Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman To Tour

Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman will travel under the moniker Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman when the three Yes veterans embark on a U.S. tour beginning in October.
(left to right) Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin.

That sudden feeling of déjà vu is probably due to a flashback to the late ’80s / early ’90s when Anderson, along with Bill Bruford, Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman toured and recorded under the name Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe.  However, this configuration is one name shorter and can be abbreviated as ARW.

Anderson founded Yes with the recently departed Chris Squire in 1968, but hasn’t toured or recorded with the band since asthma forced him to bow out of a 2008 outing.

Rick Wakeman’s original run with Yes began with the band’s 1971 Fragile album and included 1972’s Close To The Edge and 1973’s Tales From Topographic Oceans as well as the live Yessongs LP.  He returned to the band for 1977’s Going For The One but left once again following 1978’s Tormato

Guitarist / singer Rabin entered the Yes world when Squire, drummer Alan White and original Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye were trying to get Squire’s Cinema off of the ground.  But Cinema transformed into Yes when Anderson recorded the lead vocals for the 90125 album.

“To be able to sing and perform with Rick and Trevor at this time in my life is a treasure beyond words,” Anderson said.  “I’m so excited to create new music and revisit some of the classic work we created many years ago, it’s going to be a musical adventure on so many new levels.”

“Trevor and I have wanted to play Yes music together since the “Union Tour,” Wakeman said.  “And as for so many of us, there is no Yes music without Jon.  The ‘Holy Trinity of Yes’ is for me, very much a dream come true.”

The three musicians are currently recording new music.  While North American dates are the first to be released, fans can expect the trio to tour the rest of the world in 2017.   The adventure is being produced by concert promoter / Live 8 producer Larry Magid.  Here’s the plan (so far):

Oct. 4 – Orlando, Fla., Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live
Oct. 6 – Hollywood, Fla., Seminole Casino Hollywood
Oct. 7 – Clearwater, Fla.,Ruth Eckerd Hall
Oct. 9 – Durham, N.C., Durham Performing Arts Center
Oct. 10 – Atlanta, Ga., Fox Theatre
Oct. 15 – Glenside, Pa., Keswick Theatre
Oct. 16 – Glenside, Pa., Keswick Theatre
Oct. 19 – Boston, Mass., Wang Theatre – Citi Performing Arts Center
Oct. 21 – Wallingford, Conn., Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Oct. 22 – Huntington, N.Y., The Paramount
Oct. 24 – Montclair, N.J., The Wellmont Theater
Oct. 26 – Red Bank, N.J., Count Basie Theatre
Oct. 28 – Atlantic City, N.J., Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Event Ctr.
Oct. 29 – Akron, Ohio, Goodyear Theater
Nov. 1 – New York, N.Y., Beacon Theatre
Nov. 2 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Heinz Hall For The Performing Arts
Nov. 4 – New Buffalo, Mich., Four Winds Casino
Nov. 5 – Chicago, Ill., Chicago Theatre
Nov. 7 – Nashville, Tenn., Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Nov. 9 – St. Louis, Mo., Fabulous Fox Theatre
Nov. 11 – New Orleans, La., Saenger Theatre
Nov. 12 – San Antonio, Texas, Majestic Theatre
Nov. 14 – Austin, Texas, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
Nov. 16 – Denver, Colo., Paramount Theatre
Nov. 17 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Capitol Theatre
Nov. 19 – Las Vegas, Nev., Pearl Concert Theater
Nov. 20 – Phoenix, Ariz., Celebrity Theatre
Nov. 22 – Los Angeles, Calif., Orpheum Theatre
Nov. 25 – San Francisco, Calif., SF Masonic 

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