Yes, an English band well-known for their symphonic rock, was formed in 1968 by Chris Squire, the band’s bass guitarist. In addition to Squire, the band currently features Jon Davison (vocals), Steve Howe (guitarist), Geoff Downes (keys), and Alan White (drums).
While the history of Yes is a rocky one, the band is considered one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of the progressive genre, inspiring bands such as Dream Theater and Rush.
Nearly half of their studio albums have climbed to the top ten on the UK and/or US charts. The ‘70s are largely considered the golden years for Yes and the band released several successful albums that decade, including The Yes Album (1971), Fragile (1971), Close to the Edge (1972), Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973), Relayer (1974), and Going for the One (1977). Fragile is considered to be the US breakthrough album, peaking at #4 on the Billboard album charts in the US.
The band’s highly anticipated 21st studio album, Heaven & Earth, will be released July 22. The album contains eight new tracks, “each of which boasts the unique musicianship and craftsmanship that have come to be known as ‘the Yes sound.’”
The band has embarked upon a nationwide tour, 35 dates in total, that will feature Yes performing both Fragile and Close to the Edge in their entirety, followed by an encore that will consist of songs off of their new album. Yes will stop in Hollywood, FL on Friday, August 1 and perform at the Seminole Hard Rock Live at 8 p.m.
“We really have enjoyed playing at the Hard Rock in past years,” explained Geoff Downes, Yes’ keyboardist. “There’s a great energy and there is always a really good turnout from our fans – I’m really looking forward to playing there once again.”
Tickets for “An Evening with YES” are available on Ticketmaster (though there are not many tickets left) and ticket prices vary from $45 to $70; you may purchase tickets by visiting ticketmaster.com or calling the box office at (954) 797-5531.