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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Yes' Alan White talks three-album tour: 'We wanted to take things a bit farther'

Yes Alan WhiteIt sure feels like the ‘70s all over again as British prog-rock band Yes hit the road in Canada this week for a tour that sees them performing three classic albums in concert from beginning to end.

Drummer Alan White, 64, says bringing their triple record tour – 1971’s The YES Album, 1972’s Close to the Edge, and 1977’s Going For The One – to Canada was an obvious choice. Collectively, the albums sold close to 50 million copies worldwide.

“We haven’t been up there for a while,” said White of playing The Great White North in the spring before European and U.S. dates in the summer. “We have an affinity with Vancouver. We recorded (1999’s) The Ladder there.”

White was also famously a member of The Plastic Ono Band with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, whose one album was Live Peace in Toronto 1969, recorded during the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival.

We caught up with White down the line from his Seattle area home to talk about the triple-album tour and find out how Yes has managed to endure for over four decades.


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