For Yes, It’s a Family Affair on Yestival Tour

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Alan White, July 19, 2017 (Credit: © Jerry and Lois Photography; used with permission)

2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Yes and their longtime drummer Alan White announced today (7/26) announced that Dylan Howe, son of the band’s guitarist Steve Howe, will be joining the group’s rhythm section on this summer’s 31-date North American Yestival tour to create a “twin drum powerhouse” alongside White. The setup is similar to the arrangement that Bill Bruford and White brought on the “Union Tour” in the early 1990s with two drummers playing simultaneously.

“I’ve known Dylan for most of his life and I’m proud to think I’ve helped to be an inspiration in his musical journey,” says White.

Tickets are available here and here. (See the itinerary below.)

Dylan Howe

Adds Dylan Howe: “This to me is, quite possibly, the musical zenith of my career – my love for this music and the great musicianship that runs through it has always been a massive inspiration to me. Bill and Alan’s drumming is why I started playing the drums in the first place, and to have the opportunity to honor their great contribution to drumming whilst playing alongside Alan with my brilliant father and this outstanding lineup is a dream come true.”

Yestival features special guest Todd Rundgren and an opening set from Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy honoring the magic of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, as well as a few special “Evening with Yes” shows.

The tour will feature a set list of greatest hits from all of Yes’ studio albums up to 1980. Yes–Steve Howe (guitar since 1970), White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015)–will treat fans to such hits as “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper,” performing at least one song from each of the band’s first 10 albums starting with 1969’s Yes to 1980’s Drama.

Watch Dylan Howe tackle a Yes favorite

In addition, as part of the Cleveland date, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate the progressive rock band with a week-long series of events August 15-20. Visit for more details.

Yestival Summer 2017 Tour

Aug 04 – Greensboro, NC – White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Aug 05 – Boone, NC – Holmes Convocation Center
Aug 07 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion
Aug 08 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
Aug 10 – Mashantucket, CT – MGM Grand at Foxwoods
Aug 11 – Brooklyn, NY – Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
Aug 12 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Center
Aug 14 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Theatre
Aug 16 – Greensburg, PA – The Palace Theatre
Aug 17 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 19 – Elgin, IL – Festival Park – Grand Victoria Casino
Aug 20 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Aug 22 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug 23 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre
Aug 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
Aug 26 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Aug 28 – San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre (with Palmer only)
Aug 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
Aug 31 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (Yes only)
Sept 01 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre* (Yes only)
Sept 03 – Tulalip, WA – Tulalip Amphitheatre
Sept 05 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre (with Rundgren only)
Sept 07 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (with Rundgren only)
Sept 08 – Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (with Rundgren only)
Sept 11 – Moorhead, MN – Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater (with Rundgren only)
Sept 12 – Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheatre (with Rundgren only)
Sept 14 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens (with Rundgren only)
Sept 15 – Rochester, NY – ROC Dome Arena
Sept 17 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre* (Yes only)
Sept 18 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount* (Yes only)
Sept 19 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount* (Yes only)

Related: Coverage of Yes’ 2017 Rock Hall induction


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