North American prog rock fans should prepare themselves for the newly branded “Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman” which may be coming to a venue near you.
The new moniker on what was formerly Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman has been a long time coming, as Jon Anderson co-founded Yes in 1968 with Chris Squire and has some of the rights to the name.
Yes Featuring ARW is not to be confused with Yes, which we wrote about last week, and features Billy Sherwood, Jon Davison, Steve Howe, Alan White, and Geoff Downes.
About the name change, Anderson said “It’s very simple. … The fans want it, we want it and it’s our right to use the name. Yes music is in our DNA!”
The trio is reportedly recording a new album through the summer, and a DVD of the final show of their European tour at
O2 Manchester Apollo in the U.K. on March 25 will be out later this year. The touring lineup includes Lee Pomeroy playing bass and Louis Molino III holding down the drums.
The band toured the U.S. last year and is heading back again, “due to popular demand.” The shows start Aug. 26 in Stockton, Calif., and continue for more than a month, wrapping in Clearwater, Fla., on Oct. 11.
The next place the band plays is Japan, in a national run lasting April 17-24. Yes featuring ARW also plays Rock Legends Festival in Slupsk, Poland, July 13 and there is one more European stop planned,
O2 Manchester Apollo July 15 in St. Goarhausen, Germany.
Here is the North American plan:
Aug. 26 – Stockton, Calif., Bob Hope Theatre
Aug. 28 – Saratoga, Calif., The Mountain Winery
Aug. 31 – Las Vegas, Nev., The Smith Center For The Performing Arts
Sep. 2 – Layton, Utah, Kenley Amphitheatre
Sep. 3 – Littleton, Colo., Hudson Gardens
Sep. 5 – Kansas City, Mo., Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts
Sep. 7 – Milwaukee, Wisc., Riverside Theatre
Sep. 9 – Hammond, INThe Venue At Horseshoe Casino
Sep. 12 – Kettering, Ohio, Fraze Pavilion For The Perf. Arts
Sep. 13 – Vienna, Va., Filene Center At Wolf Trap
Sep. 15 – Akron, Ohio, Goodyear Theater
Sep. 16 – Toronto, Ontario, Massey Hall
Sep. 18 – Quebec City, Quebec, Grand Theatre
Sep. 19 – Montreal, Quebec, St. Denis Theatre 1
Sep. 23 – Wallingford, Conn., Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Sep. 24 – Brookville, N.Y., Tilles Center For The Perf. Arts
Sep. 27 – Newark, N.J., Prudential Hall
Sep. 29 – Reading, Pa., Santander Performing Arts Center
Sep. 30 – Trenton, N.J., Patriots Theater At The War Memorial
Oct. 1 – Philadelphia, Pa., Verizon Hall
Oct. 4 – Boston, Mass., Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 7 – Niagara Falls, N.Y., Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
Oct. 8 – Red Bank, N.J., Count Basie Theatre
Oct. 11 – Clearwater, Fla., Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tickets to the Saratoga gig go on sale today and the other onsale dates vary pretty widely. The band’s new website is YesFeaturingARW.com.