This is the section where if anything noteworthy happens…you’ll find it here.
From former bassist Jimmy “Two Fingers” Ashhurst
Now even my doorman’s checking on me to make sure I’m not dead sooo…, here goes.
Over a month ago now the band collectively decided that they would prefer to proceed without me.
I haven’t made any sort of announcement prior to today since I believed and still believe that this news should have come from the band itself.
However, since they’re already on their 3rd or 4th show without me and still haven’t let anyone know (maybe they’re having trouble finding wifi or somethin …that shit’s expensive yo); since it was not my decision to leave the band; since I’m uncomfortable not answering the many kind but speculative messages I’ve been receiving; and finally since I believe that there are folks out there who’ve been loyal and supportive of us over the years and as such have a right to know; – Im forced post this myself in order to finally put this to rest and move forward with whatever shows up next for me.
If you’re looking for a reason you’ll need to ask them, since the one they gave me of my being ‘unhappy’ and of them ‘doing-me-a -favor-to-release-me-from-this
While it is true I’d become unhappy about certain aspects of touring and of the state of Rock and Roll in general that I believed were of vital importance to our collective well-being, I still believe that those issues could have easily been resolved as a group. Sadly others did not agree and as a result- result.
I dunno. Im gonna go with “Im a Democrat and they’re Republicans” if anyone demands an answer or whatever…
As far as what I’m gonna do next…
Welllll hahaaaa…ZERO for the moment, but after a bit of refresh/recharge I doubt that I’ll be able to resist the temptation of the Devil’s music for very long.
First and foremost, however, I very much wanna take a moment to enjoy the life that my work with the band has provided me with, while it lasts, and I thank the band, all of em, for giving me this opportunity to do so.
I wish nothing but continued success for the guys, and I hope the new guy works out great
(I dunno who it is so please don’t ask. I do hope he’s super cute though).
In closing, to all fans of the band: Arrivederci, Nos vemos, Au revoir, いってきます, Até mais, and See ya later…
but to everyone else… Im back.
YES- Press Release
Call it a true classic rock triple header–and the quintessential live concert experience.
In a career first, iconic and Grammy-winning rock band YES will perform three of their classic albums in their entirety, all in one concert, on a special tour in 2013: 1971’s THE YES ALBUM, 1972’s CLOSE TO THE EDGE and 1977’s GOING FOR THE ONE. Music audiences will experience the albums, each representing an important milestone in YES’ career, performed from beginning to end.
The multi-platinum progressive rock band–bassist CHRIS SQUIRE, guitarist STEVE HOWE, drummer ALAN WHITE, keyboardist GEOFF DOWNES and singer JON DAVISON–will kick off the North American tour March 1 and conclude April 12 in Detroit.
After starting in West Wendover, Nevada, the historic trek continues down the West Coast including stops in Seattle (3/3, Moore Theatre), San Francisco (3/5, The Warfield) and Los Angeles (3/6, Orpheum Theatre) before heading east for shows in New York (4/9, Beacon Theatre), Toronto (4/11, Massey Hall), Detroit (4/12, Fox Theatre) and more. See the full itinerary below.
The tour will mark the first time since 1973 that YES–who have sold close to 50 million albums worldwide–have performed an album onstage in its entirety.
STEVE HOWE says, “These albums we all easily agreed on–they are complete works in themselves,” adding that several of the songs have rarely been performed live. “I believe the only song not performed in concert is ‘A Venture’ from The Yes Album,” says CHRIS SQUIRE. “And probably the most tricky of all the songs planned for this set is ‘Turn of the Century’ from the Going for the One album.” ALAN WHITE believes “This is a great opportunity to show the growth of YES in these different eras–and to relive the memories of these times.”
