury, NY

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