It is a pretty simple story. Yes is a progressive rock legend with material dating back to the genre’s prime in the early 70’s. Now, over four decades later, Yes is pulling out one of their most astonishing setlists in what is being dubbed the Three Album Tour.
The setlist remains almost identical from one show to the next. The band plays three albums front to back, moving from one album to the next with only a modest break between each release.
The three albums Yes plays in their entirety are:
• The Yes Album
• Close to the Edge • Going for the One
This is an interesting arrangement since it is not the group’s first three albums. The Yes Album from 1971 is not to be confused with their self titled debut from 1969. Close to the Edge is considered a fan favorite as well as one of their most popular albums sales wise. That release was a few years after The Yes Album. The last album played in whole is a few years later; 1977’s Going for the One. It is an odd choice, though it features the riveting and astounding closer “Awaken” which is over 15 minutes in length.
The band closes many shows with an encore performance of “Roundabout” from their 1971 release, Fragile. This divides the setlist into three obvious portions.
Though the setlist looks rather short, it is worth noting that many of these songs go on for well over 6 minutes, which is a progressive rock staple.
Close to the Edge
And You and I
Going for the One
Turn of the Century
Yours Is No Disgrace
I’ve Seen All Good People
How long is a Yes concert?
It is a perfect question considering the fact that Yes is slamming three entire albums into the setlist, let alone the masterfully epic closer “Roundabout”. Each record comes to about 30-40 minutes, making the total studio setlist length about two hours. The band does not stop and talk very often, which helps keep the pacing. Though the break between each album is substantial, and helps boost the total show time. Yes concerts tend to be about three hours in length after it is all said and done.
Who is Yes’ publicist and press contact?
The band is involved with FutureBeat. They are a media and touring promotion company. All questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Yes’ tour?
The band’s official website at yesworld.com is a constantly updated resource for all things related to the band. There are specific onsales and presales available through the band’s fan club. Fans can also opt for the special packages, including meet and greet sign ups and VIP packages for any date on the tour.
The packages include a premium ticket for the first five rows, exclusive merchandise, autograph and picture signing, an exclusive tour shirt, and a laminate.
“The good news was that Yes showed that more than 40 years later it’s still capable of playing the material…Guitarist Steve Howe and bassist Chris Squire in particular remain as deft and nimble as ever on their instruments, while keyboardist Geoff Downes ably covered the parts Rick Wakeman created and singer Jon Davison, who joined Yes last year, proved a more convincing Jon Anderson stand-in than his immediate predecessor, Benoit David, right down to his New Agey stage presence.” – Gary Graff of The Oakland Press
“You could arguably have stayed home, dusted off your old vinyl platters of Close To The Edge (1972), Going For The One (1977) and, to wrap, The Yes Album (1971), sparked a fat one for old times’ sake, and you would have heard almost note for note the same music you heard at the Queen E. What you wouldn’t have experienced, however, was to see the current lineup show off their skills and parade an array of vintage instruments that made the many gearheads in the room drool with envy.” – Francois Marchand of the Vancouver Sun
“Yes is a dinosaur band that has been reborn. Now all they need is some good new material so they don’t become a nostalgia act. Hearing Close to the Edge, Going for the One and The Yes Album in sequence made you realize just how glorious this band was and can be.”- John Dilberto of WXPN Music
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