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Thu
04
Aug

CIRCA - Valley Of The Windmill (Review)

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Produced By: 
Circa
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Progressive Rock
Score: 
75
Label: 
Frontiers
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I’m not a fan of Yes. Never have been. Well maybe parts of 90125 and Big Generator, but otherwise no. Just not my thing. However, you cannot fault the musicianship or the song writing credibility of a band that has delivered for fans for over 40 years.
Circa is formed by current Yes member Alan White (drums), former Yes member Tony Kaye (Hammond, keyboards), current Yes member Billy Sherwood (bass, vocals), and guitarist Jimmy Haun, who played on the Yes album Union.
 
So match that information with the fact the album features just 4 songs and you should know exactly what you’re getting here.
Some quite brilliant instrumentation and some very Yes friendly higher pitch vocals layered over heavily progressive and innovative rock music.
The shortest track is 7 minutes and the longest is 18.
 
Ok, so it’s not my thing and it clearly is an album that will only appeal to progressive rock fans and Yes devotees, so my opinion isn’t going to mean much in the scheme of things.
What I can say is that it’s recorded nicely. Production is solid and the album is mixed with a nice balance of vocals and instrumentation with a musical bed that’s pretty light, certainly not a hard rock affair.

This review is more or less to advise the curious as to what’s on offer here and keep AOR and hard rock fans away from it. Yes alumni – you guys should eat this up if you have the time to devote to getting to know the inner workings of the songs.
 
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Thu
05
May

CIRCA Return With 'Valley Of The Windmill' July 8

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the new album from progressive rockers CIRCA: “Valley of the Windmill”, which will be released on July 8th. The album is available for pre-order from both Amazon.comhttp://radi.al/CircaAmazon and iTunes:http://radi.al/CircaiTunes
CIRCA: is a progressive rock band formed by veteran musicians Tony Kaye (original Yes (official) keyboard and organ player) and Billy Sherwood (who took Chris Squire’s place in YES after his untimely passing in 2015 and who also previously served time in the progressive rock legends) and also features Ricky Tierney on bass and Scott Connor on drums.
CIRCA: was originally formed in 2007 by Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood. The band’s self-titled debut features YES drummer Alan White and Jimmy Haun on guitar. The follow-up, "CIRCA: Live" a special DVD set, archived the band's first ever live performance.
In 2009, “CIRCA: HQ" was released with Jay Schellen on drums, followed by the release of “CIRCA: Overflow" a collection of bonus material from the first and second recording sessions, available only as a digital download.
"Valley of the Windmill" the new album, includes several extended length songs, and can be described as "super proggy" with influences ranging from classic Yes and Gentle Giant - Band, to Porcupine Tree and latter-day Marillion. An absolute must for all Prog Rock fans!
“It's very exciting to know there's a new CIRCA record coming out… We've been working long and hard on it and now we look forward to share it with everyone else,” says Billy Sherwood of “Valley of the Windmill”.
Sherwood’s latest solo record, entitled “Citizen”, was released in November of 2015 via Frontiers Music Srl. The album features several past and present YES members, including the last ever recorded performance from Chris Squire, as well as Steve MorseJordan Rudess,Alan ParsonsSteve Hackett and more.
“Valley of the Windmill” Track Listing:
1. Silent Resolve
2. Empire Over
3. Valley Of The Windmill
4. Our Place Under The Sun
CIRCA:
Billy Sherwood: Vocals and Guitars 
Tony Kaye: Keyboards and Hammond
Scott Connor: Drums and Percussion
Rick Tierney: Bass
 
 
 
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Mon
11
Apr

YES to Tour 'Drama' and 'Fragile' Albums in Europe

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YES TO TOUR FRAGILE AND DRAMA

IN UK AND EUROPE IN APRIL

 
Seminal prog pioneers YES hit the road for an extensive UK and European tour at the end of this month…. April 2016. The band will be performing 1971’s ‘Fragile’ and 1980’s ‘Drama’ in their entirety, the latter for the very first time, plus other seminal tracks including ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ and ‘Starship Trooper’.

 
Warners has recently released all of their catalogue YES albums Mastered For iTunes.  These include The Yes Album, Fragile, Going For The One, Time and a Word, Yes, 90125, Tales From  Topographic Oceans and Drama. You can buy them from http://geni.us/YESMFiT.   They will also re-release Drama on Vinyl LP on 22nd April.  The Vinyl LP of Fragile will follow shortly after that.

 
‘Most of the songs haven’t been performed in some 30 years’ - said Steve Howe. ‘Fragile and Drama mark two essential chapters of our career and we’re looking forward to share the whole journeys with our fans throughout Europe’. ‘Reliving those years will be very emotional’ - adds drummer Alan White - ‘I know Chris would have loved to be here with us for this’.

 
YES has recently lost bassist and co-founder Chris Squire, a tragedy that left the prog world in mourning. His replacement Billy Sherwood found a big pair of shoes to fill, as YES set out to honour his memory by keeping the band’s legacy alive. The band recently toured the US tour with fellow prog legends Toto to an enthusiastic reception.

 
YES was founded by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson in 1968. Characterized by a unique, prog symphonic style of rock music, lengthy compositions and the use of mystical and cosmic lyrics, the band found success in 1971 with two of the band’s most celebrated records, ‘The YES Album’ and ‘Fragile’. The band went on to record 21 albums and win several prestigious awards including Grammys.  Yes is recognized as one of the most influential icons in prog rock.

 
Still as relevant today as they were in the 70s, YES has maintained a loyal following while constantly attracting new crowds of music fans throughout 47 years of outstanding career. With ‘Fragile’ and ‘Drama’ representing two essential moments of the band’s history, it will be an opportunity for all to rediscover some undisputed gems of the genre.

 
Dates as follows:

 
DATE                     CITY                                                      VENUE                                

 
April 

Wed 27th             Glasgow                              Royal Concert Hall                         

Fri    29th               Newcastle                          City Hall                                              

Sat   30th               Manchester                      Apollo                                                 

 
May

Mon  2nd              Liverpool                            Philharmonic                                   

Tue  3rd                Sheffield                             City Hall                                              

Wed 4th                Bristol                                  Colston Hall                                      

Fri    6th                  Birmingham                       Symphony Hall                                

Sat   7th                  Brighton                              Brighton Centre                             

Mon  9th               Oxford *                             New Theatre                                   

Tue  10th              London**                          Royal Albert Hall                             

 
Dates for rest of EUROPE

 
13th                        Paris      FRANCE               Olympia

14th                        Brussels BELGIUM          Ancienne Belgique 

15th                        Utrecht NETHERLANDS Tivolivredenburg

17th                        Hamburg GERMANY      Mehr Theater 

19th                        Frankfurt Germany      Alte Oper

20th                        Leipzig Germany           Haus Avensee 

21st                        Berlin Germany             Admiralspalast 

23rd                        Bonn Germany              Beethovenhalle

24th                        Stuttgart Germany       Hegelsaal

25th                                    Munich Germany         Cirkus Krone

27th                                    Zurich SWITZERLAND     Volkshaus

28th                                    Milan Italy                        Teatro Nazionale

29th                        Padova Italy                    Gran Teatro Geox

31st                                     Florence Italy                 Obihall

June

1st                           Rome Italy                       Teatro Olimpico

 

UK Tickets are £39 for all venues except London.  Oxford* £39 + £1.25 venue restoration levy.

