Yes Add Even More Dates to Yestival Tour

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Like other bands have done, Yes used the platform of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 induction ceremony on April 7 to announce that they will take a victory lap tour this summer with a “Yestival,” referring to the concept they’ve done in previous years. The group will be joined by Carl Palmer‘s ELP Legacy, including a tribute to Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, and special guest Todd Rundgren.

At the time, Yes guitarist Steve Howe revealed that the group will perform one song from the studio albums through 1980’s Drama “plus a couple of surprises. We have ideas [for which songs]. The shape [of the setlist] is starting to sink in.”

On July 17, the band added four more dates, marked with an “*” below.

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

The current lineup features Howe, longtime drummer Alan White, longtime keyboardist Geoff Downes, multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood and vocalist Jon Davison.

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
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)
Sept 07 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (with Rundgren)
Sept 08 – Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (with Rundgren)
Sept 11 – Moorhead, MN – Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater (with Rundgren)
Sept 12 – Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheatre (with Rundgren)
Sept 14 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens (with Rundgren)
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)

Watch Yes perform “Heart of the Sunrise” earlier this year

Related: Our interview with Roger Dean, Yes’ longtime album cover/set designer

Besides current members Howe and White, the members of Yes who were officially inducted are founding member Chris Squire, and former members Jon Anderson (vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), Tony Kaye (keyboards), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and Trevor Rabin (guitar).

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  1. JeffMasonFL
    #1 JeffMasonFL 23 June, 2017, 13:34

    A number of the dates you’ve added are for “Yes Featuring Anderson Rabin and Wakeman,” not Yes with their Yestival. Two different groups.

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    • Greg Brodsky
      Greg Brodsky 23 June, 2017, 18:07

      Thanks, Jeff. We had a brain cramp and have deleted the ARW dates from this story. Great catch!

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      • Why Delete it?
        Why Delete it? 24 June, 2017, 08:18

        Why delete those performances? 2 of the most recognized names associated with the creation of YES music + Rabin who revitalized the group during transitional years = 3 creators of YES music — vs 2 in the current “official” YES band? You’re dovetailing onto their induction into R&RHOF, why not KEEP those dates and asterisk them or use parentheses or something— and give people what they ultimately want— to be able to hear YES MUSIC from the artists just inducted?

        Just seems like deleting them, vs differentiating them, serves no one other than a HEADLINE on a web story.

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        • Greg Brodsky
          Greg Brodsky 24 June, 2017, 09:15

          No easy answer and frankly the two factions now using the Yes name confused me when we put this item together the other day.

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