Entries tagged with: Yes
photo: Chris Squire with Yes in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Chris Squire, the co-founder and longtime bassist of prog rock icons Yes and the only member of the group to feature on every studio album, has passed away just over a month after revealing that he was suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Squire was 67. Current Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes first tweeted the news, "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire."RIP Chris. You'll be missed and your music will live on.
Yes confirmed Squire's death on their official Facebook page. "It's with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona, in the arms of his loving wife Scotty," the band wrote in a statement. [Rolling Stone]
Yes's upcoming tour is scheduled to hit the NYC-area this August. Watch a video of Chris playing "Close To The Edge" with the band in 2013, below...
photo: Yes in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Prog legends Yes are teaming up with pop rockers Toto for a summer tour of the US that runs from early August through mid-September.
The tour kicks off on August 7 in Connecticut, and then comes NYC-area venue New Jersey PAC on August 8 in Newark, Atlantic City's Borgata on August 9, and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on August 11. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/10) at 10 AM.
In sadder news, earlier this year Toto bassist Mike Porcaro (who played in the band from the mid-'80s to the late '00s) passed away, following a battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
List of all Yes/Toto dates below...
Yes in Camden in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Prog rock vets Yes have announced that they'll go on a tour this summer which will feature them playing 1971's Fragile and 1972's Close to the Edge in their entireties, followed by an encore of greatest hits. The tour hits NYC on July 9 at Radio CIty Music Hall, and also includes a Long Island show on July 12 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (3/28) at noon and 10 AM, respectively. There's AmEx/Chase presales starting Wednesday (3/26) at noon and a local presale starting Thursday (3/27) at noon for the Radio City show, and a Citi Cardmember presale starting Tuesday (3/25) at 10 AM and a Live Nation presale starting Wednesday (3/26) at 10 AM for the Westbury show.
Yes also have a run of international dates before then, including an Atlantic City show on 4/4. All dates are listed, with streams of Fragile and Close to the Edge, below...
The Replacements at Riot Fest Chicago in September (more by Cory Dewald)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2014 nominees (via Rolling Stone), and the list includes Nirvana who are finally eligible (your first single or album had to come out 25 years ago, and their "Love Buzz" cover came out as a single in '88), plus The Replacements (!), Peter Gabriel, The Zombies, Link Wray, Hall and Oates, Yes, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens, in addition to artists who have been previously nominated, N.W.A, LL Cool J, Chic, The Meters, Kiss, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Deep Purple.
From now until December 10, you can vote for nominees on Rolling Stone, and the winners will be inducted at the ceremony in NYC this April.
by Doug Moore
So this isn't entirely new info. Famed Star Trek star/all-around weird dude William Shatner discussed his upcoming prog rock collaboration with Yes guitarist/keyboardist Billy Sherwood in a Rolling Stone interview back in September. The album will apparently pair a bunch of Sherwood-penned prog tunes with Shatner's "original spoken word poetry"; one can only hope that such a pairing is as insane in practice as it sounds on paper. Shatner was in rare form for the interview; here are just some gems among many:
"The label came to me and said, "Would you like to do another album?" and I said, "Absolutely." Then they said, "Well, what would you like to do?" In that moment, I had a creative thought. I said, "I'll take that period of time, an hour before sunset, where a guy is at the beach and in despair about his life, and write music that goes through twilight and sunset into the sounds of the night. Gradually, with the beauty of the night and his thinking, he regains the joy of his life.""This isn't Shatner's first go-round with the music business; he recorded a 'metal album' a few years back, made a record (and covered Pulp) with Ben Folds in 2004, and the roots of his musical career go back to the '60s with his cult classic The Transformed Man.
"I think that prog rock is the science fiction of music."
"I'd love to be part of a discussion of where progressive rock ends and country music begins."
"Well, it's up to you to convince [listeners] that it's not a novelty record."
