Yes, Close To The Edge Tour

Yes Announce Change To Forthcoming Tour Line-Up

by Geoff Ford


After postponing the tour twice, because of Covid restrictions, Yes have already announced that, on this tour, they would now be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their iconic 1972 album Close To The Edge.

Alan White was really looking forward to playing live again and preparing to celebrate his own 50 years with Yes, having joined the band on 30th June 1972, just days before the start of the Close to the Edge Tour, coming full circle in 2022.

Alan’s time on stage has been limited in recent years. His close friend Jay Schellen has been taking on the lion’s share of drumming duties leaving Alan fit to make a welcome appearance towards the end of each performance. Jay will now be taking on drumming duties in Alan’s place.

Alan White was looking forward to celebrating his 50th anniversary on tour with Yes, photo Geoff Ford

The tour line-up will feature Steve Howe (guitars), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals) with Jay Schellen (drums and percussion).

Following the release of The Yes Album and Fragile, in 1971, Yes released what is widely considered one of the most defining albums, not only for Yes but for the whole progressive movement. Close The Edge became an inspiration for their contemporaries and for successive generations of musicians.

“We reached a real high, doing Close To The Edge,” said Steve Howe. “We valued the musicianship, the artistic ideas and the vocalising that people bring and that’s why we’re still doing it, because it’s exciting to do! Close To The Edge was voted the most-proggy album possibly ever made. It was very experimental. We had already done 10-minute epics but with Close To The Edge we just took it a stage further and I’m very pleased we were brave enough to do that.”

The tour will feature Close To The Edge, performed in full, along with other classic tracks from Yes’ extensive catalogue. A full performance of the Relayer album, originally planned for the twice-postponed tour, will now be featured in a future tour in The Album Series.

The show will comprise full production and a high-definition video wall directed by Roger Dean who will also be joining the tour with an exhibition of Yes-related art.

A full performance of the Relayer album will now be featured in a future UK tour in The Album Series. European dates were recently announced for rescheduled dates in 2023.

Yes, photo by Geoff Ford

The 10 date UK and Eire tour includes the following Northern dates:

Friday 17 June, Manchester, Bridgewater Hall

Monday 20 June, Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall

Wednesday 22 June, York, Barbican

Sunday 26 June, Newcastle, O2 City Hall

All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows. For full details and to book tickets for all shows go to venue website or where you can also book Meet and Greets with the band.

With sales of over 50 million records, the Grammy-award winning Yes were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017 where they performed Roundabout from the album Fragile and the FM radio-friendly Owner Of A Lonely Heart from the 1985 album 90125. In 2021 Yes released their 22nd Studio album, The Quest, produced by Steve Howe, which went to No.1 in the UK rock chart and entered the Official UK Album Chart at No. 20.