London** £55 (boxes), £48.50, £45, £38              

Tickets are available from 24hour Ticket Hotline: 0844 338 0000 and Online from BookingsDirect.com.  Showtime is 7.30pm.  Tickets and VIP upgrades are also available from

 
yesworld.com

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Wed
11
Nov

BILLY SHERWOOD - Citizen (Review)

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content: 
78%
Produced By: 
Billy Sherwood
Running Time: 
69
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Progressive/Pop-Rock
Score: 
78
Label: 
Frontiers
 
Progster Billy Sherwood has a decades long resume longer as a producer than a recording artist, but on this self-penned new concept album, he well and truly takes center stage.
As the current bass player in Yes (handpicked by original founding member Chris Squire before his untimely death), he is obviously operating in an environment favorable to experimentation and complex musicianship.
Not to mention calling up a long list of high profile friends such as Chris Squire (his final bass performance), Tony Kaye, Steve Hackett, Geoff Downes, Colin Moulding, Steve Morse, Jerry Goodman, Alan Parsons, Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz, Jon Davison, Jordan Rudess and John Wesley.
Despite all the guests, Billy is front and center for most of this album, taking over all instrumental duties several times. He also handles vocals on all but three tracks.
 
This is a very specific album. It has headline appeal to progressive/synth pop fans, but only byline appeal to others. The premise is just as complex as the music – the songs describe “the individual experiences through his own eyes: a conscript legionnaire in the Roman Army at the end of the Empire. A trench runner in WW1. A friend to Galileo, as he discovers the Earth is not flat. A distraught Wall Street man stepping out onto the ledge... a casualty of the great depression. Assistant to Charles Darwin as he discovers his Theory. A member of the tribe during the trail of tears. Reborn as Nostradamus... written in the Centuries.”
Interesting.
 
When the opening track is an orchestrated 6 minute mostly instrumental number, you know immediately what kind of record is happening here.
There are some almost AOR moments such as the catchy Man & The Machine; the Colin Moulding sung Just Galileo And Me; A Theory All Its Own has a certain Neal Schon solo guitar feel to it and Yes’ Jon Davison sings the faster moving closing track Written In The CenturiesIn around those tracks it’s pretty slow going and definitely not for anyone with ADD. 70 minutes of mostly slow moving, long panoramic songs in the vein of Peter Gabriel and Marillion, with hints of Yes and Alan Parsons Project.

I’m convinced the album has been remixed before getting pressed, as my original promo audio was a sonic mess. I’m pleased to say this sounds a lot better and while it is still somewhat treble-heavy, it suits the ambience of the material.
Not a record for the majority I would think, but for the prog fans out there (of which there are many), this album certainly is creative and intelligent enough to warrant thorough investigation.

 

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Thu
05
Nov

Prog Icon BILLY SHERWOOD Releases 'Divided by One' and Career Retrospective 'Collection' OUT NOW!

 
London, UK - Prog icon BILLY SHERWOOD, best known for his work with YES and CIRCA:, has now released his studio album DIVIDED BY ONE and a compilation called COLLECTION both OUT NOW!

These two CDs are available through all mainstream retailers and digital platforms (Amazon and iTunes etc) or alternatively there is a special offer including a signed postcard ONLY available directly from www.billysherwoodcollection.com

Says Billy, “I'm very excited to finally have 'Divided By One', my 7th solo release come out on CD. I'm proud of the record and look forward to getting it out there, I had many requests to release it on CD as it was only for download till now.”

BILLY SHERWOOD is the current bass player in the band YES is touring with the band throughout 2015. Billy Sherwood was a key part of the line-ups which created the YES albums OPEN YOUR EYES and THE LADDER. He recently mixed the band's HEAVEN AND EARTH album and 2 subsequent DVDs.

DIVIDED BY ONE is Sherwood's seventh solo album and this edition through Cherry Red is its first release on CD. This CD release will be eagerly greeted by YES fans especially in light on Sherwood's recent return to the band in mid-2015.

Tracks include:
1. On Impact
2. The Scene Comes Alive
3. No Stone Unturned
4. Between Us
5. Divided By One
6. Sequence Of Events
7. Sphere Of Influence
8. Here For You
9. Constellation Codex
10. End Of An Era

COLLECTION is the ideal introduction to Billy Sherwood's solo career and includes TWO EXCLUSIVE TRACKS. This edition through Cherry Red is its first release on CD.

Says Billy, “I'm happy to announce the release of 'Collection', it's made up of tracks from each of my previous solo records. In addition to that there are 2 bonus tracks, one is a new yet unreleased solo track and the other is a cover I did of Sting's song 'I Hung My Head'”

Tracks include:
1. Drone Decipher
2. Seeing Through The Walls
3. Call
4. On Impact
5. Dying Breed
6. The Recurring Dream
7. What Was The Question?
8. I Hung My Head*
9. Dark To Light*
(* Previously unreleased)


DIVIDED BY ONE:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/d8S
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/40Zu
iTunes: http://geni.us/3gTi

COLLECTION:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/sBx
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/45b
iTunes: http://geni.us/Czr

For more information: www.billysherwoodcollection.com

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Wed
14
Oct

BILLY SHERWOOD - “Just Galileo And Me” (feat. Colin Moulding of XTC)

 
BILLY SHERWOOD'S NEW SINGLE, 'JUST GALILEO AND ME' FEATURES XTC's COLIN MOULDING

 
Frontiers Music Srl has released the single, 'Just Galileo And Me' from Billy Sherwood's upcoming concept album, CITIZEN. Release date of the album is November 6th. The song features XTC's Colin Moulding on lead vocals.

 

"Just Galileo And Me" is about Galileo's friend and confidante trying to convince the scientist to keep his theory that 'the earth is not flat', which is also the song's hook, to himself for fear he'll be labeled a heretic.The friend does acknowledge the scientist's conviction, and the lyrics show how he knew that  'eventually they would see.'
 
CITIZEN will be in stores and online November 6th.  Billy Sherwood created this concept album based on a lost soul that is reincarnated into various periods of history. Each song places the Citizen into a unique set of circumstances where decisions are made that have serious personal and global consequences.
 
Fans can pre-order the album on Amazon at : http://radi.al/BillySherwoodAmazon and on iTunes: http://radi.al/BillySherwoodiTunes All digital pre-orders include instant downloads of "No Man's Land" and "Just Galileo And Me".
 
Billy Sherwood was recently handpicked by Chris Squire to fill in for him on bass and vocals in Yes, before he left for cancer treatment and ultimately, his untimely death. Billy started his career in the band Lodgic and then as a member of World Trade, who have two critically-acclaimed albums. He has produced and engineered for many artists including John Wetton, Motorhead, Queensryche, Paul Rodgers, and Yes. He joined Yes first as touring member on the 'Talk' tour in 1994, and was a full time member from 1997 to 1999. He recorded two albums with Chris Squire as the 'Conspiracy' project and released six albums with Circa, the band he formed with Tony Kaye. 
 
CITIZEN is Billy's eighth album of new material, though he sees this as a group effort, "While I've created a lot of this record myself I couldn't have done it without the amazing talents brought to bear by all the great artists who participated. So I feel it's much more of a collective effort than a solo album. It's my desire to take this production onto the stage and some of these amazing artists can help bring this concept to life.'
 
CITIZEN EPK   youtu.be/0t2xBIRHW7I
BillySherwoodHQ.com
Facebook.com/BillySherwoodMusic

 

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Wed
07
Oct

BILLY SHERWOOD'S Launches New Music Video "No Man's Land"

 
Singer/songwriter/bassist/multi-instrumentalist releasing music video exactly one month in advance of upcoming album, CITIZEN
  
Billy Sherwood has unveiled the first single and music video, 'No Man's Land,' from his album, CITIZEN via Frontiers Music Srl's Facebook page as well as his own. It can be viewed at this link: https://youtu.be/bp4hLAonqUo. The video and the song, which features Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/Kansas guitarist Steve Morse are about a World War I runner, someone who runs from trench to trench where his fellow soldiers are fighting, to pass messages from their leaders'the generals who are giving orders from behind friendly lines.

 
 
In 'No Man's Land,' the Runner sees his buddies die, and, as the video progresses, seems to be walking more and more in a daze. Billy says, 'You get the idea that he's the only guy who walked away from the battle.'