THE YES ALBUM is widely considered to be the band’s breakthrough album. Certified platinum, it features such signature songs as “Yours Is No Disgrace” and “I’ve Seen All Good People.” The band’s album CLOSE TO THE EDGE was on the U.S. charts for 32 weeks, peaking at #3. A Rolling Stone review, which features the epic suites “Close To The Edge” and “You And I,” noted, “Yes’ colors are subtle, almost imperceptible tints, but the main strokes are bold and thick, applied with sureness and natural instinct.” GOING FOR THE ONE, described by Allmusic.com as “perhaps the most overlooked item in the Yes catalog,” went gold, hit #8 on the U.S.chart and featured two singles, “Wonderous Stories” (which hit #6) and the title track (#24).
“I think the 12-inch album is alive and well as reinforced by the rising interest in the analog format,” says SQUIRE when asked about the album format in the singles-driven digital age. The album, says HOWE, “has never totally gone away–there are those who completely understand.”
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the below links in the tour itinerary. Moreover, Yes is proud to provide special show packages, which include near-stage seating, a meet and greet with the band, exclusive limited-edition gifts from Yes, and much more. For more information and to purchase Yes packages, visit the below links.
Founded in 1968 by Jon Anderson and Chris Squire, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES have created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, such as iconic pieces “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” and countless others. Having sold tens of millions of records over its four-decade career, Yes continues creating masterful music that inspires fans and musicians from around the world. For more information on Yes, visit yesworld.com. Join Yes on Twitter and Facebook at twitter.com/yesofficial and facebook.com/yestheband respectively.
|*Fri||3/1||West Wendover, NV||Peppermill Concert Hall||www.wendoverfun.com|
|Sun||3/3||Seattle, WA||Moore Theatre||www.tickets.com|
|Tue||3/5||San Francisco, CA||The Warfield||www.axs.com|
|Wed||3/6||Los Angeles, CA||Orpheum Theatre||www.ticketmaster.com|
|Fri||3/8||Temecula, CA||Pechanga Theater (at Pechanga Casino)||www.pechanga.com|
|*Sat||3/9||Reno, NV||Silver Legacy Casino||www.ticketmaster.com|
|Mon||3/10||Monterey, CA||Golden State Theatre||www.ticketmaster.com|
|Tue||3/12||Aspen, CO||Belly Up Aspen||www.frontgatetickets.com|
|Thu||3/14||Omaha, NE||Holland Performing Arts Center||www.ticketsomaha.com|
|Sat||3/16||Hammond, IN||The Venue at Horseshoe Casino||www.ticketmaster.com|
|Sun||3/17||Louisville, KY||Palace Theatre||www.ticketmaster.com|
|Mon||3/18||Kansas City, MO||The Midland by AMC||www.axs.com|
|Wed||3/20||Austin, TX||ACL Live at the Moody Theater||www.ticketfly.com|
|Thu||3/21||Grand Prairie, TX||Verizon Theatre||www.axs.com|
|*Fri||3/22||Biloxi, MS||Hard Rock Live – Biloxi||www.ticketmaster.com|
|*Sun||3/24||Hollywood, FL||Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena||www.ticketmaster.com|
|Sat||3/30||Melbourne, FL||Maxwell C. King Center for the Perf. Arts||www.axs.com|
|Tue||4/2||Clearwater, FL||Ruck Eckerd Hall||www.rutheckerdhall.com|
|Wed||4/3||Jacksonville, FL||Florida Theatre||www.ticketmaster.com|
|*Fri||4/5||Mashantucket, CT||MGM Grand at Foxwoods||www.mgmatfoxwoods.com|
|Sat||4/6||Hampton, NH||Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom||www.ticketmaster.com|
|Sun||4/7||Bethlehem, PA||Sands Bethlehem Event Center||www.ticketmaster.com|
|Tue||4/9||New York, NY||Beacon Theatre||www.ticketmaster.com|
|Thu||4/11||Toronto, ON||Massey Hall||www.ticketmaster.com|
|Fri||4/12||Detroit, MI||Fox Theatre||www.ticketmaster.com|
*YES will only be performing two albums–THE YES ALBUM and CLOSE TO THE EDGE–for shows at casinos due to the time constrictions of events held there.