But Shatner has revealed the details of the upcoming prog album -- entitled Ponder the Mystery, duh -- and judging by what we know so far, this might be the single most absurdly Shatnerian media event ever. It's out next week (10/8) via Cleopatra Records. Here's a bit of the press release:
"As word began to circulate about William Shatner's newest musical project, the prog rock concept album Ponder The Mystery, critics and fans quickly realized it was a match made, if not in Heaven, then in the most glorious reaches of the galaxy. Shatner is after all an enormously popular and celebrated icon of science fiction fantasy, and no musical genre is as invested in, devoted to or driven by fantasy and the imaginative as progressive rock. And though Mr. Shatner is no stranger to the musical world, what sets this effort apart from previous endeavors is the fact that he co-wrote the album, penning a set of intensely personal lyrics for producer/multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood (of the prog rock institution Yes) to compose around. And now, after months of puzzled rumors, probing questions and ponderous speculation, the album is finally ready to be embraced by the general public; it will be released on CD, vinyl and digital formats October 8, 2013.Joining the two Bill's on this journey into the mysteries of human curiosity and consciousness is a group of virtuosos from numerous genres and fields: Mick Jones from Foreigner (not Mick Jones from The Clash), Simon House from Hawkwind (a version of which plays NYC on 10/13 without him), Steve Vai from...the G3 tour, acclaimed jazz guitarist Al Di Meola, Rick Wakeman (also of Yes), Belgian multi-instrumentalist Joel Vandroogenbroeck, better-known multi-instrumentalist Edgard Winter (playing sax here), Nik Turner (also of Hawkwind and who is playing Saint Vitus in November), country singer Vince Gill, Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream, Robby Krieger from The Doors, smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz, and jazz keytar king George Duke.
My brain starts to ache when I try to imagine the specifics of what this album is going to sound like, but I do not exaggerate when I say that I can't wait to hear what this sounds like. Hopefully it will be the technicolor rainbow space vomit of cleanly-produced sound that this insane list of guests implies. There are some sound snippets over at Amazon.
Oh, and he'll be performing the album live. No East Coast dates have been announced but he'll be playing shows in California later this month and those are listed below. Shatner told The Beach Reporter if they go well, there may be more. "I'm feeling the audience out to see whether it's as good as I think it is and whether we should go on with it or not. In effect, Hermosa Beach is a testing ground. This is a new experience for everyone."
In all seriousness, kudos to Shatner for staying creatively active after all these years. Ponder the Mystery comes out on 10/8; keep an eye out for some streaming samples. Meanwhile, check out the tracklist and list of live dates, below.
Photos by Greg Cristman
Yes @ Susquehanna Bank Center, 8/3/2013
Progressive rock gods Yes hosted their own festival in Camden, NJ on August 3 at Susquehanna Bank Center named, appropriately, Yestival. The fest, part of a larger swing of dates, featured the band performing a trio of classic LPs in their entirety including The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One. In addition, the festival featured appearances from Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy, Renaissance and The Music Box (performing the Genesis favorite Foxtrot) in addition to rare prints by some of the artists responsible for some of the covers that have graced Yes albums years ago.
More photos from Camden this past weekend are below....
Long-running country punks Supersuckers, who've been at it for over two decades now (and put out a bunch of records on Sub Pop in the '90s) are playing a NYC show on September 7 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Prog rock legends Yes have been on a tour this year which hit NYC back in April and comes to Port Chester for a Capitol Theatre show on 7/28, and that tour will return to the area on August 3 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ for what they're calling Yestival. It's a mini festival that also features Renaissance, The Musical Box (performing Foxtrot), Carl Palmer Band, and an appearance from Roger Dean. Yes will be performing The Yes Album and Close to the Edge at the show. Tickets for Yestival are on sale now.
Pretty & Nice, MiniBoone, and Miracles of Modern Science are playing Mercury Lounge on September 6. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale starts Friday (7/19) at noon.
ARMS play Mercury Lounge on September 10. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale starts Friday (7/19) at noon. Arms also play Glasslands on July 27 with Night Moves, and tickets for that show are on sale now.
Tickets for the Widowspeak, Pure Bathing Culture, and Spires show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for Pure Bathing Culture's show at Glasslands with Leapling are still available.
As mentioned, the current incarnation of prog rock legends Yes are going on a tour this year playing three of their classic albums, The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One, in their entirety. That tour hits NYC for a previously discussed (and now sold out) show at Beacon Theatre on April 9, and the band have just announced that they'll be adding a second leg to the tour which sees them returning to the NYC area on July 28 at Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon.
Updated dates are listed below...
