Billed as “The Album Series: Drama + Topographic 1 & 4,” YES will perform Friday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. The tour will feature the 1980 album “Drama” performed in its entirety, for the first time ever, and sides one and four of 1973’s double album “Tales from Topographic Oceans,” plus a selection of their greatest hits.
“We are proud to present the American public with forward-looking albums from the past,” guitarist Steve Howe of the iconic and influential band, said. “Promoting ‘Drama’ at Madison Square Garden on multi-nights was a career milestone in 1980, and we are especially looking forward to performing both the opening and closing sides to ‘Topographic Oceans.’”
Adds keyboardist Geoff Downes, “One minute, Trevor Horn and I were in The Buggles, the next we joined Yes, then we were in Madison Square Garden playing ‘Drama.’”
Expresses drummer Alan White, “We really hit the ground running with ‘Topographic Oceans,’ my first recorded album with Yes. It pushed boundaries of music and went to number 1 in the UK.”
The 1980 album “Drama”—the band’s tenth studio album—marked a new sound and more aggressive direction for YES with the use of modern keyboards and a vocoder. The album peaked at #2 in the UK and #18 in the US and features the single “Into the Lens.” Released as a double album in December 1973, “Tales from Topographic Oceans” is a concept album comprised of four interlocking pieces, ranging between 18 and 22 minutes, and drummer Alan White’s first release with YES. As the band’s sixth studio album, “Tales from Topographic Oceans” reached #1 in the UK for two weeks where it was the first UK album to qualify for Gold certification based on pre-orders and peaked at #6 in the US.
Following the album performances, YES—Steve Howe (guitar), Jon Davison (vocals), Alan White (drums), Billy Sherwood (bass) and Geoff Downes (keyboard)—will also perform a selection of their greatest hits.
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. for $49.50 and $69.50 and can be purchased at SilverLegacy.com or by calling 775-325-7401.