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YES / Styx - July 11, 2011

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Come sail away for a musical journey taking you close to the edge as Styx and Yes partner for the “Progressive U.S. Tour” beginning the first week of July. http://YES.jonesbeach.com

With both bands representing a combined total of more than 80 years of prog-rock, we wouldn’t blame you if you’re not totally up-to-speed on each group’s lineup. These days Styx features Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young on vocals and guitars, Lawrence Gowan on vocals and keyboards and a rhythm section spotlighting Todd Sucherman on drums and bassist Ricky Phillips. There is also the possibility that original bassist Chuck Panozzo might make an appearance or two during the U.S. run.

The Yes lineup for the “Progressive U.S. Tour” differs somewhat from past shows. While bassist/co-founder Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White and vocalist Benoit David are on board for this trip, there will not be a Wakeman in sight. While Oliver Wakeman is scheduled to play with the band later this year, the U.S. tour will have Yes reuniting with keyboardist Geoff Downes.


YES—The Legendary, Grammy® Award winning prog-rock band that has defined many a generation -- will be on tour in support of their new album FLY FROM HERE on Frontiers Records releasing July 12th. YES features a lineup of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White, and lead singer Benoit David. YES will be reuniting with keyboard player Geoff Downes for this tour.

STYX--Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo—has an unmistakable sound all their own, and they continue to prove that they’re one of the hardest working bands in the music world thanks to a vigorous tour schedule that keeps them constantly on the road all across the globe.

“We are excited to have STYX on tour with us. I consider them to be in the vein of YES and the cutting edge of prog-rock in America,” says YES founder/bassist Chris Squire. "When I first heard YES, I knew that the music world was forever changed,” says STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw. “They took progressive rock to a place that had never been expressed in such an impressive yet accessible way. Who among you didn't make it a point to learn the acoustic guitar intro to ‘Roundabout?’ We're very excited to tour with them for the very first time." FLY FROM HERE is the first album YES has recorded for close to a decade and was produced by the legendary Trevor Horn in the spirit that YES was founded. The return of Horn along with the Maestro’s that make up YES has brought back the fluid freedom that their music’s ingenuity is best known for. YES holds a shrewd insight and creative vision that challenges audiences as they stretch the boundaries of music.

STYX is currently putting the finishing touches on REGENERATION, VOLUME 2, the follow-up to 2010’s seven-song EP, REGENERATION, VOLUME 1, which contains six newly re-recorded classics--"Come Sail Away,” "Crystal Ball," "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Lorelei,” “The Grand Illusion” and “Sing For The Day”—and a brand new track, “Difference In The World.” The track listing for REGENERATION, VOLUME 2 is: “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Queen of Spades,” “Coming Of Age” (Damn Yankees), “High Enough” (Damn Yankees), “Snowblind,” “Miss America.” Both volumes will be available for sale at every stop along the tour route.

 


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