Jon Anderson has paid homage to fellow Yes founding member Peter Banks, who died March 8 at at age 65.The unfortunate news above (via Daily Swarm) is that Peter Banks, who recorded on the first two Yes albums, passed away last week (3/8) at age 65. Rest in peace, Peter. Your contributions to rock music will be remembered.
Anderson told Premiere Radio Networks' Sal Cirrincione: "Peter was in good spirits the last couple of times we spoke, even though he had been in bad health of late, but always joking and still ready to create music. I will miss him."
Anderson also confirmed it was Banks who originally came up with the 'Yes' moniker.
"It is true, he was the one who said: 'Yes, we should call the band Yes.' Bless him... a sweet guy... and a wild guitar player."
The current line-up of Yes issued this collective statement: "We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of fellow bandmate and founding Yes member, Peter Banks. He was a huge piece of the fabric that made Yes what it is and our thoughts, sincere condolences and prayers are with him and his family. Peter, we shall miss you greatly." [Classic Rock Magazine]
Stream some tracks below...
Yes 2012, L to R (Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, Alan White, Chris Squire)
Though the classic Yes lineup (Anderson, Squire, Howe, Bruford, White, Wakeman) has not been in place in close to ten years, the progressive rock greats (current members above) will hit the road for a tour in celebration of three albums that were the fruit of their labor. Yes will play The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Going for the One in their entirety during a US tour in March, hitting Beacon Theater on April 9th. Ticketing info is on the way.
All tour dates are listed below, along with Spotify streams of the classic Yes LPs.
photos by Paul Bachmann
Going tonight in DC. Would prefer that Anderson was there, but, I'm going to see Steve Howe. I've seen them many times, including without Wakeman, without Squire (ABW&H) and without Bruford and without White. I love the setlist they've been playing with Owner of a Loney Heart right in the middle making for a good time to hit the bathroom and get a beer. -WarrenYes played two nights at NYC's Town Hall on February 13th and 14th. The pictures here are from the first night. YES is: Benoît David on vocals, Steve Howe on guitar, Oliver Wakeman on keys, Chris Squire on bass, and Alan White on drums. They're on tour through February. That includes a rescheduled show tonight (February 16th) at NJ's Wellmont Theatre. Tickets are still on sale. More pictures from Town Hall, along with the first night's setlist (complete with a true Yes fan's commentary) are below...
Due to the snowstorm blanketing the area the following Yes shows nave been rescheduled. Tickets for the original show date will be honored for the new date. Yes regrets any inconvenience.Yes's newly rescheduled show at Wellmont Theatre will happen on Tuesday, February 16th. Tickets are still on sale.
• Warner Theatre, DC - Original date Feb. 6, moved to Feb. 15
• Montclair, NJ - Original date Feb. 10, moved to Feb. 16
• Cleveland, OH - Original date Feb. 17, moved to Feb. 21
Before then, the band does two nights, February 13th and 14th, at the Town Hall in NYC. Tickets are still on sale for that too.
Vocalist Benoit David, now an official member, sings with the band on these dates, not original singer Jon Anderson. The gigs are part of a larger tour, the dates of which are posted below...
...the classic YES line-up of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White will launch the "In The Present" tour starting November 4th in Hamilton, Ontario, marking yet another chapter in the art-rockers' amazing, 40-year career of legendary live performances. The three will be joined by keyboardist Oliver Wakeman, the son of YES' Rick Wakeman, and vocalist Benoit David, a Montreal, Quebec, native and vocalist in several YES tribute groups, who was discovered by the band on the Internet...."Yes" has a NYC show scheduled at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets on sale Saturday.
....YES postponed plans for a 40th anniversary Close to the Edge and Back tour in June, when vocalist Jon Anderson suffered a severe asthma attack and was diagnosed with acute respiratory failure. Commented Squire: "This isn't an attempt to replace Jon Anderson, because as we all know, that would be impossible. With Benoit, we are bringing in a talented singer so that we can go out and honor the music of YES for the fans who have waited for the past four years to see us perform."
March 20, 2008 It's official--Yes is back! Jon, Steve, Chris, and Alan are planning a world tour, with Oliver Wakeman sitting in on keyboards.More info and dates below....
an Ahmet Ertegun Tribute....