The Yes Album Tour

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The Yes Album Tour
World tour by Yes
Location Europe, North America
Associated album The Yes Album
Start date 17 July 1970
End date 31 July 1971
Legs 3
Shows 164
Yes concert chronology
The Yes Album Tour
(1970–71)
Fragile Tour
(1971–72)

The Yes Album Tour was a concert tour by progressive rock band Yes. Though it began more than six months before its release, the tour was named after the band's third studio album. Lasting from 17 July 1970 until 31 July 1971, and including 164 performances,[1] the tour began at the Lyceum in London—Steve Howe's first performance with the band[2]—and ended at the Crystal Palace Bowl, also in London—Tony Kaye's last performance with the band before his 13-year absence.[3][4]

Overview[edit]

The tour saw the band play concerts in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy, Canada, and the United States over three legs—a European leg, a North American leg and a single-show return to the United Kingdom.[3] Many of the American shows were shared with Iron Butterfly. Phil Carson, then-European General Manager of Atlantic Records,[5] decided that as Iron Butterfly could attract enough of an audience to fill the venues on their tour, it would be good exposure for Yes as he was trying to break them into the American market at the time.[6]

Steve Howe's performance of "Clap" at the London Lyceum on 17 July 1970 was recorded and included on The Yes Album as the second track.[7]

Reception[edit]

Writing in Melody Maker in review of the group's shows[nb 1] on 31 October 1970 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Chris Welch described Howe as "stealing the show", Bruford as a "proverbial tower of strength", and Anderson as "simple but emotive".[8]

Members[edit]

The line-up for the tour unchanged throughout its duration, and was the fifth incarnation of Yes.[9] Steve Howe joined the band two months previously—all concerts during May and June were cancelled while the band found a replacement—and Tony Kaye was replaced by Rick Wakeman shortly after the tour ended in time for rehearsal sessions for Fragile.[10]

Set list[edit]

For this tour, the various sets included "Astral Traveller", "Yours Is No Disgrace", "All Good People", and "America". The concerts also featured two instrumentals—Howe's "Clap" and his duet with Squire, "A Bass Odyssey".[11]

Tour dates[edit]

On various dates of the tour, Yes were supported by Black Sabbath,[2] Uriah Heep,[2] Supertramp,[2] Deep Purple,[2] Wishbone Ash,[2] The Strawbs,[11] Iron Butterfly,[11] Queen,[12] and Jethro Tull.[12] At other performances, such as festivals, the band shared the bill with Pink Floyd[2] and Elton John.[4]

Beginning with the 1971 dates (when Yes began to be supported by Iron Butterfly), ticket prices were set at 10s[11]—approximately £10 ($16 USD) in 2012.

European leg[edit]

Date City Country
17 July 1970 London United Kingdom
19 July 1970 Redcar
24 July 1970 London
26 July 1970 Croydon
31 July 1970 Plymouth
2 August 1970 Croydon
9 August 1970 Plumpton
14 August 1970 Leytonstone
16 August 1970 Barkisland
18 August 1970 London
21 August 1970 Devon
22 August 1970 Dagenham
29 August 1970 Lincoln
31 August 1970 Redcar
5 September 1970 Huy Belgium
6 September 1970 Dortmund Germany
10 September 1970 Swansea United Kingdom
11 September 1970
12 September 1970 Colchester
18 September 1970 Eltham
19 September 1970 Bishop's Stortford
20 September 1970 Nottingham
22 September 1970 Birmingham
23 September 1970 Barry
26 September 1970 Margate
27 September 1970 Croydon
28 September 1970 Aberystwyth
1 October 1970 Scarborough
2 October 1970 Leicestershire
3 October 1970 Watford
9 October 1970 Stratford
10 October 1970 London
15 October 1970 Dundee
16 October 1970 Newcastle
17 October 1970 Malvern
20 October 1970 London
23 October 1970 Leeds
24 October 1970 Plymouth
26 October 1970 Romford
30 October 1970 Guildford
31 October 1970 London
5 November 1970 Bern Germany
6 November 1970
10 November 1970 Munich
13 November 1970 London United Kingdom
14 November 1970 Bradford
20 November 1970 Lancaster
21 November 1970 Oxford
22 November 1970 Plymouth
25 November 1970 Cambridge
27 November 1970 Southend-on-Sea
28 November 1970 Boston
8 December 1970 Newcastle
9 December 1970 Hull
10 December 1970 Middlesbrough
11 December 1970 Warrington
13 December 1970 Bromley
14 December 1970 Dunstable
18 December 1970 London
19 December 1970 Folkestone
20 December 1970 Cleethorpes
22 December 1970 Shrewsbury
3 January 1971 Croydon
8 January 1971 Eindhoven Netherlands
9 January 1971 Amsterdam
10 January 1971 Rotterdam
13 January 1971 Glasgow United Kingdom
14 January 1971 Newcastle
15 January 1971 Lancaster
16 January 1971 Southsea
17 January 1971 Bristol
18 January 1971 London
19 January 1971 Birmingham
21 January 1971 Southampton
23 January 1971 Arhus Denmark
24 January 1971 Gothenburg Sweden
25 January 1971 Copenhagen Denmark
31 January 1971 Paris France
12 February 1971 New Cross United Kingdom
13 February 1971 London
19 February 1971 Leeds
20 February 1971 Kingston upon Thames
27 February 1971 Dagenham
4 March 1971 Liverpool
5 March 1971 Doncaster
6 March 1971 Brighton
7 March 1971 Redcar
9 March 1971 Birmingham
10 March 1971 Bournemouth
12 March 1971 Cardiff
14 March 1971 Blackburn
15 March 1971 Guildford
16 March 1971 Nottingham
17 March 1971 Guildford
19 March 1971 Stirling
20 March 1971 Aviemore
21 March 1971 Dunfermline
22 March 1971 Glasgow
23 March 1971 Norwich
25 March 1971 Harrogate
27 March 1971 Berlin Germany
28 March 1971
30 March 1971 Wolverhampton United Kingdom
4 April 1971 Hemel Hempstead
6 April 1971 Manchester
8 April 1971 Leeds
10 April 1971 Surbiton
12 April 1971 London
15 April 1971 Frankfurt Germany
16 April 1971 Böblingen
17 April 1971 Saarbrücken
18 April 1971 Hamburg
24 April 1971 Nelson United Kingdom
25 April 1971 London
30 April 1971 Luton
1 May 1971 Barking
2 May 1971 Stoke-on-Trent
6 May 1971 Chatham
7 May 1971 Oxford
9 May 1971 Rome Italy
10 May 1971 Milan
11 May 1971 Rome
14 May 1971 Birmingham United Kingdom
15 May 1971 Norwich
16 May 1971 Leicester
21 May 1971 Liverpool
22 May 1971 Manchester
23 May 1971 Harrogate
5 June 1971 Berlin Germany

