Following the hugely successful launch of their North America tour, which kicked off last week to rave reviews, former YES members Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman (ARW) have announced a second London date to their 2017 March UK tour.
Due to overwhelming demand, ARW will now play Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on Saturday 18th of March in addition to Sunday 19th. They will be playing ten shows starting at the Cardiff Arena on the 12th and finishing at the Manchester Apollo on the 25th, full list of dates below.
The most successful prog rock group of all time, YES was co-founded by Jon Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968 and went on to sell millions of units with releases such as Fragile, Close to The Edge, Tales From Topographic Oceans, Going For The One and 90125, as well as embarking on several record-breaking world tours.
While Rick is associated with the ’70s “prog era” of the band (which saw YES become a worldwide stadium headliner) and Trevor associated with the ’80s “pop era” of the band (which furthered the band’s popularity – including the band’s biggest chart success), Jon is the bridge between both factions (as he was a member of both eras).
Since they last played together in 1990 on the highly successful YES ‘Union Tour’, there have been various hybrid versions of the band. However, none featured the iconic voice of Jon Anderson, the outstanding guitar talent of Trevor Rabin, and the keyboard wizardry of Rick Wakeman.
The aim of the band will be to restore the standard of excellence in performance that they established with their 1990 shows – which saw YES members past and present come together for the first (and only) time of the legendary band’s career. Not content to rest on past glory, throughout their world tour Jon, Trevor and Rick will be delivering hits and fan-favourites from the YES catalogue brought up to date for today’s audiences.
The worldwide ARW tour is produced by legendary concert promoter Larry Magid, who has over 16,000 concerts to his name including the 1985 American portion of Live Aid and 2005’s Live 8.
Reviews of the first few shows indicate that the ARW tour will be another unforgettable experience. As website CL Tampa put it: “For those who love the music of YES and the musical gifts these three integral members bring to the table, this brand new tour is definitely not one to be missed.”
UK TOUR DATES (March 2017)
Sun 12th – Cardiff Arena
Mon 13th – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wed 15th – Brighton, Dome
Thu 16th – Bournemouth, International Centre
Sat 18th – London, Hammersmith Eventim Apollo [EXTRA DATE ADDED]
Sun 19th – London, Hammersmith Eventim Apollo
Tue 21st – Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
Wed 22nd – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Fri 24th – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Sat 25th – Manchester, Apollo