Billy used three distinct sources for footage in 'No Man's Land': 1) archival footage from World War I, 2) a cameraman taping him up-close and facing front in a brightly-lit room, 3) modern day footage of a tall and powerful looking young man being the runner. 'That is David Hussey,' explains Billy. 'He's in the prog band XNA which I produced/recorded. We shot the footage in the desert behind my house.'

The video is directed by Devin DeHaven, and it reflects on war'the losses, pain, and darkness. 

'No Man's Land' appears on Billy's upcoming album, CITIZEN, which is being released on November 6, 2015 by Frontiers Music Srl.  All digital pre-orders of CITIZEN include an instant download of 'No Man's Land." Here are the pre-order links.:
Amazon: http://radi.al/BillySherwoodAmazon
iTunes: http://radi.al/BillySherwoodiTunes
 
Billy Sherwood created CITIZEN, a concept album based on a lost soul that is reincarnated into various periods of history. "I was inspired by the notion that General Patton believed he was reincarnated on various battlefields through time; I wanted to take that concept even further." As the songwriter/producer, Billy placed the citizen character into significant moments of history.
 
A who's who of the prog world appears on the album:

* Guitarists Steve Morse and Genesis' Steve Hackett contribute some amazing fret work.
* Both Alan Parsons and XTC's Colin Moulding sing on the CITIZEN album.
* Keyboardist Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) and violinist Jerry Goodman (the Flock, Dixie Dregs, Mahavishnu Orchestra) are also on the album.
 * Billy's Yes friends: all these keyboardists: Tony Kaye, Geoff Downes, Rick Wakeman and Patrick Moraz, plus current singer Jon Davison, and Billy's mentor the late Chris Squire.

Chris Squire handpicked Billy to fill in for him on bass and vocals in Yes, before he left for cancer treatment and ultimately, his recent passing. Billy started his career in the band Lodgic and then as a member of World Trade, who have two critically-acclaimed albums. He has produced and engineered for many artists including John Wetton, Motorhead, Queensryche, Paul Rodgers, and Yes. He joined Yes first as touring member on the 'Talk' tour in 1994, and was a full time member from 1997 to 1999. He recorded two albums with Chris Squire as the 'Conspiracy' project and released six albums with Circa, the band he formed with Tony Kaye. 

CITIZEN is Billy's eighth album of new material, though he sees this as a group effort, "While I've created a lot of this record myself I couldn't have done it without the amazing talents brought to bear by all the great artists who participated. So I feel it's much more of a collective effort than a solo album. It's my desire to take this production onto the stage and some of these amazing artists can help bring this concept to life.'

Amazon pre-order link: http://radi.al/BillySherwoodAmazon
iTunes pre-order link: http://radi.al/BillySherwoodiTunes
 
CITIZEN EPK   youtu.be/0t2xBIRHW7I
BillySherwood.com
Facebook.com/BillySherwoodMusic

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Thu
10
Sep

BILLY SHERWOOD Unveils New Solo Project 'Citizen' Out Nov 6

NEW YES BASS PLAYER BILLY SHERWOOD TO RELEASE A CONCEPT ALBUM “CITIZEN”
FEATURING THE CREAM OF THE PROG ROCK SCENE
OUT ON FRONTIERS IN NOVEMBER
 
On November 6, 2015, Frontiers Music Srl will release Billy Sherwood's latest, a concept album called CITIZEN.
 
Billy Sherwood created this concept album based on a lost soul that is reincarnated into various periods of history. "I was inspired by the notion that General Patton believed he was reincarnated on various battlefields through time; I wanted to take that concept even further." As the songwriter/producer, Billy placed the citizen character into significant moments of history. 
The lead off track is called “The Citizen" which sets the stage for what's to come on the recording. “The Citizen” features Billy's longtime friends and members of the legendary Progressive Rock band Yes: bassist Chris Squire and former Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye.
 
Each song places the Citizen into a unique set of circumstances where decisions are made that have serious personal and global consequences. In the song “No Man's Land" (featuring Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/Kansas guitarist Steve Morse) the Citizen appears as a World War I trench runner who passes the message along to the troops that it's time to attack; the Citizen remains behind and is, ultimately, the only survivor. “Empire" (with lead vocals by Alan Parsons & violin from Jerry Goodman of the Flock, Dixie Dregs, Mahavishnu Orchestra) finds the Citizen as a conscript legionnaire in the final days of the Roman Empire. “Just Galileo and Me" (sung by Colin Moulding singer/bassist of XTC) shows the Citizen as a protective friend to Galileo, trying to tell the astronomer that he should not tell people that the earth is not flat or he will be labeled as a heretic. 
 
Known as a multi-instrumentalist, Billy performs drums, bass, guitar, keys and sings several of the songs, including “A Theory of its Own” in which the Citizen appears as companion to Charles Darwin on the evolutionist’s maiden voyage. He sings of Native Americans affected by the Indian Removal Act of 1830 in the song, “Trail of Tears,” which features Patrick Moraz on keyboards. Former Genesis guitar player Steve Hackett adds his chops to “Man And The Machine,” which is about an assembly line worker and activist in the late 1890s. "Age Of The Atom” is about the creation of the Atomic Bomb and the questions of morality as a result of it; this features Geoff Downes on keyboards. Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess appears on “Escape Velocity,” a song that speaks to the political implications of the space race in the 1960s.
 
In “The Great Depression,” Billy's songwriter’s pen draws pain from the heart of a distraught Wall Street investor, who has lost everything in the stock market, and steps out to make a final step off the ledge. Rick Wakeman plays grand piano and other keyboards on this one. Finally, in CITIZEN’s 11th song, “Written In The Centuries,” performed by current Yes singer Jon Davison, Nostradamus is the Citizen busily composing his many predictions.
 
Billy Sherwood was recently handpicked by Chris Squire to fill in for him on bass and vocals in Yes, before he left for cancer treatment and ultimately, his untimely death. Billy started his career in the band Lodgic and then as a member of World Trade, who have two critically-acclaimed albums. He has produced and engineered for many artists including John Wetton, Motorhead, Queensryche, Paul Rodgers, and Yes. 
 
He joined Yes first as touring member on the “Talk” tour in 1994, and was a full time member from 1997 to 1999. He recorded two albums with Chris Squire as the “Conspiracy” project and released six albums with Circa, the band he formed with Tony Kaye.  
 
CITIZEN is Billy’s eighth album of new material, though he sees this as a group effort, "While I've created a lot of this record myself I couldn't have done it without the amazing talents brought to bear by all the great artists who participated. So I feel it's much more of a collective effort than a solo album. It's my desire to take this production onto the stage and some of these amazing artists can help bring this concept to life.”
 
Enjoy a CITIZEN EPK:
 

 
Preorder the album NOW: Amazon: http://radi.al/BillySherwoodAmazon
 
CITIZEN tracklisting: The Citizen; Man And The Machine; Just Galileo And Me; No Man’s Land; The Great Depression; Empire; Age Of The Atom; Trail Of Tears; Escape Velocity; A Theory All It's Own; Written In The Centuries
 
 
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Fri
14
Aug

One on One With Mitch Lafon - GEOFF DOWNES (Yes)

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In episode 139 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Geoff Downes of YES (and Asia) joins Mitch to discuss the band's current tour with TOTO, their upcoming Cruise To The Edge rock cruise with Marillion, what motivates them to make new music, ASIA vs. YES, and more. Plus, he pays tribute to the late Chris Squire.

Producer Adam Hamilton (former L.A. Guns & The C.C. DeVille Experiment) co-hosts this episode.

Quotes from the interview:

1) "We feel responsible to pay due respect to Chris' legacy."

2) "Chris had said in many interviews that he felt that YES should continue."

