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ASIA WITH THE RETURN OF FOUNDING MEMBER STEVE HOWE IN A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
JOHN LODGE OF THE MOODY BLUES
AND CARL PALMER’S ELP LEGACY WITH GUEST VOCALS BY ARTHUR BROWN
COMING TO THE PAVILION AT TOYOTA MUSIC FACTORY ON SATURDAY,
Tickets On Sale Friday, April 5 at 11AM at LiveNation.com
The 2019 summer concert calendar has just been lit up with the announcement of YES’ North American concert tour, “The Royal Affair Tour.” Headlined by prog rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees YES, who triumphed last year with their acclaimed and hugely successful #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES tour, this must-see best-of-British-rock show will also feature Asia with the return of founding member Steve Howe in a special performance, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown. View the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkN5R1Gh7Po
The first set of dates for “The Royal Affair Tour” has been announced. The trek will launch Wednesday, June 12 in Bethlehem, PA and visit cities including Holmdel, NJ; Toronto; Nashville, Hollywood, FL; Phoenix; Las Vegas; and Irvine, CA before wrapping Sunday, July 28 in Saratoga, CA. Most shows go on sale Friday, April 5. More dates will be revealed in the coming weeks. See below for full list of tour dates and go to www.yesworld.com/live for ticketing information.
YES is Steve Howe (guitar – joined 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015), with Jay Schellen on additional drums. See quotes below from YES.
Look for YES to perform songs from throughout their storied career, one of rock music’s most prized bodies of work, and their set will honor the memory of YES members Chris Squire and Peter Banks.
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.”
Steve Howe: “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: “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: “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 John Wetton would have wanted.”
June 12th – Bethlehem, PA @ Bethlehem Event Center
June 14th – Farmingdale, NY Long Island @ Community Hospital Amphitheater
June 15th – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
June 16th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 20th – Westchester, NY @ Westchester County Center
June 21st – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
June 22nd – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavillion
June 24th – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
June 25th – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheater
June 27th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
June 29th – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
June 30th – Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park
July 3rd – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
July 5th – Columbus, OH @ Express Live
July 6th – Aurora, IL @ RiverEdge Park
July 8th – Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
July 10th – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
July 12th – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
July 13th – Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
July 18th – St Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
July 20th – Irving, TX @ Toyota Music Factory
July 21st – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
July 24th – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
July 26th – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
July 27th – Irvine, CA @ FivePoints Amphitheatre
July 28th – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
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