Yes is preparing to hit the road for a unique tour that will feature the veteran prog-rockers performing three of their studio albums in their entirety at nearly every show. The band will be playing 1971's The Yes Album , 1972's Close to the Edge and 1977's Going for the One throughout the trek, which is scheduled to get under way on March 1 in West Wendover, Nevada.
The tour will mark the first time Yes has performed any of its albums in full since 1973, but guitarist Steve Howe says if he'd had his way, the group would have mounted a similar outing a long time ago.
"I was pushing for it years ago so it's been kicking around," he explains to Noisecreep . "But 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."
He notes that the band will be playing the albums' tracks in the exact order in which they appeared on the recordings, which, he maintains was important "back when people actually sat and listened all the way through a long form piece of work."
While Yes is among the first artists many music fans think of when they hear the term "prog rock," Howe points out that during the band's earlier days, he referred to the group's music as "soft rock." He adds that other terms were coined to describe the style of music -- including "orchestral rock, classical rock [and] graphic rock" -- before the use of "prog rock" became widespread. He admits that nowadays, however, "I love a lot of the music that gets called prog."
In the midst of Yes' "triple-header" tour, the band will participate in the inaugural prog-themed Cruise to the Edge. The Caribbean voyage, which will run from March 25 to March 30, also will feature performances from ex- Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett ; The Carl Palmer Band , featuring the founding Emerson, Lake & Palmer / Asia drummer; U.K. , the prog-rock supergroup fronted by Asia/ King Crimson singer/bassist John Wetton ; Tangerine Dream ; and Nektar . A new video promoting the cruise can be viewed online now.