Yes Team With Asia For Super-Prog Summer Tour

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The proggiest tour of all time, Yes with special guests Asia, is hitting the road this summer. For prog fans the enormous implications of this tour are quite clear. For others, imagine Wings opening up for the Beatles or the Justice League taking up music and hitting the road. It's that big. Steve Howe, who plays guitar in both groups, will be doing double duty during the show. Also onstage will be members of King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer, the Buggles, two others members of Yes, the son of former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman and the lead singer of a Yes cover band.

As ludicrous as all this sounds, think back to the winter of 1983. Asia's debut single "The Heat of The Moment" had been all over the radio for a year, and Yes had just reformed and released "Owner Of A Lonely Heart." Meanwhile, Genesis and Rush had been scoring massive hits with songs about 1/3 the length of their 1970s work. Prog had gone pop and the American public couldn't have loved it more. Needless to say, the bands not led by Phil Collins soon found it impossible to land songs on the radio and the whole thing fizzled. The intensely loyal prog audience (particularly in the case of Rush) has allowed these bands to tour ever since — but to the best of my knowledge a supergroup has never opened up for the group it spawned from. It's practically a prog paradox. Tour dates below:

June 26 - Indio, CA @ Fantasy Springs Casino
June 27 - Las Vegas, NV @ Thomas & Mack Center
June 30 - Snoqualmie, WA @ Snoqualmie Casino
July 2 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
July 3 - Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
July 7 - Los Angeles @ Gibson Amphitheatre at City Walk
July 8 - San Diego @ Humphrey's
July 9 - Phoenix @ Dodge
July 12 - Denver @ Paramount Theatre
July 14 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
July 15 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Bass Music Center
July 16 - Muskegee, OK @ Civic Center
July 18 - Walker, MN @ Moondance Jam
July 20 - Detroit @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 21 - Pittsburgh @ Chevrolet Amphitheatre
July 22 - Glen Allen, VA @ Insbrook Pavilion
July 23 - National Harbour, MD @ Sunset Concerts
July 25 - Cohassett, MA @ South Shore Music Circus
July 26 - Jackson, NJ @ Great Adventure Amphitheatre
July 28 - Philadelphia @ Tower Theatre
July 29 - Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
July 31 - Westbury, NY @ Theatre at Westbury
Aug. 1 - Jamestown, NY @ Savings Bank Arena
Aug. 2 - Bethlehem, PA @ Muskfest

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