Formerly known only by their last names, the trio rebranded itself as
But a bout with asthma forced Anderson to bow out of a planned 2008 tour, ultimately resulting in Yes replacing the singer with Benoît David, who left the band due to illness in 2012 and was replaced by Jon Davison. That Yes counts Davison, along with guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Billy Sherwood, who played in Yes from 1997 to 2000, is playing bass.
“Quintessential Yes: The 50th Anniversary Tour” begins in Warsaw, Poland, June 3 and begins its North America run Aug. 26 with a special show at West Hollywood’s legendary Whisky A Go Go. Yes headlined the Whisky back in 1971.
Joining Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman on the 50th anniversary adventure will be bassist Lee Pomeroy and drummer Louis Molino III.
Fans have been receptive to this flavor of Yes. Boxoffice data submitted to Pollstar shows the band’s 2017 tour included sold-out shows as well as several near-capacity engagements, including a night at Count Basie Theatre that sold 1,545 out of 1,568 tickets and grossed $149,106. Fans grabbed all 1,627 tickets for the group’s show at Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading, Pa., resulting in a $153,446 total gross.
Tickets for most shows on the upcoming tour go on sale April 20. Keep checking Pollstar’s Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman page for further developments.
Pollstar spoke with Trevor Rabin and tour producer Larry Magid in August 2016. Click here for the memory.