Yes To Tour With Asia, The Moody Blues' John Lodge, & Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
The initial dates for Yes' "The Royal Affair Tour" have been announced, with the trek also featuring Asia, the Moody Blues' John Lodge, and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown. The tour will launch on June 12th in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and as of now, will wind down on July 28th in Saratoga, California. Yes' current lineup features Steve Howe on guitar, Alan White on drums, Geoff Downes on keyboards, Jon Davison on vocals, and Billy Sherwood on bass. The band is supplemented by Jay Schellen on additional drums.
Steve Howe said in a statement: "Yes is delighted to headline this celebration of British music which has been so warmly received in America over the past five decades."
Alan White added: "I’m looking forward to joining a number of classic British talents that have delighted so many fans over the past half century."
Geoff Downes went on to say: "This is a unique celebration of the British contribution to classic rock over many decades. It will be inspirational to be a part of. And I know it is what (late-Asia leader) John Wetton would have wanted."
According to the press release:
Asia will play their signature songs and pay tribute to their late founding member John Wetton. A portion of their set will feature original guitarist Steve Howe in a special performance. Asia will also introduce its new line-up featuring guitarist/lead vocalist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and bassist Billy Sherwood.
John Lodge’s set will encompass his classic hits by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Moody Blues and pay tribute to the band’s recently departed member Ray Thomas.
Carl Palmer will honor the memory of his fellow Emerson, Lake and Palmer members Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, with vocals by British vocalist Arthur Brown.
As part of the evening’s British theme, there will be Alan White of Yes' tribute to John Lennon; White was the drummer on Lennon’s solo material including the recording of ""Imagine."
Yes' Steve Howe recently touched upon the band's revolving door of members throughout the years: "It's kind of an evolutionary thing. And Yes just kept going and going and maybe taking short breaks -- maybe a couple of years -- then the lineup might change and we might get back together. Y'know, this person would leave -- and people leave sometimes, because they really do want to do different music, y'know, and Bill Bruford did that. And several Yes musicians have done that. But other times, yeah, there's a bit of intrigue. There could be some problems; somebody doesn't like a record we made, or didn't like a tour -- it's all a mixed bag."
John Lodge told us that when you get the chance to cover the U.S. the way the Moody Blues have over the decades, it's hard not to fall in love with America: "It’s nice to get the opportunity to go and see so many different places. I mean, we’ve obviously seen more of America than I would think 99.9 percent of Americans, y'know? And America’s a beautiful country, and there’s so much available for people to see, so diverse in everything you could ever think of, y'know? So when you’re touring, it’s really nice to see somewhere, do a concert and think, 'I’m gonna come back one day and go and have a look at this in my own time.'"
JUST ANNOUNCED: Yes' "The Royal Affair" tour dates (subject to change):
June 12 - Bethlehem, PA - Bethlehem Event Center
June 14 - Farmingdale, NY - LI Community Hospital Amphitheater
June 15 - Atlantic City, NJ - Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
June 16 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
June 20 - Westchester, NY - Westchester County Center
June 21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
June 22 - Baltimore, MD - MECU Pavilion
June 24 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
June 25 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark Amphitheater
June 27 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
June 29 - Gilford, NH - Bank of NH Pavilion
Jun 30 - Providence, RI - Bold Point Park
July 3 - Rochester Hills, MI - Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
July 5 - Columbus, OH- Express Live
July 6 - Aurora, IL - RiverEdge Park
July 8 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry House
July 10 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
July 12 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
July 13 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
July 18 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
July 20 - Irving, TX -Toyota Music Factory
July 21 - Rogers, AR -Walmart AMP
July 24 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
July 26 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
July 27 - Irvine, CA - FivePoints Amphitheatre
July 28 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery