In advance of next week’s launch of YES‘ much-anticipated North American “The Royal Affair Tour,” the prog rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees have released online a nearly 40-minute documentary, “YES 50: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.” View it here: https://youtu.be/-6cAAWlg-Ok This documentary is a teaser to the forthcoming Rhino release, YES 50 LIVE, due for release on August 2, although advanced copies will be available to fans exclusively at “The Royal Affair Tour” shows later in the tour.
Directed by Paul Gosling, the documentary had a limited release over Christmas to fans as a holiday present and has since been updated with another 15-minutes of exclusive performance footage and interviews with band members Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Billy Sherwood and Jon Davison plus current additional drummer Jay Schellen as well as former members Trevor Horn and Tony Kaye. World-renowned English artist and designer Roger Dean is also interviewed.
“As a long-standing fan of the band, following Yes on the road this year and last on their momentous 50th tour was a dream come true,” says Gosling. “Thank you to Steve Howe, Alan White and the band, Roger Dean, Tony Kaye and Trevor Horn for their co-operation in making this film.”
Roger Dean –whose masterful artwork has graced classic album covers and posters, most prominently by YES and Asia— is a special guest on “The Royal Affair Tour.”Headlined by prog rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees YES, the trek launches Wednesday, June 12 in Bethlehem, PA and wraps Sunday, July 28 inSaratoga, CA. See below for the full list of tour dates and go to www.yesworld.com/livefor ticketing information plus meet-and-greet/VIP packages.
View the tour trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkN5R1Gh7Po. Read the launch press release here.
“The Royal Affair Tour” commences on what would have been John Wetton‘s 70th birthday (June 12), so there will be a special celebration of his life at the Bethlehem, PA show. And Alan White‘s 70th birthday (June 14) will be celebrated YES-style at theFarmingdale, New York show.
The tour dates for “THE ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR” are as follows:
Bethlehem Event Center
Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater
Atlantic City, NJ
Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
PNC Bank Arts Center
Westchester County Center
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Bank of NH Pavilion
Bold Point Park
Rochester Hills, MI
Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Grand Ole Opry House
Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sugar Land, TX
Smart Financial Centre
St Augustine, FL
St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Toyota Music Factory
Las Vegas, NV
The Joint (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
The Mountain Winery