YES Announces 50th Anniversary tour with a 30+ date North American tour starting June 5th

YES (L-R): Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Alan White, Jon Davison, Billy Sherwood
Photo Credit: Glenn Gottlieb

YES, one of the biggest bands in prog rock history and true pioneers of the genre, today (March 26) revealed the dates and details for this summer’s 50th Anniversary North American tour titled #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES. Tickets for the 30-plus date outing, which kicks off June 5 and 6 with a two-night engagement at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL, will go on sale to the public beginning this Friday, March 30 or Saturday, March 31, with select shows going on sale in early April. A handful of additional dates will be announced soon.“Much has changed since I joined Yes in 1970, but the core elements of the band have remained consistent,” shares guitarist Steve Howe. “We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best-loved work and revisit a few classic pieces that have been lost for a while. We look forward to sharing the 50th anniversary with the fanbase, playing classic songs that celebrate the broad musical style of Yes.”   

“I have been blessed to be a member of this amazing band’s rhythm section for the past 46 years, mostly in the company of my great friend Chris Squire, and latterly alongside Chris’ chosen successor, Billy Sherwood, who is receiving recognition for stepping into Chris’ pre-eminent bass and vocals,”says drummer Alan White. “Each night we are pausing to reflect on Chris’ importance to Yes, his desire that we should continue to share Yes music on stages worldwide, and the specific dedication of ‘Onward’ to his huge memory. I’m so grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to celebrating our 50th Anniversary in America.  It has been a great ride!”


“Being a member of the band during its 50th anniversary is a privilege and honor,” adds Geoff Downes (keys). “It is awe-inspiring to reflect on the caliber and invention of the musicians who have forged the legacy of Yes since 1968, always pushing the boundaries. Playing on stage with founder member Tony Kaye to launch the 50th anniversary [on this year’s Cruise to the Edge] was a wonderful experience for the band and our fans, to whom we dedicate this special tour.”

During this summer’s “Evening with YES” shows, YES—Steve Howe (guitar since 1970), Alan 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 perform a special classic hits concert to commemorate the landmark occasion.

The cross-country trek will take the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees to Kansas City, Denver, Los Angeles (June 19 at the Ford Theater), San Jose, Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Boston, Staten Island, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Orlando, among many other cities, before wrapping July 28 in Atlanta. See below for full list of tour dates.


#YES50 Anniversary Tour Dates

Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL June 5 Onsale Friday, March 30
Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL June 6 Onsale Friday, March 30
Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo, MI June 8 Onsale Friday, March 30
Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO June 10 Onsale Friday, March 30
Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO June 11 Onsale Friday, March 30
Century Link Arena, Boise, ID June 13 Onsale Friday, March 30
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodniville, WA June 14 Onsale Saturday, March 31
Spectrum Amphitheatre, Bakersfield, CA June 16 Onsale Friday, April 6
City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA June 17 Onsale Friday, April 6
Ford Theatre, Los Angeles, CA June 19 Onsale Friday, April 6
City National Civic, San Jose, CA June 20 Onsale Friday, April 6
Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover, NV June 22 Onsale Tuesday, April 3
E Center at Edgewater Hotel Casino, Laughlin, NV June 23 Onsale Friday, March 30
Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, CA June 24 Onsale Friday, March 30
Kresge Auditorium, Interlochen, MI June 28 Onsale Friday, April 27
20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI June 29 Onsale Friday, April 27
Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI June 30 Onsale Friday, April 6
PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center, Cincinatti, OH July 2 Onsale Friday, March 30
Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, Munhall, PA July 5 Onsale Friday, March 30
Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA July 6 Onsale Saturday, March 31
The Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ July 7 Onsale Friday, March 30
The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA July 10 Onsale Friday, March 30
Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH July 11 Onsale Friday, March 30
Tropicana Casino, Atlantic City, NJ July 14 Onsale Friday, March 30
St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY July 15 Onsale Friday, March 30
Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill, NY July 17 Onsale Friday, March 30
Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY July 18 Onsale Friday, March 30
The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA July 20 Onsale Friday, March 30
The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA July 21 Onsale Friday, March 30
Warner Theatre, Washington, DC July 23 Onsale Friday, March 30
Capitol Theatre, Clearwater, FL July 26 Onsale Saturday, March 31
The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL July 27 Onsale Friday, April 6
Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA July 28 Onsale Friday, March 30


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