The legendary prog-rockers YES took the stage at the Tavistock in Tavistock, England yesterday on 6/13/22. The 400-capacity venue was treated to an intimate performance by the band, featuring the original lineup minus the legendary drummer Alan White who recently passed away on May 26th of this year. Jay Schellen, who was already a member of their touring band, has taken over as their full-time drummer. This show and the rest of this tour will be the band’s first show since losing White.
Their setlist was filled with firsts for Yes. They kicked off the night with a performance of “On The Silent Wings of Freedom” from their 1978 album Tormato, the first time this song was performed live since its release year. They also played “The Ice Bridge” and “Dare to Know”, two cuts of their 2021 album The Quest, marking the first time those songs were ever performed live.
This show is the precursor to Yes’s Close To The Edge 50th Anniversary tour. The band will be celebrating their landmark album’s fifth decade with a tour of Europe and Japan where they will play Close To The Edge in its entirety along with a selection of classic cuts.
“the band, featuring the original lineup minus the legendary drummer Alan White who recently passed away on May 26th of this year” – there’s no one from the original lineup in the band. Two of the five co-founders already died. Alan White joined in ’72.
Thank you! And I am sure that most people aren’t aware that the deceased co-founders are Chris Squire and Peter Banks.