Yes Announces “Close To The Edge” 50th Anniversary U.S. Tour Dates

Yes "Close To The Edge" 50th Anniversary Tour

Fifty years ago, Yes released their iconic album Close To The Edge. The epic sonic journey is one of the most defining records for the progressive movement.

“We were young, enthusiastic, and adventurous, and we had this incredible breakthrough success with Fragile,” guitarist Steve Howe tells Guitar Player in their September 2022 issue. “We saw our next album as a real opportunity to prove our worth as a band. The door had been opened and we weren’t going to go backward. We wanted to sharpen our skills as far as writing and arranging.”

Now the band is celebrating the milestone with the “Close To The Edge 50th Anniversary Tour,” which will see the band playing the masterpiece in its entirety, as well as a selection of other classic songs. The current Yes lineup includes Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes, lead vocalist Jon Davison, and bassist Billy Sherwood, who continues to anchor the band in place of the late Chris Squire. Another addition to the band is drummer Jay Schellen, who will be filling the drum seat after Alan White’s passing in May. The tour is dedicated to his memory.

“Alan White joined Yes in June 1972, just days before their “Close To The Edge” Tour began,” the band writes. Over the following 50 years, Alan 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, something he lived for, in the run up to his 50th anniversary of joining Yes.”

The extensive tour kicks off October 2nd with an Alan White tribute show before snaking its way across the entire U.S. The run is slated to wrap up on November 19th at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury, New York.

Yes “Close To The Edge” 50th Anniversary Tour:

Oct 02Paramount TheatreSeattle, WA (Alan White Tribute Concert Featuring Members of Yes)
Oct 07Keswick TheatreGlenside, PA
Oct 08Keswick TheatreGlenside, PA
Oct 09State TheatreNew Brunswick, NJ
Oct 11Ryman AuditoriumNashville, TN
Oct 13Florida TheatreJacksonville, FL
Oct 14The Parker PlayhouseFt. Lauderdale, FL
Oct 16King CenterMelbourne, FL
Oct 17Ruth Eckerd HallClearwater, FL
Oct 19Saenger TheatreNew Orleans, LA
Oct 20Arena TheatreHouston, TX
Oct 21The Aztec TheatreSan Antonio, TX
Oct 23Rialto TheatreTucson, AZ
Oct 24The MagnoliaEl Cajon, CA
Oct 25Fox Performing Arts CenterRiverside, CA
Oct 27Hard Rock LiveWheatland, CA
Oct 29Paramount TheatreSeattle, WA
Nov 04The FactoryChesterfield, MO
Nov 05Brown County Music CenterNashville, IN
Nov 06Taft TheatreCincinnati, OH
Nov 09Orpheum TheaterMadison, WI
Nov 10Wabash TheaterWabash, IN
Nov 11Hard Rock CasinoGary, IN
Nov 13Warner TheaterWashington, DC
Nov 14The PalaceStamford, CT
Nov 15Warner TheatreTorrington, CT
Nov 17Bergen Performing Arts CenterEnglewood, NJ
Nov 18Wind Creek Events CenterBethlehem, PA
Nov 19NYCB TheatreWestbury, NY

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  1. jim

    Without Rick Wakeman, Jon Anderson and chris squire – there is no Yes. Just a half ass tribute band.