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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Concert: Yes to play ’70s albums at Congress Center

The new lineup of Yes, with singer Jon Davison in the center.

Classic rockers’ Three Album tour with new lead singer is winding down

Pioneering progressive rock band Yes returns to Prague for the first time in a decade, and there have been some substantial changes to the lineup since their last show. Bassist Chris Squire, the only member to be on all of their studio albums, remains the “keeper of the torch.” Long-time guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White are also still in the roster. Vocalist Jon Anderson, who was an original member when the band formed in 1968 has been replaced by Jon Davison. Up until 2008, he had been on every album except 1980’s Drama. The keyboard player in Yes has changed often, and the current one is Geoff Downes, who worked previously with The Buggles and Asia.

YesThree Album TourWhen: May 30 at 8 p.m.Where: Prague Congress Centerwww.yesworld.com
Anderson had health issues that prevented him from touring and recording, and was replaces in 2008. Davison, the current singer came on board in 2012 after being recommended to Squire by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
The band is looking back at its career by performing three of its classic albums in their entirety: 1972’s Close to the Edge, 1977’s Going for the One and 1971’s The Yes Album. The encore has consistently been “Roundabout.” Aside from the title tracks on the first two albums, the show includes the hits “And You and I,” “Wondrous Stories,” “Starship Trooper” and “I’ve Seen All Good People.”

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