Saturday, October 15, 2016

Yes Welcome Back Alan White, Touring Japan, Prepping For Cruise To The Edge

Yes will welcome drummer Alan White back for their Japanese tour next month. White sat out the band's U.S. summer tour due to back surgery, and Jay Schellen, a friend, took over drumming duties. Schellen will travel to Japan and sit in until White is fully healed.

White says he's "looking forward to getting back on stage with my band mates to play Yes music once again for our devoted audiences."

The six-date Japanese trek, beginning November 21 in Tokyo, will feature Yes performing the 1973 album Yessongs, the band's first live album, as well as sides one and four of 1973's double album Tales From Topographic Oceans, which received rave reviews throughout their 28-date U.S. outing this summer (See's Yes report).

In Japan, Yes will perform at the Tokyo Orchard Hall on November 21, 22, 28 and 29, the Osaka Orix Theater on November 24, and Zepp Nagoya on November 25.

In other Yes news, Tales From Topographic Oceans: Expanded Edition, featuring Steven Wilson remixes, was released October 7 in two configurations: one Blu-Ray Disc and three CDs, and two DVDs and two CDs. The fifth in a series of expended Yes editions, the expanded Tales includes 5.1 surround mixes, new stereo mixes and high-resolution stereo mixes of the original music as well as extra material. Both editions feature restored artwork overseen and approved by Roger Dean, with an expanded booklet containing new sleeve-notes, photos and archive material.

In early 2017, Yes will once again host and headline the 4th annual Cruise To The Edge. Set for February 7-11, the prog music festival at sea will set sail out of Tampa, Florida aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of The Seas visiting Cozumel, Mexico and featuring over 20 artist performances including Yes (with White fully on drums), Kansas, Steve Hackett, Mike Portnoy, John Wetton, Patrick Moraz, Bad Dreams, and many more.

A limited number of cabins remain; go to to book a spot and to access additional information, including the full lineup, itinerary, pricing and ship details.