Photos – Yes at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, Sept 5 2017
– photos by Jessica Vandergulik
Yes at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Todd Rundgren opened.
Vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford formed the band in London in 1968. They enjoyed a run of successful albums, including The Yes Album (1971), Fragile (1971), and Close to the Edge (1972). The band is known as pioneering both the sound of prog-rock and the sights. Their elaborate stage shows included sets and light displays, and Roger Dean designed their striking album covers. The success of the Fragile single “Roundabout” is a classic-rock radio staple.
The band broke up in 1981 but reformed with a different lineup two years later. The result was 90125 (1983), their highest-selling album. It featured the MTV hit and U.S. number-one single, “Owner of a Lonely Heart”.
The current North American Yestival Tour includes at least one song from each album from Yes to Drama. Howe’s son Dylan has joined the band as a second drummer.