The #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES tour wrapped triumphantly July 28 with two sold-out Florida plays and a sold-out show in Atlanta, and now the prog rock pioneers would like to thank all involved for making this summer’s 35-date North American 50th Anniversary trek a big success, receiving high praise from critics and fans across the board.
YES (L-R): Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Alan White, Jon Davison, Billy Sherwood
Photo Credit: Gottlieb Bros.
“Thank you to all the fans, promoters, venues, agents and everyone else involved for helping us celebrate such a special milestone,” shares the band: Steve Howe (guitar – joined 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015). “An extra special thank you goes out to founding member Tony Kaye for joining us every night, to Jay Schellen for additional drums, to Roger Dean and his team for bringing their exhibition to the East Coast dates, and to Trevor Horn, Patrick Moraz and Tom Brislin for joining us in Philadelphia for a special weekend and fan convention.” Alan White sums it up, “It was great to reconnect with friends and fans from near and far! Onward…”
Critical praise for #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES:
“The entire band over hours delivered sights and sounds that consumed the theater with tone and texture while nudging us into lyrical leaps down rabbit holes…Yes was sweeping and spectacular.”
–John Barry, Poughkeepsie Journal, 7/25/18
“When [Tony Kaye] showed up in Anaheim, you could feel an extra surge of excitement…[Steve Howe] indulged the audience with the shrill of the steel [guitar] on the ‘Soon’ portion from ‘The Gates of Delirium.’ That one still makes the hair on my arms stand to attention. Slender and sleight, the guitarist attacks his instrument with pointed passion and precision…Tonight, there was simply no way to ignore [Howe’s] brilliance…Kaye played with abandon, asserting his might at the breaks and on an extended solo during ‘Roundabout.’ By the time the grand sweep of ‘Starship Trooper’ spread its sonic space dust over the bedazzled crowd, the majestic history of Yes couldn’t have been more apparent…Tonight proved the bar has been set high.”
–Shawn Perry, Vintage Rock, 6/20/18
“YES is the type of band that always puts on an unforgettable show and takes the audience on a journey through decades of great music. [The Ford Theatre in Los Angeles] was the perfect venue to see YES at.”
–Alex Kluft, Music Connection, 6/22/18