When there are two bands that both make use of the name ‘Yes‘, both feature long-term members of the band Yes, and are both performing in separate tours marking the 50th anniversary of the band Yes, you’d be forgiven for allowing yourself to get a little confused.
The ‘official’ version of the band (at least the version that has rights to use the classic Roger Dean logo) features the instantly recognisable guitar playing of Steve Howe and the drumming of Alan White, who also holds the record for the longest tenure of anybody in the band.
The ‘other’ version might not have these attributes, but it does have Rick Wakeman, the most flamboyant of the many keyboard players to have spun in the revolving door of Yes keyboard players over the years, and it has Trevor Rabin, the incredible South African guitarist who shaped the Yes sound in the 1980s and helped give the band their greatest commercial success. Most importantly, it has Jon Anderson, whose imperious Alto Tenor defines the Yes sound. Anderson is Yes, in the same way that Roger Hodgson is Supertramp and Jeff Lynne is ELO. This single fact means that the version of Yes that for contractural reasons must state it features Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman is the version of Yes that I want to see touring in the 50th anniversary year.
The triumvirate of Yes men in Yes Featuring ARW are joined on stage by legendary bass player Lee Pomeroy (Take That touring band and latterly Jeff Lynne’s ELO) and drummer Louis Moleno III who has previously worked with Rabin, Julian Lennon and Bob Erzin amongst others.
Already slated in the headline slot on day two of the Stone Free Festival at The O2 Arena on 17 June, Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman have confirmed two additional UK dates:
Tuesday 12th June – Newcastle City Hall
Wednesday 13th June – York Barbican
Tickets for the shows in Newcastle and York go on sale at 10am on Friday 23rd February. Day tickets for Stone Free Festival are already available. All tickets available from http://myticket.co.uk/ plus usual ticket outlets.