Yes does not let the dust settle before departing on another tour. The band has announced UK dates for their long-awaited Album Series 2023 Tour featuring their 1974 Relayer album in its entirety together with a selection of other classic Yes favourites. Tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday 14 October.
The Relayer Tour was originally planned for 2020 but had to be postponed due to the pandemic and last year’s highly anticipated 50th anniversary of their legendary Close To The Edge album.
The Royal Albert Hall was the original choice for the tour’s London show but has no availability, so the band will make a nostalgic return to an old haunt, the former Hammersmith Odeon.
The coming tour features Steve Howe (guitars), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar) with Jay Schellen (drums and percussion) stepping into Alan White’s shoes following his passing in May 2022.
The show will be comprised of two sets by the band. The first will feature favourite classic tracks from the band’s extensive catalogue. Yes. Relayer, their seventh studio album, will be performed in full in the second set.
Relayer marked a slight change in direction bringing an edgier feel to this album. At almost 22 minutes in length, the opening track Gates Of Delirium included a battle scene between keyboard and guitar. The battle gives way to the beautiful closing ballad Soon, a prayer for peace and hope.
Relayer continues with Sound Chaser, a prog-rock-jazz fusion experiment demonstrating the power of Alan White and Chris Squire, and To Be Over, a calm and gentle conclusion to the album, based on a melody by Steve Howe and Jon Anderson.
Released in late 1974 on Atlantic Records, Relayer continued YES’s success reaching number 4 in the UK album chart and number 5 in the US Billboard chart.
The UK Relayer Tour dates for 2023 are as follows:
Saturday 10 June Birmingham Symphony Hall
Sunday 11 June Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Monday 12 June York Barbican
Wednesday 14 June Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Thursday 15 June Gateshead The Sage
Friday 16 June Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Saturday 18 June Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 20 June London Eventim Apollo Tickets from Yesworld.com, Bookingsdirect.com and all usual outlets.
Are there any further concerts planned for our East Midlands Area, Leicester DeMontford or Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, or Sheffield City Hall…In July or August next year?…David Coyne Ng241sj.