With worldwide record sales in the tens of millions, Yes still performs sellout concerts around the globe.
In honor of more than four decades as one of progressive rock’s most pivotal bands, Yes is celebrating with the inauguration of “Yestival.” The band has planned a musical celebration, featuring Yes (whose current lineup features Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards) and Jon Davison (vocals)), who will be performing their classic “Yes” album, “Close to the Edge” and “Going for the One” in their entirety.
“I hate to take credit for it,” says Steve Howe, “but I did keep saying we should do this and then eventually everybody agreed to do three albums. It wasn’t easy to sort out which ones and which way around to do them. ‘The Yes Album,’ ‘Close to the Edge’ and ‘Going for the One’ are a fairly representative ‘scan’ of the ’70s.”
Also performing will be Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam, Genesis tribute band The Musical Box, performing the classic 1973 album “Foxtrot,” Volto, featuring Danny Carey of Tool and Sound of Contact drummer Simon Collins (son of Phil Collins), all on the main stage.
There will be a second stage as part of the festival, featuring performances by up-and-coming progressive rock band, Scale The Summit and a special appearance by The School Of Rock, as well as an art showing by Roger Dean, whose visuals and album covers have been an integral part of Yes for decades.
“We are very supportive of young players,” says Howe. “I’ve done workshops with the School of Rock — we all have. We think it’s great that they like our music so much, whether they’re young or old or original fans. We like to encourage these young guys.
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