Geoff Downes Says Yes Is Under Pressure To Cancel European Tour

Yes chose to reschedule its 2023 European tour, which was originally scheduled to contain their 1974 album ‘Relayer’ in its entirety. Geoff Downes, the band’s keyboardist, recently addressed the reasons for this choice in an interview with Goldmine Magazine. He stated: “The tour has now been postponed three or four times.” The issue has been trying to obtain insurance for the excursions. I believe that in Europe, particularly at this moment when the [Ukraine] war is still raging and COVID is still active, it is extremely difficult for us to go out there at the level we would like to go out, and it has forced us to reconsider.” The musician went on to discuss the band’s future ambitions, saying: “But we’ve put it off until next year, and hopefully this will be the year when we can go out and do it.” But, of course, America is still very much on the horizon. We’re going to go out in the fall, I believe.

Then we have the European tour early next year, followed by the Japan tour later in the year. It’s a busy tour schedule for the band in 2023 and 2024.” Yes’ show at London’s Eventim Apollo, originally slated for June 20, was canceled, while the remaining dates were pushed back to 2024. In addition, the band has added two further gigs at the Royal Albert Hall and the Bristol Beacon. They announced the new schedule on their official website, along with details about the upcoming shows, writing: “The Classic Tales of Yes Tour 2024 promises to include many iconic Yes tracks spanning fifty-plus years, as well as music from the new album ‘Mirror To The Sky.'” The album was released on May 19, following the release of its second single, ‘All Connected.’ The music can be heard in the video below.

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