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My friend Kim took this video of the Foo Fighters covering “Tom Sawyer” by Rush with current Yes vocalist Jon Davison at the Honda Center last night! A trifecta of proggy goodness!

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The YES concert was literally the best night of my whole entire life. Seeing them so clearly from the third row was insane. Screaming the lyrics from every song. I was right in front of Chris Squire and I’m pretty sure he made eye contact with me a couple of times and I wanted to cry. Then meeting with them and talking to them and taking pictures was amazing. I never thought I would meet my idols.
And I leaned Steve hates shaking hands and he refuses to sign any musical instrument or instrument piece and Chris is the nicest guy in the world and I’m in love with him even more then before.

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Yes- Heaven & Earth- Believe Again (Sample)

The sample from the new Yes album seems pretty nice! Can’t wait for it! :)

We’re all cowboys now… camaraderie at an all-time high… playin’ a foot-stompin’ show for our good down-home country-style friends in Calgary! #yestheband #yesshows #calgary #whitehat #yahoo #alberta #smithbilt #heartwarming #handshaking #footstomping #downhome #countrystyle #WesternSpirit #WesternHospitality #love #cowboys #havingfun

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SKY CRIES MARY - “LAND OF ALL” (Small Town -2007)

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So……does anyone remember a time when a great local (for me) band had a bassist named “Juano” that most people didn’t even know existed?

Yep, that’s Juano……Jon Davison…..of Yes and Glass Hammer, playing bass.  

ProgTracks Note:  Just more proof for my belief that there is so much great talent out there that is ‘under the radar’….you simply have to look a bit closer to discover it.  So if you got to this post only because of the “Yes” tag, please resolve to expand your Prog horizons this year; you’ll thank yourself for doing so.  [steps down from the pulpit….]

OK, OK, back to Sky Cries Mary:  You really should check out their back catalog - there’s some great stuff.  Might I suggest my favorite - “This Timeless Turning” from 1994?  And when you do, I think you’ll be amazed that Anisa Romero didn’t make it big as well.

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The Musicians:  Roderick Romero / vocals; Anisa Romero / vocals; Ben Ireland / drums, percussion, keyboards; Michael Cozzi / guitars, keyboards, programming; Juano / bass, keyboards, guitars; William Bernhard / guitars, keyboards, programming

Prog-rock kings Yes play Fragile in its entirety for summer 2014 concert tour

Prog-rock band Yes is mounting a summer 2014 tour with a unique theme: The 35-date excursion will feature the band performing its groundbreaking 1971 album Fragile in its entirety for the first time.

The concert tour includes a stop in Grand Prairie at Verizon Theatre on Wednesday, August 6.

The band will also perform in its entirety the 1972 album Close to the Edge. They’ll follow that with an encore consisting of their greatest hits and tracks from a new album, Heaven and Earth, which comes out July 8.

Yes started the “album-in-its-entirety” theme on its 2013 tour when it performed three classic albums in one concert: The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Going for the One.

The tour begins in the Northeast on July 8 in Boston, then crosses through the Midwest and down into the South. It ends on the West Coast, wrapping August 24 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

The current lineup includes bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and singer Jon Davison.

Fragile was considered to be Yes’ breakthrough album in America. It peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Album and has sold more than 2 million copies. It had some of their most memorable hits, including “Roundabout,” “Long Distance Runaround” and “Heart of the Sunrise.”

It also marked their first collaboration with artist Roger Dean on the cover; Dean has designed most of the band’s album covers and logos.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 28, with special packages such as near-stage seating and a band meet-and-greet.

Spend “An Evening with Yes” this summer in the following cities:

Tue 7/8 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Wed 7/9 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall

Fri 7/11 Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre

Sat 7/12 Westbury, NY NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Sun 7/13 Newport, RI Newport Yachting Center

Tue 7/15 Washington, DC Warner Theatre

Wed 7/16 Hampton, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

Fri 7/18 Salamanca, NY Seneca Allegany Casino

Sat 7/19 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater

Sun 7/20 Munhall, PA Carnegie Music Hall

Tue 7/22 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook

Wed 7/23 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Live Northfield Park

Fri 7/25 Madison, WI Overture Hall

Sat 7/26 Chicago, IL Copernicus Center

Mon 7/28 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium

Tue 7/29 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace

Wed 7/30 Atlanta, GA Symphony Hall

Fri 8/1 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live

Sat 8/2 St. Petersburg, FL Mahaffey Theater

Sun 8/3 Orlando, FL Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre

Tue 8/5 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center

Wed 8/6 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

Thu 8/7 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

Sat 8/9 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre

Sun 8/10 TBA

Tue 8/12 Mesa, AZ Ikeda Theatre at Mesa Arts Center

Wed 8/13 Albuquerque, NM Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino

Fri 8/15 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Sat 8/16 Anaheim, CA City National Grove of Anaheim

Mon 8/18 San Diego, CA Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay

Tue 8/19 San Jose, CA City National Civic

Thu 8/21 Tulalip, WA Tulalip Amphitheatre

Fri 8/22 Grand Ronde, OR Spirit Mountain Casino

Sat 8/23 Lincoln, CA Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Sun 8/24 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre