YES will play eight UK dates in June on their Album Series 2023 Tour, which will feature their 1974 Relayer album in its entirety, plus a selection of other classic YES tracks.
For the tour, originally planned for 2020 until Covid-19 hampered things, the band had planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their legendary Close To The Edge album with shows including The Royal Albert Hall.
With no available dates at the iconic venue, next year, 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), and Billy Sherwood (bass guitar), with Jay Schellen (drums and percussion) stepping into Alan White’s shoes following his tragic passing in May 2022.
The show will comprise two sets by the band. The first will feature favourite classic tracks from YES’s extensive catalogue. YES will perform Relayer, their seventh studio album, 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 four in the UK album chart and number five in the US Billboard chart.