Yestival Tour starts this week


YES hits the road again with their Yestival tour kicking off in Greensboro NC this Friday. Also appearing on the bill (at most dates) are Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy.  The 31-date trek includes four Canadian dates, in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and London.

YES will play one track from each of their first ten albums in chronological order – from 1968’s ‘Yes’ through to 1980’s ‘Drama’, with ‘added surprises’. This sounds like a tour not to be missed, with YES continuing to perform deep cuts alongside fan favourites.

Alan White will be supported for this tour by additional drummer Dylan Howe, son of Steve. From the YES Official Facebook page:

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YES’s Alan White welcomes Dylan Howe to rhythm section for #YESTIVAL– Double Drumming! Video Diary!
2017 Tour Dates & Tickets:

2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees YES and longtime drummer Alan White have today (7/26) announced that Dylan Howe, son of guitarist Steve Howe, will be joining the band’s rhythm section on this summer’s 31-date North American YESTIVAL Tour creating a twin drum powerhouse alongside White, in similar fashion that Bill Bruford and White brought on their Union Tour in the early 1990s with two drummers playing simultaneously.
“It’s a pleasure for me to welcome Dylan Howe to the YES stage,” shares White. “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. I’m very much looking forward to performing with him this summer for the upcoming YES tour.”
“I feel very honored and fortunate to have got the call to join YES this summer,” adds Dylan. “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 for me.”


2017 has been an ‘interesting’ year in Yesworld. April saw the 8-man ‘Union’ line up inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, which resulted in a patched up performance at the induction ceremony by members of both YES and ARW (now know as Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman). Since then, both bands have reiterated their own plans to celebrate YES’s 50th Anniversary in 2018.

YESTIVAL tour dates:

Aug 04 – White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex, NC
Aug 05 – Holmes Convocation Center, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Aug 07 – Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
Aug 08 – Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA
Aug 10 – The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Aug 11 – Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY
Aug 12 – P.N.C. Bank Center, Holmdel, NJ
Aug 14 – Hershey Theatre, Hershey, PA
Aug 16 – The Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA
Aug 17 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
Aug 19 – Festival Park – Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, IL – (A benefit for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
Aug 20 – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland, OH
Aug 22 – The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 23 – Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TX
Aug 25 – Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Aug 26 – The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Aug 28 – Balboa Theatre, San Diego, CA – (only Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy supporting)
Aug 29 – Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Aug 31 – Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV – (YES only – no support)
Sep 01 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA – (YES only – no support) – Tickets on sale Fri July 21
Sep 03 – Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
Sep 05 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC – (only Todd Rundgren supporting)
Sep 07 – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB – (only Todd Rundgren supporting)
Sep 08 – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB – (only Todd Rundgren supporting)
Sep 11 – Bluestem Center For The Arts Amphitheatre, Moorhead, MN – (only Todd Rundgren supporting)
Sep 12 – McGrath Amphitheatre, Cedar Rapids, IA – (only Todd Rundgren supporting)
Sep 14 – Budweiser Gardens, London, ON – (only Todd Rundgren supporting)
Sep 17 – The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA – (YES only – no support)
Sep 18 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY – (YES only – no support)
Sep 19 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY – (YES only – no support)