3) "We are going to carry on for the foreseeable future."

For more about YES visit: http://www.yesworld.com
TWITTER: @yesofficial
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/yestheband
Cruise To The Edge: http://cruisetotheedge.com

For more Adam Hamilton visit:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/adam.hamilton.528
Twitter:@AdamHamilton1

Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon
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And Official Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon

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Mon
29
Jun

R.I.P Prog Legend CHRIS SQUIRE (Yes)

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RIP Chris Squire... The progressive rock giant and founding member of YES. An innovator and a inspiration to many.
 
This from EW.com:
 
Chris Squire, bassist and founding member of Yes, has died, a month after revealing he had been diagnosed with leukemia. He was 67.
 
The band confirmed the news Sunday on its official Facebook page, writing: “For the entirety of Yes’ existence, Chris was the band’s linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years. Because of his phenomenal bass-playing prowess, Chris influenced countless bassists around the world, including many of today’s well-known artists. Chris was also a fantastic songwriter, having written and co-written much of Yes’ most endearing music, as well as his solo album, Fish Out of Water.”
 
Squire and singer Jon Anderson co-founded Yes in London in 1968, and although the band’s lineup shifted over the years, Squire was the one constant member, playing bass on all of Yes’ albums and performing with the band for almost 50 years.
In May, Squire announced that he had been diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia and would consequently miss the band’s upcoming summer tour, marking the first time ever Yes would play a show without him. Billy Sherwood was to step in as bassist.
 
 “This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me,” Squire said in a statement at the time. “But the other guys and myself have agreed that Billy Sherwood will do an excellent job of covering my parts and the show as a whole will deliver the same Yes experience that our fans have come to expect over the years.”
 
Squire’s bandmate Geoffrey Downes first announced Squire’s death on Twitter.
 
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Tue
19
May

YES Bassist/Co-Founder, Chris Squire, to Undergo Treatment for Leukemia

Artist: 
 
Grammy Award-winning bass guitarist, vocalist, and founding member of Yes, Chris Squire, has been diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Chris will be receiving treatment in his hometown of Phoenix over the next few months.

Yes will be honoring their commitment to their North American summer tour with Toto, as well as confirming their performances on the Cruise To The Edge in November.

Chris's role in the band will be covered by Yes alumnus Billy Sherwood.

To quote Chris, "This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me. But the other guys and myself have agreed that Billy Sherwood will do an excellent job of covering my parts and the show as a whole will deliver the same Yes experience that our fans have come to expect over the years."

 
MelodicRock.com wishes Chris all the very best and a speedy recovery.

For more information, visit: yesworld.com / totoofficial.com
 
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Fri
15
May

YES To Release 'Like It Is - Yes At The Mesa Arts Center' July 3

Artist: 
Iconic Prog Rock Band YES To Release “Like  It Is – Yes At The Mesa Arts Center” 
2CD/DVD & Blu Ray to be released in July on Frontiers
 
Frontiers Music Srl, is pleased to announce the upcoming live release by the legendary rock group YES, entitled LIKE IT IS -  YES AT THE MESA ARTS CENTER on July 3rdin Europe and July 10thin North America.
 
Available in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and Digital formats, with a later release planned on vinyl too, this new live album, which follows a similar path to the successful release “Like It Is – Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome”, sees two of the band’s signature albums, 1971’s FRAGILE, and 1972’s CLOSE TO THE EDGE performed live in their entirety on the band’s 2014 world tour.
 
Recorded live on Tuesday August 12th, 2014 at the Ikeda Theater in Mesa, AZ, featuring Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White Geoff Downes and Jon Davison, offers an exciting take on two amazing pieces of music which include live staples such as “Roundabout”, “Heart Of The Sunrise”, “And You and I” and the epic “Close to the Edge”.
 
“That evening in Mesa, Arizona was a great one. The audience was fantastic; they loved the music and really made it a very special night for us. And we were in top form. The music sounded great and we could have played all night,” says YES co-founder and bassist, Chris Squire. “ ‘Like It Is’ brings the magic and wonderful music of that evening to fans everywhere, and we’re sure they’ll enjoy listening to it as much as we did performing it.
 
This new live release comes as YES continues one of its most fertile musical periods in their nearly five decade history and is a perfect companion piece to the other retrospective live release,  “Like it Is – Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome”, which included amazing renditions of “Going for the One” and “The Yes Album”. Formed in 1968, the band has endured for nearly five decades and remains one of the most popular live touring acts in rock n roll. They have recently announced their US tour with label-mates TOTO. All dates and ticket links here: http://yesworld.com/2015/04/yes-and-toto-2015-north-american-summer-tour
           
Watch “Heart of the Sunrise” following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQiTKZGp-10
 
Tracklisting
Cd1 (Lp1): Close To The Edge; And You And I; Siberian Khatru.
Cd2 (Lp2): Roundabout; Cans And Brahms; We Have Heaven; South Side Of The Sky; Five Per Cent For Nothing; Long Distance Runaround; The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus); Mood For A Day; Heart Of The Sunrise.
Dvd / Blu Ray: Close To The Edge; And You And I; Siberian Khatru; Roundabout; Cans And Brahms; We Have Heaven; South Side Of The Sky; Five Per Cent For Nothing; Long Distance Runaround; The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus); Mood For A Day; Heart Of The Sunrise.
 
YES is:
Chris Squire, bass
Steve Howe, guitars
Alan White, drums
Geoff Downes, keyboards
Jon Davison, vocals
 
Visit THE OFFICIAL YES SITE: www.Yesworld.com
 
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Fri
24
Apr

Frontiers Signs BILLY SHERWOOD For New Project & World Trade


Frontiers Records are pleased to announce the signing of former Yes (official) member Billy Sherwood for the release of a new, exciting band and concept album entitled 'Citizen'.
 
The creator of the record is former YES member/producer Billy Sherwood, who is well known for gathering amazing musicians together to perform on his projects. For this record, he has his eyes on some of the best in the business, once again, to help bring his vision to life....
 
In Billy's words, 'Citizen is the story of a lost soul wandering through time and living through many lives during historic periods of time. A reincarnate, he finds himself as a conscript to the ancient Roman legionaries, fighting in the last battles and as a witness to the fall of the Empire. As a close friend discussing the myth of the flat earth with Galileo. As an apprentice to Oppenheimer, he questions the ethics of splitting the atom and it's morality. As a messenger to the high command during WWI, racing through the trenches of Belgium and France. As a factory worker during the rise of the industrial age, merging man with machines. As a victim of the great depression with no options left....and more situations that place the "Citizen" in controversial, emotional and historic settings."
 
Billy has written all the music and production is now in full swing. Guest artists joining Billy in this journey through music, time and space include:
 
1 John Wetton (Asia [Original Asia])
2 Rick Wakeman Music (Yes)
3 Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)
4 Tony Kaye (Yes)
5 Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia)
6 Chris Squire (Yes)
7 Steve Hackett (Genesis)
8 Jerry Goodman (The Mahavishnu Orchestra)
9 Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs)
10 Steve Hillage (Gong)
11 Patrick Moraz (Yes)
12 John Wesley (Porcupine Tree)
 
More guests and musicians are TBA.
 
We hope to release this new album in early 2016.
 
In related news, Billy has also reformed his original band WORLD TRADE along with all the original members Bruce Gowdy on guitar, Guy Allison on keyboards and Mark T. Williams on drums. A new album in a musical direction close to Toto's most recent releases and Yes (90125/Big Generator era) will be unleashed after the release of 'Citizen'.
  
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Tue
07
Apr

YES & TOTO Join Together For Late Summer North American Tour

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Before you read this - Toto's STEVE LUKATHER wants fans to know that even though TOTO will open for YES, both bands will be playing full 90 minute sets.
 
And Luke adds this: "Yep a 90 min 'full show' well close.. we will change up set lists night by night as well I think. NOT that same set as last year. NO ballads or any pop stuff...and just the big 3 hits...the rest is new and or deep cuts."
Furthermore, Lenny Castro is set to join the fun and in Luke's words "will kick butt..."
 
 
26 Date Tour Gets Underway On August 7th
 
World-renowned recording artists, YES and Toto, today announced they will join forces this summer for a co-headlining North American tour. Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Grammy Award winning YES has sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades. YES continues with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative.
 
Since its founding in 1968, YES has created much of rock history’s most important music, including iconic pieces like ‘Roundabout,’ 'Close to the Edge,’ ‘I’ve Seen All Good People,’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart,’ ‘Starship Trooper,’ and countless others. Its albums, including ‘Fragile,’ ‘Close to the Edge,’ ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans,’ and ‘90125,’ have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA. YES continues to inspire millions of musicians, fans, and music lovers around the world.
“We’re thrilled to be hitting the road with Toto. Yes have always been big fans of Toto’s music, and we think the fans are going to really enjoy seeing both of us together,” says YES co-founder and bassist, Chris Squire.
 
YES will be releasing a new live CD/DVD (recorded at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona) entitled Like It Is on July 7th.
Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums. Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.
 
With over 35 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They recently released their first new studio album in ten years – TOTO XIV which debuted last week Top 10 in nine countries around the world. Prior to the tour with YES, Toto are embarking on a European headline arena tour with appearances at key festivals.
 
"We are so honored to be touring with our musical hero's YES,” remarked founder/guitarist Steve Lukather. “Life changing music for me and the guys and we even have a song on our new record totally inspired by them so it is a lifelong love of their music that has kept us fans to this day. We all stood and waited in line for tix to see Close to the Edge and Topographic.. many many shows as young upcoming musicians/fans in the 70's and were blown away and inspired to be better musicians and composers by Yes' amazing music, musicianship and insanely cool live shows. This is a crazy dream come true for us and we can’t wait to do this tour and to make new friends and solidify old friendships.”
 
Tickets for most shows go on sale this week. VIP ticketing information to come this afternoon.
 
TOTO & YES 2015 SUMMER TOUR
 
8/7 Mashantucket CT Grand Theater at Foxwoods
8/8 Newark NJ New Jersey PAC
8/9 Atlantic City NJ Borgata Hotel Casino
8/11 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center
8/12 Baltimore MD Pier Six Pavilion
8/14 Huber Heights OH Music Center at The Heights
8/15 Sterling Heights MI Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
8/16 Chicago IL FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly
8/18 Des Moines IA Iowa State Fair - Grandstand
8/19 Saint Charles MO Family Arena
8/21 Biloxi MS Beau Rivage Resort & Casino - Beau Rivage Theater
8/22 Alpharetta GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/23 Clearwater FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/25 Houston TX Cynthia Woods Pavilion
8/26 San Antonio TX Majestic Theatre
8/27 Grand Prairie TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
8/30 Littleton CO Denver Botanic Gardens - Chatfield
8/31 Salt Lake City UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
9/2 Tucson, AZ AVA Amphitheater
9/4 Scottsdale AZ Talking Stick Resort & Casino
9/5 Pala CA Pala Casino - Starlight Theater
9/6 Los Angeles CA The Greek Theatre
9/8 Saratoga CA Mountain Winery
9/10 Shelton WA Little Creek Casino Resort - Event Center
9/11 Airway Heights WA Northern Quest Resort & Casino
9/12 Coquitlam BC Hard Rock Casino - Vancouver
 
 
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Wed
18
Feb

STEVE HOWE Career Anthology Available March 9

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A new two-disc Steve Howe career retrospective will be released next month. The Yes guitarist has personally handpicked 33 tracks for Anthology drawing primarily from the studio albums he recorded between 1975 and 2011, including a pair of covers (Just Like A Woman and Buckets Of Rain) from the 1999 album Portraits of Bob DylanThe collection sees many tracks newly remastered for 2015 and will be released on 9 March 2015.
 
Track listing
 
Disc: 1
1. So Bad (2015 Remastered Version)
2. Lost Symphony (2015 Remastered Version)
3. Pleasure Stole The Night (2015 Remastered Version)
4. Pennants (2015 Remastered Version)
5. Look Over Your Shoulder (2015 Remastered Version)
6. Surface Tension (2015 Remastered Version)
7. Sensitive Chaos
8. Running The Human Race
9. Desire Comes First
10. Luck Of The Draw
11. Maiden Voyage
12. Walk Don’t Run
13. Momenta
14. The Collector
15. Just Like A Woman
16. Buckets Of Rain
 
Disc: 2
1. Distant Seas
2. Curls & Swirls
3. Meridian Strings (2015 Remastered Version)
4. Simplification (2015 Remastered Version)
5. Rising Sun (2015 Remastered Version)
6. Westwinds (2015 Remastered Version)
7. Ultra Definition (2015 Remastered Version)
8. Ebb And Flow (2015 Remastered Version)
9. Dorothy
10. Sketches In The Sun
11. Diary Of A Man Who Vanished
12. Devon Blue
13. King’s Ransom
14. Bachianas Brasileiras No.5
15. Beginnings (2015 Remastered Version)
16. Mood For A Day (With The English Chamber Orchestra)
17. Sharp On Attack
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Sat
25
Oct

YES Set To Release “Like It Is” Live 2CD/DVD Released Dec. 5 On Frontiers

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ICONIC PROG ROCK BAND YES SET TO RELEASE
“LIKE  IT IS - YES AT THE BRISTOL HIPPODROME”
 
2CD/DVD set will be released in
December on Frontiers
 
Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label known for embracing new music from world famous rock artists, is proud to announce the upcoming release by the legendary rock group YES, entitled LIKE IT IS -  YES AT THE BRISTOL HIPPODROME on December 5th in Europe and December 9th in North America.
 
Available in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, this new release encompasses two of the band’s iconic albums, 1971’s The YES Album  and  1977’s Going For The One,  as they were performed live on the band’s 2014 world tour.
 
 
Says guitarist Steve Howe, "Playing complete albums is a great way to hear the development of YES music & relive the familiar transitions from one track to another.” Expertly executed, these two classic albums are performed in their entirety, respecting the original arrangements, and yet still adding a new and exciting flair. “Going For The One is a wonderfully diverse set of songs, whilst The Yes Album contains the most ‘played live’ songs in the career of the band,” complements Howe.
 
Featuring some of the band’s most popular songs, such as ‘I’ve See All Good People,’ ‘Yours Is No Disgrace,’ ‘Going For The One,’  ‘Wonderous Stories,’ and ‘Starship Trooper,’ this set proves the endurance factor of one of England’s most acclaimed rock bands.
 
            “These are two bodies of music that many of the most devout YES fans wanted to hear in their entirety,” adds keyboardist Geoff Downes. “I believe our performance at the Bristol Hippodrome was among the most compelling of the entire tour.”
 
            The CD/DVD set comes as YES continues one of its most fertile musical periods in its nearly five decade history. Formed in 1968, the band has endured a number of line-ups and remains one of the most popular live touring bands in rock, today. Over 40 million record sales later, the band continues to tour and release current material on a regular basis.
           
You watch a snippet of “Starship Trooper” following this link:  http://youtu.be/XMyx-Oc0S_I
 
CDs and DVD Tracklisting: Going For The One; Turn Of The Century; Parallels; Wonderous Stories; Awaken. Yours Is No Disgrace; Clap; Starship Trooper; I’ve Seen All Good People; A Venture; Perpetual Change.
 
YES is:
Chris Squire, bass
Steve Howe, guitars
Alan White, drums
Geoff Downes, keyboards
Jon Davison, vocals
 
Visit THE OFFICIAL YES SITE: www.Yesworld.com
 
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Mon
28
Jul

Music Legends JON ANDERSON and JEAN-LUC PONTY Announce Formation of New Music Ensemble

Music Legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty Announce Formation of New Music Ensemble -
The Anderson Ponty Band!

Los Angeles, CA - Music legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty announce the formation of a new ensemble - The Anderson Ponty Band! YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled!

"A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc's music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is, music is God" - Jon Anderson

The Anderson Ponty Band also includes Jamie Dunlap on guitars - well known as a film and television composer, most notably 'South Park'; Wally Minko on keyboards - virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band will visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy, while creating new compositions as well.

The Anderson Ponty Band have been writing and arranging old favorites during the past three months. They will be in residence for three weeks in September at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado rehearsing, recording and playing a public performance on Saturday September 20th. An album will be finished in Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in early 2015. Also, a videography documenting the making of the album will be released as well as videos and performances. A world tour beginning in March 2015 is in the planning stages.

The Anderson Ponty Band announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign today July 25th beginning at 2PM Eastern. The campaign will encourage fans and friends to become a stakeholder in the project. Numerous tiers of donations will be rewarded by album downloads, premium CD/DVD packages, VIP ticket access, merchandising, special one of a kind collectibles, special meet and greets with the band and much more.

Kickstarter campaign: http://bit.ly/apband2014

Anderson Ponty Band Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andersonpontyband

Jon Anderson official website: www.jonanderson.com
Jean-Luc Ponty official website: www.ponty.com

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Tue
22
Jul

YES Songs From Tsongas – The 35th Anniversary Concert Special Edition Formats Out September 23

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New York, NY (July 21, 2014)-- Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the September 23 simultaneous release of Yes’ Songs From Tsongas - The 35th Anniversary Concert - Special Edition on 2DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Formats, and the first ever release of Songs From Tsongas as a 3CD set. [Pre-book Order Date August 29, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $24.98 DVD, $TBA CD]. 
 
The Special Edition of Songs From Tsongas contains two different concerts from Yes’ 35th Anniversary Tour in 2004, the last tour to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White. In addition to the originally released Songs From Tsongas show, this DVD is packed with an additional 70 minutes of never-before-released highlights from Lugano. Songs From Tsongas offers a fantastic set list of favorites and rarities including “Going For The One,” “Roundabout,” “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” “And You And I,” “Starship Trooper,” “Wonderous Stories,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Ritual,” “Turn Of The Century,” and many more captured here in all their glory.
 
Disc One of the Special Edition DVD contains the whole concert from the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts, previously spread across two discs. This epic show features tracks from across the band’s career including an extensive acoustic section (tracks 11 – 18) and some tracks that have rarely been performed live. This entire concert is featured on the Songs From Tsongas 3CD.
 
Disc Two features a very different concert on the same tour filmed at Estival in Lugano, Switzerland. This outdoor show has a stripped down stage and full on rock versions of the acoustic tracks from Tsongas while the crowd wield a multitude of umbrellas against the pouring rain, which is clearly not preventing them having a great time!
 
As a Bonus Feature, the DVD includes another track “Ritual,” also filmed at the Tsongas Arena, and an insightful interview with legendary designer and Yes collaborator Roger Dean who created the brand new stage set for the shows.
 
Songs From Tsongas – The 35th Anniversary Concert is an incredible collection that no Yes fan should be without!
 
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
 
For more information regarding this and other Eagle Rock Entertainment releases, contact Carol Kaye at Carol@Kayosproductions.com. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KayosProductionsInc.
 
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Special Edition DVD, Blu-ray:
Disc 1 - Songs From Tsongas
1) Intro/Firebird Suite  
2) Going For The One  
3) Sweet Dreams  
4) Your Move / All Good People  
5) Mind Drive Parts 1 & 2  
6) South Side Of The Sky  
7) Turn Of The Century  
8) My Eyes  
9) Mind Drive Part 3  
10) Yours Is No Disgrace  
11) The Meeting (Piano Solo)  
12) Long Distance Runaround  
13) Wonderous Stories  
14) Time Is Time  
15) Roundabout  
16) Show Me  
17) Owner Of A Lonely Heart  
18) Second Initial (Guitar Solo)  
19) Rhythm Of Love  
20) And You And I  
21) Every Little Thing  
22) Starship Trooper
 
Disc 2 - Live In Lugano
1) Intro/Firebird Suite  
2) Going For The One  
3) Sweet Dreams  
4) Your Move / All Good People  
5) Long Distance Runaround  
6) The Fish  
7) Owner Of A Lonely Heart  
8) And You And I  
9) Starship Trooper  
10) Roundabout
 
 
 
 
 
3CD:
Disc One:
1) Intro / Firebird Suite  
2) Going For The One  
3) Sweet Dreams  
4) Your Move/All Good People  
5) Mind Drive Parts 1 & 2  
6) South Side Of The Sky  
7) Turn Of The Century  
8) My Eyes  
9) Mind Drive Part 3  
10) Yours Is No Disgrace
 
Disc Two:
1) The Meeting (piano solo)  
2) Long Distance Runaround  
3) Wonderous Stories  
4) Time Is Time  
5) Roundabout  
6) Show Me  
7) Owner Of A Lonely Heart   
8) Second Initial (guitar solo)  
9) Rhythm Of Love
 
Disc Three:
1) And You And I  
2) Ritual  
3) Every Little Thing  
4) Starship Trooper
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Fri
18
Jul

YES - Heaven & Earth (Review)

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The core sound is there and the songs are memorable and the additional orchestration and super sharp production are all big positives to ensure that fans of Yes receive this album favorably.

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79%
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Produced By: 
Roy Thomas Baker
Running Time: 
51
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Progressive Rock
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79
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Frontiers Records
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I don’t mind myself some falsetto vocals, but when there’s no light and shade – that is, the vocals are all falsetto all of the time, and the album goes some 50 minutes, well, my ears begin to rebel.
 
Iconic prog-pop-rock band Yes are back with their first album in many moons, with stalwarts Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White and Geoff Downes with new vocalist Jon Davison in for the departed icon that was Jon Anderson.
As expected Davison is an Anderson soundalike and does his job keeping the traditional Yes sound intact.
 
The album is beautifully produced by the legendary Grammy Award winner, Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Alice Cooper and more), ensuring that fans of the band get exactly what they hoped for.
The songs are long and complex, but don’t forget the necessary hooks to hold it all together – the first three: Believe Again, The Game and Step Beyond impressing in particular.
The rest of the albums takes a little more concentration to appreciate, but those vocals are a hindrance for the likes of me.
 
The album is all quite likable and I expect longtime fans to be happy, but those vocals…they are enough to turn me off any long term loyalty to this record and I expect will encourage other fence sitters to do likewise.
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Tue
15
Jul

YES Debut Lyric Video For 'In A World Of Our Own'

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THE ICONIC AND GRAMMY-WINNING ROCK BAND YES PREMIERE LYRIC VIDEO FOR LEAD SINGLE 'IN A WORLD OF OUR OWN' EXCLUSIVELY ON MUZU.TV TODAY 14th July 2014
 
WATCH HERE: http://www.muzu.tv/yes/yes-in-a-world-of-our-own-lyrics-video-video/2265...

 

 
NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'HEAVEN & EARTH' SET FOR RELEASE IN JULY ON FRONTIERS RECORDS
 
Today July 14th, the iconic and Grammy-winning rock band, YES, premiered a lyric video for the lead single--'In A World Of Our Own'--off their new studio album, HEAVEN & EARTH (set for release on July19th in Europe, July 21st in the UK and July 22 in the U.S. on Frontiers Records), exclusively on MUZU.TV. Check out the lyric video for 'Living In A World Of Our Own' (penned by frontman Jon Davidson and bassist Chris Squire) here: http://www.muzu.tv/yes/yes-in-a-world-of-our-own-lyrics-video-video/2265...
 
