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Monday, 7 April 2014

Steve Howe Of Yes On Their New Album, 2014 Summer Tour + ‘Ethereal’ Life

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Prog legends Yes spent the bulk of 2013 revisiting their considerable legacy with tour dates featuring full-album performances of three of their classic long-players, ‘The Yes Album,’ ‘Close To The Edge’ and ‘Going For The One.’ As Chris Squire told us at that time, creative ideas were brewing collectively for a new album, but it would be a while until they would have a chance to take action on those thoughts due to their heavy workload.

The first hint that a new release from the group might be stirring came at the beginning of this year when photos of the band at work with producer Roy Thomas Baker in the studio began to emerge on Facebook. Only a couple of short months later, the news of a completed album was circulating.

Evocatively titled ‘Heaven And Earth,’ the newest entry in the Yes catalog (and their first to feature new vocalist Jon Davison) will be released on July 8.

By then, they will be in the midst of a recently announced summer tour which will find them continuing to explore the full-album performances (which have been so successful that the demand has carried Yes worldwide, with recent European and Canadian tour dates). ‘Close To The Edge’ will be held over for the summer run, with the fan favorite ‘Fragile’ album as a companion piece, and each show rounded out with additional hits as well as tracks from the new album.

We spoke with Yes guitar legend Steve Howe to get a bit of advance insight regarding the new album and also his thoughts on the upcoming summer tour.

This new album seems like it came together pretty quickly, by Yes standards. When I spoke to Chris last year, he said that there were “small ideas” brewing, but that the band wouldn’t get a chance to record until probably the end of the year. Factor in the busy year of touring that you guys had and it’s quite impressive that we’re here now talking about a completed album.

Well yeah, but I was the guy holding everybody back. Because they thought they could do it sooner. You know, “Well, let’s do it now, let’s do it in the spring, let’s do it in the autumn and let’s do it in the winter” and I said “No, we just haven’t gotten the material.” So October/November we had to rethink about the material and who had songs. So in fact it could have been a real botched job to have done it any sooner.

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