This summer will be one to cherish for prog-rock fans. On Tuesday, Yes announced the Royal Affair Tour, which will find the iconic band linking up with Asia (with the return of Steve Howe), John Lodge of the Moody Blues and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with vocalist Arthur Brown.
Got all that? OK. It’s a big one.
THE ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR
ASIA with the return of founding member Steve Howe
JOHN LODGE of The Moody Blues
and CARL PALMER’S ELP LEGACY
— YESofficial (@yesofficial) April 2, 2019
Here’s a video about the tour:
YES is Steve Howe (guitar – joined 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015), with Jay Schellen on additional drums.
And here’s more details about the tour, which will be truly special as each act takes the stage every night:
• Asia will play their signature songs and pay tribute to their late founding member John Wetton. A portion of their set will feature original guitarist Steve Howe in a special performance. Asia will also introduce its new line-up featuring guitarist/lead vocalist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and bassist Billy Sherwood.
• John Lodge’s set will encompass his classic hits by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Moody Blues and pay tribute to the band’s recently departed member Ray Thomas.
• Carl Palmer will honor the memory of his fellow Emerson, Lake and Palmer members Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, with vocals by British vocalist Arthur Brown.
• As part of the evening’s British theme, there will be Alan White of YES’ tribute to John Lennon; White was the drummer on Lennon’s solo material including the recording of “Imagine.”
Steve Howe: “Yes is delighted to headline this celebration of British music which has been so warmly received in America over the past five decades.”
Alan White: “I’m looking forward to joining a number of classic British talents that have delighted so many fans over the past half century.”
Geoff Downes: “This is a unique celebration of the British contribution to classic rock over many decades. It will be inspirational to be a part of. And I know it is what John Wetton would have wanted.”
And the initial schedule of dates, with more to be announced:
WED 6/12 Bethlehem, PA Bethlehem Event Center
FRI 6/14 Farmingdale, NY Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater
SAT 6/15 Atlantic City, NJ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
SUN 6/16 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
THU 6/20 Westchester, NY Westchester County Center
FRI 6/21 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
SAT 6/22 Baltimore, MD MECU Pavillion
MON 6/24 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
TUE 6/25 Lewiston, NY Artpark Amphitheater
THU 6/27 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
SAT 6/29 Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavilion
SUN 6/30 Providence, RI Bold Point Park
WED 7/3 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
FRI 7/5 Columbus, OH Express Live
SAT 7/6 Aurora, IL RiverEdge Park
MON 7/8 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry House
WED 7/10 Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
FRI 7/12 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
SAT 7/13 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
THU 7/18 St Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
SAT 7/20 Irving, TX Toyota Music Factory
SUN 7/21 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP
WED 7/24 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
FRI 7/26 Las Vegas, NV The Joint (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
SAT 7/27 Irvine, CA FivePoints Amphitheatre
SUN 7/28 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery