Steve Howe Wanted 3-Album Yes Tour For Years
Yes guitarist Steve Howe is delighted the band will play three albums a night on their upcoming US tour – because he’s wanted to do it for years.
Last week they announced a series of dates starting on March 1, in which they’ll perform The Yes Album, Close To The Edge and Going For The One in full.
It’s the first time since 1973 the band will have delivered an entire record during a gig – but if it had been up to Howe it would have happened much sooner.
He tells Noisecreep: “It’s been floating around for a bit, actually. I was pushing for it years ago so it’s been kicking around.
“As a band we thought it would be nice to put all of these albums, which are very near and dear to us, in their full and proper context. The flow will all be intact, which was important back when albums mattered; back when people actually sat and listened all the way through a long-form piece of work.
“We haven’t really done something like this since the days of Tales From Topographic Oceans, when we would play everything in sequence. Since we got back together in 2008 we have had a more linear view about what we’ve wanted to play, and so the culmination of this tour is truly exciting for all of us.”
For many music fans, Yes will be one of the first bands that come to mind when the word “prog” is mentioned. Howe reflects it wasn’t always the case.
He says: “The idea of ‘prog’ is something today with a built-in stigma – which is inappropriate, I think.
“As far as what we do, I called it ‘soft rock’ back then, which was accurate. I was listening to Going for the One and we play in a mid-range, a really nice space that is not heavy at all and has real depth to it.
“In the interim after we came out, beside soft rock, then you had orchestral rock, classical rock, graphic rock – so many kinds of rock before ‘prog’ became such a well-know term.
“But I love a lot of the music that gets called ‘prog’ today. It’s very complex, intense, and played by very talented musicians.”