Yes To Perform Three Full Albums During 2013 Tour

In a career first, YES will perform three of their classic albums in their entirety, all in one concert, on a special tour in 2013.

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The band will feature 1971's "The Yes Album", 1972's "Close To The Edge" and 1977's "Going For The One" performed from beginning to end.

The multi-platinum progressive rock band - bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and singer Jon Davison - will kick off the North American tour March 1 and conclude April 12 in Detroit.

The tour will mark the first time since 1973 that YES - who have sold close to 50 million albums worldwide - have performed an album onstage in its entirety.

"These albums we all easily agreed on - they are complete works in themselves," says Howe, adding that several of the songs have rarely been performed live.

"I believe the only song not performed in concert is 'A Venture' from 'The Yes Album'," adds Squire. "And probably the most tricky of all the songs planned for this set is 'Turn Of The Century' from the 'Going For The One' album."

"The Yes Album" is widely considered to be the band's breakthrough. Certified platinum, it features such signature songs as "Yours Is No Disgrace" and "I've Seen All Good People". The band's album "Close To The Edge" was on the U.S. chart for 32 weeks, peaking at No. 3. "Going For The One" went gold, hit No. 8 on the U.S. chart and featured two singles, "Wonderous Stories" (which hit No. 6) and the title track (No. 24), HenneMusic reports.

"I think the 12-inch album is alive and well as reinforced by the rising interest in the analog format," says Squire when asked about the album format in the singles-driven digital age. The album, says Howe, "has never totally gone away - there are those who completely understand."

YES North American tour 2013:

03/01 - West Wendover, NV - Peppermill Concert Hall * 03/03 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre 03/05 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield 03/06 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre 03/08 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Theater (at Pechanga Casino) 03/09 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Casino * 03/14 - Omaha, NE - Holland Performing Arts Center 03/16 - Hammond, IN - The Venue at Horseshoe Casino 03/17 - Louisville, KY - Palace Theatre 03/18 - Kansas City, MO - The Midland by AMC 03/20 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater 03/21 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre 03/22 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Live - Biloxi * 03/24 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena * 03/30 - Melbourne, FL - Maxwell C. King Center for the Perf. Arts 04/02 - Clearwater, FL - Ruck Eckerd Hall 04/05 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand at Foxwoods * 04/06 - Hampton, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 04/07 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center 04/09 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre 04/11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall 04/12 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre

* - YES will only perform two albums - "The Yes Album" and "Close To The Edge" - for shows at casinos due to the time constrictions of events held there.

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    Too bad it's not YES without JON ANDERSON, original and greatest lead singer of Yes. I won't be seeing Yes until they bring back Jon Anderson.
    I've seen Yes live a few years ago and was disappointed, this was a band you really had to see in their prime for the full experience, unfortunately I don't own a time machine.
    Not much Midwest action. I don't think I'll ever see this band before they call it quits. What a shame.
    Damn! why couldn't they get bill bruford, Rick wakeman or john anderson? or do fragile?