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Yes, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, Georgia

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From the summer of 1968 until present time the English rock band Yes has amazed music lovers of all ages with their symphonic rock sounds. Delivering a progressive rock masterpiece is still a walk in the park for the band and they show no signs of that changing anytime soon.   In the lobby of the Symphony Hall fans lined up at wine tables giddy with excitement. They exchanged stories about seeing the band live over the years and discussing the current line-up. One fan in particular stood out in the crowd. While most were wearing vintage Yes T-shirts or…

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Halo Tora, The New Crown, Merthyr Tydfil

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Interview and a live show: Tonight I’m in Merthryr Tydfil to catch up with Halo Tora. I’d seen them before two years ago at the resonance festival, but this time it was the first UK gig after returning from their European tour, that took in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Halo Tora hail from the Glasgow area and feature the strong twin guitar combination, and vocals of Chris Alexander and Ian McCall, ably joined on bass duties by Mark Young, Chris McKeown providing the beat, and Ryan Connery playing keys. The venue tonight is a new one for me, The…

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Interview: Yes Keyboardist Geoff Downes

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There is a real buzz of excitement around the widely anticipated UK and European tour that Yes are about to embark on. After all, the Grammy award-winning progressive rock band have been wowing their fans for forty-eight years and are about to head out and perform two of their most iconic albums in their entirety; the highly acclaimed album Fragile and for the first time ever Drama. Having sold tens of millions of records over their four-decade career, this double-album tour will be yet another achievement to add to the bands repertoire, who are known for their esoteric lyrics, complex,…

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Seminal prog pioneers YES has announced an extensive UK and European tour!

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Seminal prog pioneers YES has announced an extensive UK and European tour for April 2016. The band will be performing 1971’s ‘Fragile’ and 1980’s ‘Drama’ in their entirety, the latter for the very first time, plus other seminal tracks including ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ and ‘Starship Trooper’. ‘Most of the songs haven’t been performed in some 30 years’ – said Steve Howe. ‘Fragile and Drama mark two essential chapters of our career and we’re looking forward to share the whole journeys with our fans throughout Europe’. ‘Reliving those years will be very emotional’ – adds drummer Alan White –…

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