Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Legendary UK progressive rockers YES perform at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton Monday, February 8th at 8PM

As a dominant force in music for more than four decades, YES has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, stretching the boundaries of progressive art-rock with their dynamic instrumental contrasts and abstract lyrics. Their symphonic use of sound and innovative musical styles have stood the test of time and assured their place as one of the most successful groups in rock history even as they add new and younger fans to their following.

Yes formed in 1968 by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson from a mutual interest in vocal harmonies and classical song structure. Adding drummer Bill Bruford, guitarist Peter Banks and keyboardist Tony Kaye, the newly minted YES, earned a residency at the famed London venue The Marquee Club, where they played with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. Their eponymous debut hit in 1969.

Guitarist Steve Howe, who came from British psychedelic band Tomorrow and went on to play in Asia and GTR, brought an experimental edge to YES for 1970’s The Yes Album, their first to top the UK charts. Drummer Alan White, who had been hand-picked to play on John Lennon’s “Imagine” and George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass,” joined in 1972. YES then went on to conquer America and played at some of the largest paid attendance concerts of all time, including JFK Stadium in Philadelphia in 1976 to a crowd of over 130,000 people.

Original members Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White. Plus Oliver Wakeman (son of Rick) on keyboards, and Benoit David on vocals.

YES perform at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton Monday, February 8th at 8PM. Tickets are available at Northampton Box Office (NBO) at 76 Main St., by phone at 413-586-8686, and online at IHEG.com. Click here to buy tickets now.

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