Yes announces “The Royal Affair Tour” with Asia, ELP’s Carl Palmer, and more

The 26-city jaunt also promises John Lodge of The Moody Blues

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Yes, photo by Gottlieb Bros.

    Last summer, the prog-rock icons of YES celebrated their 50th anniversary with their extensive “#YES50” US tour. Now, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have announced plans for a new summer outing dubbed “The Royal Affair Tour”.

    Over the course of 26 dates, YES will share the stage with a number of other iconic British rock acts with a deep connection to their band. Asia, which originally featured YES’ Steve Howe and Geoff Downes, will reunite with Howe to pay tribute to founding member John Wetton. Additionally, another former Asia member, Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Carl Palmer, will take under the moniker “ELP Legacy” with guest vocals by Arthur Brown. The bill also promises John Lodge performing classic Moody Blues tracks.

    As has been the case since 2015, the current iteration of Yes consists of longtime members Howe, Downes, and Alan White alongside vocalist Jon Davison, guitarist/keyboardist Billy Sherwood, and percussionist Jay Schellen.


    The early summer jaunt begins in mid-June, with dates across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. At the start of July, the group heads to the Midwest, with shows in Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan before heading south. After a three-night run in Florida, the bands will work their way to California to close the tour. Watch the official promo video and find the full itinerary below.

    Tickets to a majority of the shows go on sale Friday, April 5th. You can get tickets here.

    “The Royal Affair” 2019 Tour Dates:
    06/12 – Bethlehem, PA @ Bethlehem Event Center
    06/14 – Farmingdale, NY @ Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater
    06/15 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
    06/16 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
    06/20 – Westchester, NY @ Westchester County Center
    06/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
    06/22 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavillion
    06/24 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
    06/25 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheater
    06/27 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
    06/29 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
    06/30 – Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park
    07/03 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
    07/05 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live
    07/06 – Aurora, IL @ RiverEdge Park
    07/08 – Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
    07/10 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
    07/12 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
    07/13 – Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
    07/18 – St Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
    07/20 – Irving, TX @ Toyota Music Factory
    07/21 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
    07/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
    07/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
    07/27 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoints Amphitheatre
    07/28 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery