JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN And RICK WAKEMAN Unite / Reunite To Form ANDERSON, RABIN & WAKEMAN (ARW); An Evening Of YES Music & More Tour Announced
May 12, 2016, 5 years ago
Long-time YES fans, rejoice! Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman are proud to announce that after a hiatus of 25 years, they are to reform the definitive YES lineup as Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman (ARW).
Since they last played together in 1990 on the highly successful YES Union Tour, there have been various hybrid versions of the band. However, none featured the iconic voice of Jon Anderson, the outstanding guitar talent of Trevor Rabin, and the keyboard wizardry of Rick Wakeman. The aim of the band will be to restore the standard of excellence in performance that they established with their 1990 shows - which saw YES members past and present come together for the first (and only) time of the legendary band's career.
"To be able to sing and perform with Rick and Trevor at this time in my life is a treasure beyond words," explains Jon. "I'm so excited to create new music and revisit some of the classic work we created many years ago, it's going to be a musical adventure on so many new levels."
"Trevor and I have wanted to play Yes music together since the Union Tour," adds Rick. "And as for so many of us, there is no Yes music without Jon. The 'Holy Trinity of Yes' is for me, very much a dream come true."
The most successful prog rock group of all time, YES was founded by Jon Anderson in 1968 and went on to sell millions of units with releases such as Fragile, Close to The Edge, Tales From Topographic Oceans, Going For The One and 90125, as well as embarking on several record-breaking world tours.
While Rick is associated with the '70s "prog era" of the band (which saw YES become a worldwide stadium headliner) and Trevor associated with the '80s "pop era" of the band (which furthered the band's popularity - including the band's biggest chart success), Jon is the bridge between both factions (as he was a member of both eras).
Not content to rest on past glory, Jon, Trevor and Rick are working on new songs, which are currently being recorded. The band will make its live debut in North America in October/November, followed by the Rest of the World in 2017.
The worldwide ARW Tour is being produced by legendary concert promoter Larry Magid, who is considered an architect and leader of the modern concert business. With over 16,000 concerts to his credit and still counting, he has produced national and international tours for Yes, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Earth Wind & Fire, Il Divo, The Allman Brothers Band, Patti LaBelle, Grover Washington Jr. and many others. In 1985 Larry Magid co-produced the American portion of Live Aid and in 2005 he was the producer of Live 8.
The following are confirmed dates, and on-sales for each market will be announced soon. Additional dates may be added:
4 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
6 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Casino
7 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
9 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
10 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
15 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
16 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
19 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
21 - Wallingford, CT - Toyota Oakdale Theatre
22 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
24 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theater
26 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
28 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Event Center
29 - Akron, OH - Goodyear Theater at East End
1 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
2 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall
4 - New Buffalo, MI - Four Winds Casino
5 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
7 - Nashville, TN - Schermerhorn Symphony Center
9 - St Louis, MO - Fox Theatre
11 - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre
12 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre
14 - Austin, TX - ACL at the Moody Theater
16 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Capitol Theater
19 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl
20 - Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre
22 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum
25 - San Francisco, CA - Masonic
For tour, tickets and VIP info, head to this location.