An evening with Yes
March 20, 7:30 p.m. | Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tickets: $39 — $89.50 plus charges at Ticketmaster
Playing in a legendary rock band, even one as low-key as British progressive pioneers Yes, has its privileges.
But considering that ribald rock ’n’ roll decadence was never Yes’s forte, the band’s walks on the wild side are less dangerous than those of its ’70s rock peers. And considerably less tittilating.
Once, when the band’s drummer, Alan White, was travelling to Victoria from Seattle aboard the Victoria Clipper, he was spotted by one of the ship’s senior staff. A few handshakes later, and White was being shuttled to the Clipper’s staff-only area, the ferry-service version of being handed the keys to the catamaran. “He recognized me and let me get in (the bridge) at the front,” White said with a laugh, down the line from Los Angeles.
White, 64, is used to these types of encounters. Yes hosts its own annual rock ’n’ roll cruise, entitled Cruise to the Edge, which gives White and his current bandmates — guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, singer John Davison and keyboardist Geoff Downes — five days to spend with its most hardcore fans, who can chat and have pictures taken with Yes between the band’s on-board performances.