Prog rockers Yes announce 50th anniversary tour with stops in Detroit and Grand Rapids

When you've endured as much as prog-rock pioneers Yes, a golden anniversary is worth celebrating — and that's exactly what they intend to do.

"An Evening with Yes" will honor the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees 50th anniversary and will celebrate 21 studio records and countless live recordings that have solidified them as integral threads in the tapestry that is rock 'n' roll. The lineup will include Steve Howe (guitarist since '70), Alan White (drums since '72), Geoff Downes (keyboards, joined in '80), and will be led by Billy Sherwood who joined in the '90s and took over bass and vocals after frontman Chris Squire's death in 2015.

"Each night we are pausing to reflect on Chris' importance to Yes, his desire that we should continue to share Yes music on stages worldwide, and the specific dedication of 'Onward' to his huge memory," White said of the tour in a release.

"I'm so grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to celebrating our 50th Anniversary in America. It has been a great ride!"

The 30-plus date tour kicks off June 5 and will visit Grand Rapids' 20 Monroe Live on Friday, June 29 and Detroit's Fox Theatre on Saturday, June 30. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 6 via or by visiting

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