North American leg[edit]

Date City Country
24 June 1971 Edmonton Canada
25 June 1971 Vancouver
26 June 1971 Seattle, Washington United States
27 June 1971 Sacramento, California
28 June 1971 Los Angeles, California
29 June 1971
30 June 1971 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1 July 1971 San Antonio, Texas
2 July 1971 Dallas, Texas
3 July 1971 Houston, Texas
4 July 1971 New Orleans, Louisiana
5 July 1971 Indianapolis, Indiana
6 July 1971 DeLand, Florida
7 July 1971 Orlando, Florida
8 July 1971 Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
9 July 1971 Wildwood, New Jersey
10 July 1971 Asbury Park, New Jersey
11 July 1971 Alexandria, Virginia
14 July 1971 Port Chester, New York
15 July 1971
16 July 1971 Detroit, Michigan
17 July 1971
18 July 1971 Toronto, Ontario Canada
19 July 1971 Ottawa, Ontario
20 July 1971 Cleveland, Ohio United States
23 July 1971 New York City, New York
24 July 1971 New Haven, Connecticut

Second European leg[edit]

Date City Country
31 July 1971 London United Kingdom

Cancelled shows[edit]

Date City Country
2 November 1970 Dunstable United Kingdom
3 November 1970
24 November 1970 Bradford
1 December 1970 London
2 December 1970 Manchester
4 December 1970 Lancaster
5 December 1970 Liverpool
26 December 1970 Brighton
28 January 1971 Bremen Germany
29 January 1971 Lille France
30 January 1971 Lyon
31 January 1971 Brussels Belgium
1 February 1971 Paris France
2 February 1971
6 February 1971 Cardiff United Kingdom
7 February 1971 Redcar
8 February 1971 Liege France
9 February 1971 Brussels Belgium
29 May 1971 Exeter United Kingdom
4 June 1971 Clacton
5 June 1971 Berlin Germany
18 June 1971 Southport United Kingdom
26 June 1971 Sheffield
31 June 1971 Boston United States

The February 1971 shows in Paris were cancelled due to rioting.[13] After leaving France, the band had to cancel some UK shows after their van was involved in a road collision.[13][14]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ On this date, Yes played two shows at the same venue—one in the afternoon, followed later by an evening performance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whipple, Peter. "Index". Forgotten Yesterdays. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 101. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1. 
  3. ^ a b Whipple, Peter. "The Yes Album Tour". Forgotten Yesterdays. Archived from the original on 2007-08-06. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 105. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1. 
  5. ^ "Phil Carson". Led-Zeppelin.org. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Welch, Chris (2000). Close to the edge : the story of Yes ([Updated ed] ed.). London: Omnibus. p. 99. ISBN 0-7119-8041-1. 
  7. ^ Welch, Chris (2000). Close to the edge : the story of Yes ([Updated ed] ed.). London: Omnibus. p. 97. ISBN 0-7119-8041-1. 
  8. ^ Welch, Chris (7 November 1970). "Caught in the Act: Oh, Yes...". Melody Maker: 22. 
  9. ^ Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 8. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1. 
  10. ^ Welch, Chris (2000). Close to the edge : the story of Yes ([Updated ed] ed.). London: Omnibus. p. 113. ISBN 0-7119-8041-1. 
  11. ^ a b c d Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 102. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1. 
  12. ^ a b Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 104. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1. 
  13. ^ a b Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 103. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1. 
  14. ^ Welch, Chris (2000). Close to the edge : the story of Yes ([Updated ed] ed.). London: Omnibus. p. 100. ISBN 0-7119-8041-1.