Yes 40th Anniversary Tour


Jon Anderson by Tony Stack
Musical pioneers Yes have announced 2008 tour dates to take place this summer. Marking the first national tour for the band in over five years, the 26 date "Close to the Edge and Back" tour will bring the iconic band's virtuosic musicianship and exhilarating live shows to amphitheatres and arenas across North America. The tour will kick off July 12th in Quebec City and wrap-up on August 22nd in Los Angeles.

"It feels incredible to gear up and get ready for the road," says Yes frontman Jon Anderson. "We're all very excited to play to all of our fans, a lot of which have been with us for almost 40 years. A lot of marriages don't even last that long."

The line up for this tour includes founding members Jon Anderson and Chris Squire joined by Steve Howe, Alan White and Oliver Wakeman, son of former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman.

"VH1 Classic Presents: Your Move with Yes" in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary Yes tour. Launching in early April on, VH1 Classic and Yes will be looking for talented aspiring rock performers to join the band on stage. The winner will be invited to join Jon Anderson in performing "Give Love Each Day" from the album Magnification. Users will upload a 2-5 minute video of themselves performing an original rock song or piece of music. Submissions will be reviewed, and a panel of VH1 Classic judges and Jon Anderson will select three finalists. The audience will vote for the winner. Videos submitted and chosen as finalists will also be used in on-air promotional spots during the voting period. Additional details about the contest will be announced in early April.

North America 2008
July 12: Quebec City, QUE - Quebec City Festival
July 13: Toronto, ONT - Molson Amphitheatre
July 15: Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
July 16: Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium & Star Pavilion
July 18: Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 19: Detroit, MI - Freedom Hill
July 22: Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
July 23: Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
July 25: Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Event Center
July 26: Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 28: Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
July 29: Baltimore, MD - Pier 6 Pavilion
July 31: Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
Aug 1: Miami, FL - Hard Rock Live Arena
Aug 2: Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Aug 4: Atlanta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
Aug 6: Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
Aug 8: Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 9: Dallas, TX - Center
Aug 11: Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Aug 14: Vancouver, BC - General Motors Place
Aug 15: Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater at Qwest Field Events Center
Aug 19: Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
Aug 20: Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
Aug 22: Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre

Check out the JamBase interview with Jon Anderson conducted before Yes' 35th anniversary tour.

[Published on: 3/22/08]

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moist-deluxe starstarstarstar Sat 3/22/2008 09:10PM
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I'm a huge fan of there first three albums, but man did they sell out in the 80's...

DubSaw Sun 3/23/2008 09:35AM
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ahh!!! yes rules!!!!!!!!!!

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/23/2008 12:27PM
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There's a shelter in the middle of the Roundabout.

bobertjohnson starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/23/2008 12:56PM
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Nice! I'm there.

fydo1974 starstarstarstar Sun 3/23/2008 01:58PM
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I'm bummed to hear that Rick Wakeman won't be participating in this tour, but it should still be pretty cool.

Flat5 Sun 3/23/2008 08:43PM
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huh huh youre old...huh huh

kirkbrew Mon 3/24/2008 08:47AM
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I saw them 5 or 6 years ago with Rick Wakeman on keyboards. Everything that they played was Wakeman era stuff. It was OK.

The worst part was that they dressed up like they were Spinal Tap. Capes, spandex, all sorts of glitter… I was embarrassed for them. 60 year old men in capes and spandex.

Steve Howe on guitar is amazing. He blew me away.

psogator43 Mon 3/24/2008 03:37PM
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atlanta anyone?

hippyjessica Tue 3/25/2008 10:14AM
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What about Atlanta? Do you mean Alpharetta? Encore Park is not in the ATL.

psogator43 Wed 3/26/2008 07:24PM
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just reading what it says on the tour listing...

rockfan49 Mon 5/5/2008 09:31AM
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Go to and submit your video now!  You can win a chance to play live on stage with Jon Anderson from Yes during their 40th Anniversary Summer tour!