Incoming: Yes, Asia to Uptown

Someone order 40-year-old prog? Yes (est. 1968) is coming to town, playing the Uptown on July 14 with support from Asia (bet they chose ’em in the heat of the moment, yuk yuk). This lineup of Yes includes original members Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass) and Alan White (drums), but singer Jon Anderson has been replaced by new guy Benoit David. Rick Wakeman’s son, Oliver, handles the keys.

Says the press release:

The group will perform selections from hit albums like Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans and 90125 along with audience favorites like “Roundabout,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “I’ve Seen All Good People” and “Yours Is No Disgrace,” just some of the enduring classics that have made YES one of the most influential and groundbreaking groups in rock & roll.

This time around, Howe, Squire and White are also pulling out some rarely performed chestnuts, like 1980’s “Machine Messiah” and “Siberian Khatru,” expertly sung by David, a Montreal, Quebec, native and vocalist in several YES tribute groups, discovered by the band on the Internet. His ability to channel Anderson’s distinctive singing voice has added an extra treat for true fans.

JUST. SHIT. PANTS. Remember the Canadian radio guy who recently felt the wrath of Billy Bob? He SO interviewed the new Yes vocalist on the same show. (Turns out the guy was in a Yes tribute band.) Whatever the Canadian version of the Peabody award is, this guy should get it.

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