Prog-Rock Icons Yes Announce Australian Tour

27 June 2014 | 1:34 pm | Staff Writer

They'll be playing two classic albums, in full, back-to-back

World-renowned prog-rock luminaries Yes have revealed that they are heading Down Under this November for a four-city jaunt of the land that will see the Grammy-winning legends perform two of their classic albums back-to-back.

The touring line-up is centred on founding bassist Chris Squire and long-time guitarist Steve Howe, who joined the band in 1970, two years after Squire and co-originator Jon Anderson had conceived the band. Drummer Alan White is the next longest-serving of the current line-up, having stepped behind the kit for the group back in 1972, with keyboardist Geoff Downes having been a mainstay since 1980.

The newest member of the line-up, lead vocalist Jon Davison, joined in 2012, replacing Anderson's original fill-in, Benoît Gerard Guy David.

You'll want to get in a good kip or something before the shows, as they will take in the British trailblazers' watershed 1971 LP Fragile as well as 1972's follow-up Close To The Edge – not to mention an encore all stuffed full of the band's biggest hits from the rest of their long and storied career, as well as new material from the band's forthcoming Heaven And Earth LP, which is due for release next month.

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Both Fragile and Close To The Edge are highly regarded in their own right as seminal prog-rock records; the former for being Yes' breakthrough, the latter for being legitimately one of the finest examples of the genre, even to this day.

The tour touches down in Perth on November 12 and rolls through the Gold Coast and Sydney on the way to Melbourne's Palais Theatre for the tour's closing gig on November 18.

Yes will be joined for all shows except in WA by Aussie soul stalwarts The Widowbirds.

Tickets will be available for general purchase from 9am on Monday, July 7, via Ticketek for the Perth and Gold Coast shows, and Ticketmaster for Sydney and Melbourne.

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