Yes Cancels Tour

Yes has canceled remaining dates for its “Yestival Tour” following the news that Steve Howe’s son, Virgil, died unexpectedly Sept. 11.

Virgil Howe
– Virgil Howe

The band announced the decision via its Facebook page.“Due to the tragic, unexpected death of guitarist Steve Howe’s beloved younger son, Virgil, Yes regrettably announces that the remaining dates of their Yestival Tour have been cancelled. Ticket refunds for the affected tour dates will be available at point of purchase.

Yes – Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood – want to thank all their fans for their support and understanding…”

The show dates were in Moorhead, Minn., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, London, Ontario, Rochester, N.Y., and Huntington, N.Y.

Todd Rundgren was scheduled to open the Moorhead show at

Virgil Howe was drummer for British band Little Barrie, which was scheduled to hit the road for a U.K. tour Sept. 12.

 The band members said via its website, “We can confirm that Little Barrie’s drummer Virgil Howe, acclaimed drumming son of rock figurehead Steve Howe, sadly passed away last night at the age of 41.

 “Virgil’s sudden and unexpected death has come as an incredible shock to his friends and family. His band had been in rehearsals preparing for their UK tour, which was due to start today in Cambridge.  

 “We are heartbroken that we have lost our dear friend and brother Virgil Howe. Our thoughts are with his daughter, family and partner. Please respect their privacy during this difficult time.” – Barrie Cadogan.

 “I am utterly devastated to lose my friend and a positive force in my life.” – Lewis Wharton

Tickets for the tour will be refunded from their point of purchase.”