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Yes with Very Special Guest Procol Harum

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012« view all past events

Grammy award winning, ground-breaking progressive rock band YES will return to the road this summer. The band will perform 24 very special live concerts kicking off July 13th at the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Atlantic City and concluding August 21st at the Pepsi Center in Mexico City with more dates to be announced. YES features a line-up of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and new lead singer Jon Davison. One of the greatest rock bands of all time, YES’ live show is not to be missed. Special guest Procol Harum will also perform. For all on-sale and ticketing information go to www.yesworld.com. YES meet & greet and VIP packages are also available, please visit http://vipnation.com for details.“There aren’t many bands that can say that they’ve had the kind of relationship like the one that we’ve had with our fans. They’ve continued to come to see us play and have always been an integral part of our journey. We’re excited to be starting a new chapter with an extraordinary talent – Jon Davison – a brilliant vocalist who takes over as our lead singer. We’re really happy to have him and we can’t wait for everyone to hear YES this summer,” said the band in a statement.Known for such classics as “Roundabout,” which consistently appears on “the best songs of all-time” lists, #1 hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, “I’ve Seen All Good People”, “Tempus Fugit”, “Long Distance Runaround”, and “Starship Trooper”, YES have certainly left their mark on rock ‘n’ roll history. The show will feature unforgettable music from the band’s hugely successful catalogue. YES will perform music from hit albums such as Drama, Fragile, Close to the Edge, 90125 and the band’s new release Fly From Here.Redefining rock music for more than four decades, YES has sold over 50 million albums, reaching platinum status worldwide, and have become one of the most popular concert attractions of all time. Inspiring millions across the world to pick up instruments over the years, YES’ innovative and evolving one of a kind musical style has made the band’s sound a genre unto itself.

PROCOL HARUM Neither the monumental success of Procol’s first smash hit ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ nor their recently awarded accolade of ‘most played single of the past seventy-five years’ has stopped the need to go forward. Along with the release of a new live album and additional work on studio material, Procol Harum will link up with ‘Yes” for a summer of 2012 U.S. Tour.Singer/pianist/composer Gary Brooker is most famous as the founding member of Procol Harum, along with lyricist Keith Reid; yet music fans have also appreciated his excellent work with such artists as George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Kate Bush, Wings, Mickey Jupp and even Lonnie Donegan.Below decks lies a purring engine of a rhythm section in the hands of bassist Matt Pegg, who joined Procol in 1993. Following the footsteps of his father (Fairport’s Dave Pegg) Matt toured with Jethro Tull, and currently plays with folk-rock supergroup The Gathering, as well as collaborating with Francis Dunnery, Chris Difford of Squeeze, and The Stone Roses’ Ian Brown.GeoffDunn (the new boy) in the hot seat at the back – having been the driving force with such luminaries as Jimmy Page, Dave Stewart, Van Morrison and Manfred Mann – has fitted in well, bringing his own personality to the Procol catalogue, contributing added excitement for band and audience alike.Josh Phillips started deputising on the Hammond for Procol in 1993 but has been in full charge since 2004. His career started in 1979, with a long and fruitful association with Pete Townsend. His ‘office job’ is writing TV music (with ex-Chris Evans producer Dan McGrath) such as the award-winning theme-tune for the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing (‘Dancing with the Stars’); for live work he is busy dividing his time between Procol Harum, Midge Ure and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.Last, but never least,we have twenty-year veteran Geoff Whitehorn who, since filling the sizeable boots of Paul Kossoff in BackStreet Crawler, has supplied lead guitar by appointment to the British rockaristocracy in the form of Roger Chapman, Elkie Brooks, Paul Rodgers and Roger Daltrey, to name but a few.The quality of writing and performance has remained Procol Harum’s gold standard through thegradually-mutating line-ups: each participating musician has kept the ideasflowing and prevented Procol Harum from resting on their laurels. In 2011, the band was back in the studio aswell as performing more live concerts with the orchestra, which Procol pioneered as far back as 1969. This year, more work is being done towards the new album with more Orchestral concerts planned for both Scandinavia and Europe in 2013. The planned album release will be dependent upon finding enough time away from touring to complete it.Over the past couple of years, Procol have released ten re-mastered CD albums, and the 2CD anthology Secrets of the Hive (all generally available in Europe, and sourceable on import). Their DVDs In Concert with the Danish National Concert Orchestra and Live at Union Chapel have been widely acclaimed, together with a special 4-disc CD/DVD box-set compendium – aptly entitled All This and More – featuring 68 of the band’s many unique compositions: Classic Rock magazine was prompted to observe, ‘it’s small wonder The Who’s Tommy and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody can be traced to Procol’s influence’. It could be termed a plethora of Procol.Procol’s undeniably illustrious pedigree guarantees them a golden future. The secret of the band’s continuing success, Brooker firmly believes, is the material: “We don’t do pop songs as such. Procol Harum is a soul and blues band who have these other influences because of the people who are there. A Whiter Shade of Pale wouldn’t have been such a big hit, nor A Salty Dog or many other songs, unless they’d had soul.”Brooker is still happy performing Procol’s classic hits and crowd-pleasers, yet there is always a mix of new or rare songs on the setlist to titillate the legion of fans who follow the band more than casually. And the material – never written with fashion in mind – has never dated. “Take (1974’s) As Strong as Samson, which is to do with the problems of war: the words are just as relevant now. And Holding On from (1991’s) The Prodigal Stranger, that was written during the Gulf War: put it on again today – the world hasn’t changed.” Or listen to the prophetic message of The Wall Street Blues written in 2002 and understand that this is a band who keeps you thinking as well as entertaining.So while you wait for the new Procol Harum studio album, you can download “MMX” the live album taken from their 2010 concerts, which will be available at 320kbps through ‘Beyond the Pale’, (www.procolharum.com). Keep watching ITunes for news of the new digital download (at their normal spec), and also for the re-mastered catalogue albums, Grand Hotel, Exotic Birds and Fruit, Procol’s Ninth and Something Magic – each including a number of bonus tracks, some previously unreleased.Procol Harum rocks on, in all their splendour, a galleon in full sail and soul.

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