In the spring of 2004, prog legends Yes hit the road in America to celebrate their 35th anniversary, playing marathon sets that mixed hits (“Roundabout,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart”) with fan favorites from the Seventies (“Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Going for the One”) and Eighties (“Rhythm of Love.”) Nobody knew it at the time, but this would be the last chance to see the band with keyboardist Rick Wakeman and frontman Jon Anderson, as both left the band not long after the tour ended.
Either way, cameras were rolling when the tour touched down at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts, on May 15th, 2004, and the result is Songs From Tsongas – The 35th Anniversary Concert, which comes out September 23rd on Blu-Ray, DVD and CD. As a bonus, the set will also feature selections from a tour stop in Lugano, Switzerland. Above, watch the band perform “Your Move/All Good People,” their breakthrough American hit, in an exclusive clip from the film.
After completing the 35th anniversary tour, the group took a long break. They originally planned on returning with Anderson in 2008, but the singer’s respiratory problems lead to the cancellation of dates. Tired of waiting, they eventually hit the road with Benoît David, the former singer of a Canadian Yes tribute band. They parted ways with David in 2012 in favor of Jon Davison, who remains their singer to this day.
Yes continue to tour heavily, often playing their 1970s albums Close to the Edge and Fragile straight through, but fans long to see Anderson return to the fold. “I’ve never closed the idea on working with Jon again,” Yes bassist Chris Squire told Rolling Stone last year. “It would probably have to be some sort of specialty kind of set, a limited engagement kind of thing … It also depends on how he feels about it.”
In a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, Anderson refused to rule out a reunion. “If we ever get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame we’ll all get together,” he said. “We’ll give each other a hug and let bygones be bygones.”