Having sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades, HEAVEN & EARTH sees YES continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative. The new album contains eight new tracks, each of which boasts the unique musicianship and craftsmanship that have come to be known as 'the YES sound.' YES' distinctive layered music, swirling arrangements, brilliant vocals and harmonies are all in abundance.
 
For HEAVEN & EARTH, YES teamed up with legendary Grammy Award winner, Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Guns N' Roses, Foreigner, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper, etc.), who handled the production and Billy Sherwood (Toto, Paul Rodgers, Air Supply, etc.) who mixed the album. Also onboard is long-time YES artist, the world-renowned Roger Dean, who again brings his masterful artistic creativity to the album's cover art and packaging.
 
HEAVEN & EARTH, available now for pre-order on Amazon (link here: http://smarturl.it/YES_Amz_Preorder), is an album sure to please both long-time and new YES fans.
 
Fans can explore the new album on YES' new micro-site: yesheavenandearth.com. Each week the band will premiere a 90-second excerpt from a song off the new album, along with the song's lyrics.
 
Tracklisting for Heaven & Earth:
1.    Believe Again
2.    The Game
3.    Step Beyond
4.    To Ascend
5.    In A World Of Our Own
6.    Light Of The Ages
7.    It Was All We Knew
8.    Subway Walls
 
To coincide with the release of HEAVEN & EARTH, the multi-platinum progressive rock band--bassist CHRIS SQUIRE, guitarist STEVE HOWE, drummer ALAN WHITE, keyboardist GEOFF DOWNES and singer JON DAVISON--are currently on their summer tour, titled 'An Evening with YES,' featuring YES performing, in their entirety, 1971's groundbreaking album FRAGILE for the first-time ever and a repeat performance from last year's tour of 1972's CLOSE TO THE EDGE, followed by an encore of the band's greatest hits and songs off the new album.
 
Spend 'An Evening with YES' this summer in the following cities:
 
DATE                         CITY                                      VENUE
Tue      7/15                 Washington, DC                     Warner Theatre
Wed    7/16                 Hampton, NH                         Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Fri        7/18                 Salamanca, NY                     Seneca Allegany Casino
Sat      7/19                 Philadelphia, PA                     Tower Theater
Sun     7/20                 Munhall, PA                           Carnegie Music Hall
Tue      7/22                 Rochester Hills, MI                Meadow Brook
Wed    7/23                 Northfield, OH                        Hard Rock Live Northfield Park
Fri        7/25                 Madison, WI                           Overture Hall
Sat      7/26                 Chicago, IL                             Copernicus Center
Mon     7/28                 Nashville, TN                         Ryman Auditorium
Tue      7/29                 Louisville, KY                         Louisville Palace
Wed    7/30                 Atlanta, GA                            Symphony Hall
Fri        8/1                   Hollywood, FL                        Seminole Hard Rock Live
Sat      8/2                   St. Petersburg, FL                  Mahaffey Theater
Sun     8/3                   Orlando, FL                            Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
Tue      8/5                   Houston, TX                           Bayou Music Center
Wed    8/6                   Grand Prairie, TX                   Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Thu      8/7                   Kansas City, MO                   Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Sat      8/9                   Denver, CO                           Paramount Theatre
Mon     8/11                 Tucson, AZ                            Rialto Theatre
Tue      8/12                 Mesa, AZ                               Ikeda Theatre at Mesa Arts Center
Wed    8/13                 Albuquerque, NM                   Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino
Fri        8/15                 Las Vegas, NV                       The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sat      8/16                 Anaheim, CA                         City National Grove of Anaheim
Mon     8/18                 San Diego, CA                       Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
Tue      8/19                 San Jose, CA                         City National Civic
Thu      8/21                 Tulalip, WA                             Tulalip Amphitheatre
Fri        8/22                 Grand Ronde, OR                 Spirit Mountain Casino
Sat      8/23                 Lincoln, CA                            Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Sun     8/24                 Los Angeles, CA                    Greek Theatre

YES is proud to provide special show packages, which include near-stage seating, a meet and greet with the band, exclusive limited-edition gifts from YES, and much more. For more information on prices, on-sale dates and to purchase YES packages/tickets, go to www.yesworld.com.
 
About YES:
Since its founding in 1968, YES has created much of rock history's most important music, including iconic pieces like 'Roundabout,' 'Close to the Edge,' 'I've Seen All Good People,' 'Owner of a Lonely Heart,' 'Starship Trooper,' and countless others. Its albums, including 'Fragile,' 'Close to the Edge,' 'Tales from Topographic Oceans,' and '90125,' have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA. YES continues to inspire millions of musicians, fans, and music lovers around the world.

 

YES (L-R): Steve Howe, Jon Davison, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Chris Squire / Photo Credit: Rob Shanahan
 
Pre-order the new YES album HEAVEN & EARTH at: Amazon: http://bit.ly/Heaven-Earth-Amazon iTunes: http://bit.ly/HeavenEarth-iTunes  
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Fri
11
Jul

YES - Heaven & Earth (Showcase)

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Heaven & Earth
Produced By: 
Roy Thomas Baker
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Progressive Pop/Rock
Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Grammy Award winning, YES, is proud to announce its new album, ‘Heaven and Earth.’ Having sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades, ‘Heaven and Earth’ sees YES continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative.
 
‘Heaven and Earth’ contains eight new tracks, each of which boasts the unique musicianship and craftsmanship that have come to be known as ‘the YES sound.’ YES’ distinctive layered music, swirling arrangements, brilliant vocals and harmonies are all in abundance. ‘Heaven and Earth’ is an album sure to please both long-time and new YES fans.
 
For ‘Heaven and Earth,’ YES teams up with legendary Grammy Award winner, Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper, etc.), who handles production and mixing. Also onboard is long-time YES artist, the world-renowned Roger Dean, who again brings his masterful artistic creativity to the album’s cover art and packaging.
 
Since its founding in 1968, YES has created much of rock history’s most important music, including iconic pieces like ‘Roundabout,’ 'Close to the Edge,’ ‘I’ve Seen All Good People,’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart,’ ‘Starship Trooper,’ and countless others. Its albums, including ‘Fragile,’ ‘Close to the Edge,’ ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans,’ and ‘90125,’ have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA. YES continues to inspire millions of musicians, fans, and music lovers around the world.
 
INSTRUMENTATION
 
STEVE HOWE - Electric, Acoustic, & Steel Guitars. Backing Vocals
CHRIS SQUIRE - Bass Guitar. Backing Vocals
ALAN WHITE - Drums. Percussion
GEOFF DOWNES - Keyboards. Computer Programming
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Tue
24
Jun

FORMER SUPERTRAMP MEMBER MARTY WALSH RELEASES NEW CD FEATURING MEMBERS OF YES, RUFUS

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Guitar Virtuoso and Former Supertramp Member Marty Walsh Releases New CD Featuring Guest Appearances By Members of YES, Rufus and a Host of LA Studio Legends

Boston, MA / Much to the excitement of guitar aficionados across the globe, celebrated guitarist Marty Walsh released his eagerly awaited debut instrumental solo album 'The Total Plan' on June 16th 2014! Making the release even more thrilling is the array of guest artists appearing on the release - Billy Sherwood (YES/CIRCA:), John 'JR' Robinson (Rufus, Eric Clapton, Mike Oldfield/Steve Winwood) and a multitude of LA Studio Legends.

Says Marty, 'Everyone on the album are musicians that I have close personal and working relationships with. Billy and I did an album that was released in 1996 under the band name The Key. People like John Robinson, Abe Laboriel, Michael Ruff and everyone else on the album I have worked with for years. When I came up with this idea I asked all of these wonderful musicians if they would play on one track for me. Graciously they all accepted.'

Marty Walsh is an assistant professor in the Ensemble and Music Production departments at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. A veteran of the LA studio music scene, he has worked as a guitarist with some of the biggest names in the business. The early 1980s found him on the hits '9 to 5' by Dolly Parton, 'She Works Hard For The Money' by Donna Summer, and 'Heartlight' by Neil Diamond, to name a few. He also recorded with John Denver, Eddie Money, Kenny Rogers, Sheena Easton, and Julio Iglesias, among others. In 1985, Marty played guitar on the Supertramp album 'Brother Where You Bound' and then toured with the band in 1985-86 and again in 1988 after playing on their 1988 release 'Free As A Bird'. Continuing to do recording sessions into the 1990s, he also was a part of the live band on the Nickelodeon Television show 'Roundhouse' which was critically acclaimed and ran from 1992 through 1994. In the late 90's Marty played guitar on numerous Curb Records releases including three of Leann Rimes' albums, 'Sittin On Top Of The World', 'Leann Rimes' and 'I Need You', whose title track set the record for weeks (54) in the top 40.

Most recently, he can be heard on the Freddie Jackson single 'Until The End Of Time', which reached the number 1 spot on Billboard's R&B charts and stayed on the charts for 26 weeks. And now much to the anticipation of guitarists and musicians everywhere, Marty is releasing his first (instrumental) solo album 'The Total Plan'!

Says Marty, 'Being an instrumental album it is simply about the music. There are a few things conceptually that I was trying to achieve with this recording though. The first being the fact that I wanted to make an album of music that I felt would appeal to the masses. The album is not a Jazz album necessarily, it's really more of a pop record. While there are improvised solos, the focus of the record is much more about the melodies and arrangements of the songs, which hopefully are memorable. The second thing that I wanted to achieve was making a record with many of the people that I've worked with over the years. I literally enlisted musicians for this project that I had worked with closely going way back to when I first started touring and doing recording sessions, and then also tapped into some of the faculty and also young musicians that I have worked closely with at the Berklee college of music. There are ten songs on the album and each song has different groupings of personnel. I also feel that stylistically the album is quite diverse, which actually came about from tapping into all of these various musicians who brought their own identity to the project.'

Marty's new album showcases a variety of styles, which is a reflection of his vast musical influences. He explains, 'While I am primarily a guitarist, and my guitar playing is the focus of the record, I don't feel like my approach to the instrument is like a lot of other guitarists. As a young musician growing up, of course I was influenced by people like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, but then growing up in Los Angeles, guys like Larry Carlton, Jay Graydon, and all of the other LA studio guitar players that I had so much respect for certainly were extremely influential in my development. But even more influential than all of the great guitar players are a host of other musicians. I have always had the tendency not to focus on guitar players and their approach to the instrument. Music that has influenced me over the years has tended to be from piano players, songwriters, people that compose memorable music and also many of the great producer/arrangers that I have worked with. Guys like Michael Omartian, the late Michel Columbier, and the late Tom Dowd. I had the good fortune to actually work with these people closely in the recording environment and learned so much about composing and arranging. That's the kind of thing that I feel is really so important in moving people emotionally with music. Hopefully that's what this album will do, move people emotionally.'

'Marty Walsh has made a fine album, featuring some red-hot musicians beside his heartfelt guitar playing ' the sounds he wrings from his guitars are strong, melodic and exciting.' - John Anthony Helliwell (Supertramp)

'Marty Walsh is an amazing guitarist and songwriter. I had the pleasure making a record with him called 'The World Is Watching' (the band was called The Key). We met in 1986 when he was on tour playing guitar with Supertramp for their 'Brother Where You Bound' record. My band Lodgic opened for them and so we hung out backstage and became fast friends and have been ever since. I'm very happy to see Marty going for it with his new record and was honored he asked me to be a part of it too!' - Billy Sherwood (YES/CIRCA:)

'Marty Walsh is one of the most soulful musicians I have known. His musicality shines through any band he has ever been in. This new solo CD reflects his funk, soul and rock roots. It's a must have for all.' - John 'JR' Robinson (Rufus/Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood/Mike Oldfield)

'I have been good friends with the near legendary Marty Walsh since our Glendale/Burbank, California days. He was always known as the 'Boy Wonder' on the guitar back then. And still is today. If you're ever stuck for the next part of your song... don't worry, Marty's got it covered.' - Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy / Black Star Riders)

'Over the years I have had the good fortune to work with some of the greatest guitar players in the world. It runs the gamut. Rock, Funk, Jazz, Pop. There are a handful that can shred in all these fields. Marty is one of them! On 'The Total Plan' Marty went to 'The Shed', with a few friends, and came out with a real gem. It rocks, it inspires, it grooves, and Now is the Time, to check it out!' - Tommy Vicari (Grammy award winning engineer and producer)

In support of his new CD release Marty has been working with a videographer, trying to determine which songs would be good choices for music videos and how to approach that. He is also currently working on putting together the personnel for a live band. Although, since the record has so many different people on it, putting a band together that can play all of his music live is a bit of a challenge. The good news is that being in Boston and teaching at Berklee, Marty has access to some unbelievable young talented musicians that will most likely be the members of this group. Also his son Ian played some keyboards on the record, and wrote a few of the pieces with Marty, so he is kind of a cornerstone to the live band.

In conclusion, Marty has this to relay to his fans and listeners, 'Just sit back, relax and enjoy......put this album on when you have people over. I do feel that it is the kind of record that you can put a set of headphones on and listen intently to, as I feel that it has a real 'flow' to it in terms of taking you on a bit of a journey from song to song. But it's also one that you can put on in the background and just let it be a 'feel good' record. Hopefully if people put this album on for friends in the background over casual conversation the question will be 'What is this music that's playing?' and then 'Where can I get it?''

To purchase: Marty Walsh's 'The Total Plan' go to:
http://cdbaby.com/cd/martywalsh

For more information: www.martywalsh.com

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Thu
19
Jun

GRAMMY-WINNING ROCK BAND YES PREVIEWS THE SECOND TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM

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Today (6/18), Grammy Award-winning rock band YES--among the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands--has previewed 'The Game,' the second track off their new studio album, HEAVEN & EARTH, due out July 22 on Frontiers Records. Listen to a 90-second preview of 'The Game' at: http://yesheavenandearth.com/
Having sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades, HEAVEN & EARTH sees YES continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative. HEAVEN & EARTH is available now for pre-order on Amazon here: http://smarturl.it/YES_Amz_Preorder.
 
HEAVEN & EARTH contains eight new tracks, each of which boasts the unique musicianship and craftsmanship that have come to be known as 'the YES sound.' YES' distinctive layered music, swirling arrangements, brilliant vocals and harmonies are all in abundance. HEAVEN & EARTH is an album sure to please both long-time and new YES fans. For HEAVEN & EARTH, YES teamed up with legendary Grammy Award winner, Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Guns N' Roses, Foreigner, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper, etc.), who handled the production and Billy Sherwood (Toto, Paul Rodgers, Air Supply, etc.) who mixed the album. Also onboard is long-time YES artist, the world-renowned Roger Dean, who again brings his masterful artistic creativity to the album's cover art and packaging.
 
To coincide with the release of HEAVEN & EARTH, the multi-platinum progressive rock band--bassist CHRIS SQUIRE, guitarist STEVE HOWE, drummer ALAN WHITE, keyboardist GEOFF DOWNES and singer JON DAVISON'will spend the summer on a 35-date tour featuring YES performing, in their entirety, 1971's groundbreaking album FRAGILE for the first-time ever and a repeat performance from last year's tour of 1972's CLOSE TO THE EDGE, followed by an encore of the band's greatest hits and music from the new album. For a full list of tour dates and ticket info; visit: http://tinyurl.com/p9zlr77.
 
 

  

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