Yes Announce Auckland Show

Yes Announce Auckland Show

Monday 28th November, 2011 9:43AM

Original prog-rockers Yes have announced a one off Auckland show next April. Considered pioneers of the genre, Yes formed in the late 60s and released music throughout the following decades culminating in their twentieth album Fly From Here released earlier this year.

Sunday 1st April 2012 - Vector Arena
TICKETS ON SALE Thursday 1st December

More info below, here's some tracks and videos....

Here's part one of their 1972 album Close to The Edge:

And here's the instrumental ambient intro to their 1973 release Tales from Topographic Oceans.

And their biggest commercial hit, "Owner of A Lonely Heart" released in 1982.

Press Release:

Grammy Award winning prog-rock group YES will perform in New Zealand for the first time in one show only on 1 April 2012 at Vector Arena, Auckland.

Formed in London in 1968 YES are regarded as one of the pioneers of the progressive genre. They are known for their classically-influenced arrangements with extended song lengths, unusual time signatures, virtuoso musicianship, eclectic blend of musical styles, dramatic dynamic and metrical changes, abstract lyrics, elaborate album art and live stage performances.

YES have sold close to 50 million albums worldwide and their number one hit single Owner of a Lonely Heart, not only held the top spot on the main charts in 1983, it also become a hit on the R&B and disco charts! During the 1970s they were one of the most successful bands in America, releasing seven albums of which four were certified Platinum and three reached Gold status.

No less than 16 musicians have been a part of the band's line-up and its current form is comprised of singer Benot David, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes.

Following a four-year hiatus YES re-started in 2008 and this year (2011) released a new album titled Fly From Here produced by legendary musician and producer Trevor Horn (Horn was at one stage a singer for YES and went on to form avant-garde synth-pop group Art of Noise. His production credits include Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Cher, Grace Jones, Seal, Tina Turner, Pet Shop Boys, Simple Minds, Mike Oldfield, Marc Almond, and Belle & Sebastian).

More than 40 years since their inception and for the very first time, NZ audiences will be able to see YES perform tracks from their indelible catalogue of hugely successful hit albums, such as Fragile (1971), Close To The Edge (1972), Drama (1980), 90125 (named after the 1983 catalogue number) and Big Generator (1987).

Sunday 1st April 2012 - Vector Arena
TICKETS ON SALE Thursday 1st December

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Posted by The Riverboat Captain 4 years ago
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Not sure I can recognize that line up other than Chris Squires.
Posted by SkahaSean - anonymous 4 years ago
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Well, the singer pictured, Benoit David, is no longer with the band! New singer for our Kiwi friends is Jon Davison, formerly of the band Glass Hammer. I passed on seeing Yes with B. David, but might see this version, as Jon Davison is a better vocalist.
Posted by Chuck in Chicago - anonymous 4 years ago

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