After years of watching less talented and less accomplished bands enter the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, Yes will take its rightful spot among the greatest musicians of the last 60 years in April. Before that happens, however, the band is putting the final touches on a brief tour throughout the South and the Southeast that will see them playing the Mahaffey Theater in St, Petersburg on Saturday, Feb. 11, and at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre on Sunday, Feb. 12.
Alan White is expected to take his place behind the drum kit when the band hits Florida after having missed the band’s summer tour due to back surgery and will be joined by longtime members Steve Howe and Geoff Downes, along with Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood.
The mini tour is part of their Album Series, so the band will play 1980’s Drama in its entirety, along with sides 1 and 4 from 1973’s Tales from Topographic Oceans, which really just consists of the songs “The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)” and “Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil).”
Rather peculiar choices for sure, as the band plays the first album made without former singer Jon
Anderson and then plays several songs from one of the albums that has Anderson’s fingerprints all over it, but when you’ve been around for nearly 50 years you can pretty much do things the way you want to.
The band did play the two Tales from Topographic Oceans songs during their summer tour and they were well-received.
Musically, the band may not be at its peak, which is to be expected when you’re pushing 70 as Howe is, but they’re still solid all the way around. A little time off may have been good for White, who has always been one of rock music’s most underrated drummers. Downes is a solid replacement for the talented Wakeman on keyboards and has a long history with the band, having first stepped into Yes in 1980 for the recording of Drama and then again in 2006. One of the founding members of Asia, Downes is a definite plus to the band.
Yes is known for giving fans their money’s worth, which typically means playing several hours. In addition to the two albums listed, you can expect a good range of the band’s classic hits, such as I’ve
Seen All Good People, Owner of a Broken Heart and Roundabout. The only problem is they won’t be able to play everything that people want to hear, but it isn’t their fault they’ve put out good music for nearly half a century.
If you like Yes, you won’t be disappointed with the current band and it’s well worth the drive to see them. You never know when they will decide the current tour is their last, as like all of us, they’re not getting any younger.