Alan White, master of time, passed away on Thursday May 26th 2022
A man with a heart of gold has left us
Many obituaries have pointed out his musical career, from the start till his lifelong achievement as YES’s drummer. And we all appreciate his work and the joy he was able to give us. The comfort and passion he shared with all the fans all over the world.
But we will also miss his friendship and warmth. A true gentleman. Always finding a way and the time to talk to us YES fans. Never pretentious, though Alan White really was a rock star. A master of time with true craftmanship. But above all, the kindest of men. Caring, loving and with compassion for those who needed it.
A true star. Shine on Alan… Forever in our hearts.
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An announcement regarding the European 2022 dates / dates postponed until 2023
“It is with great disappointment YES announce that the logistical problems of arranging European tour dates for 2022, caused by the on-going pandemic, have proved insurmountable. YES have taken the decision, for the safety of band members, crew and audiences, to reschedule all mainland European dates to 2023. This has allowed us to add back in the Rockhal in Luxembourg, which we were unable to accommodate in the 2022 tour.”
Tickets for all rescheduled shows remain valid for the new dates in 2023.
|Sunday 07 May, 2023||Campo Pequeno – Lisbon, Portugal||TICKETS|
|Monday 08 May, 2023||Sala Riviera – Madrid, Spain||TICKETS|
|Tuesday 09 May, 2023||Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain||TICKETS|
|Thursday 11 May, 2023||Gran Teatro Geox – Padova, Italy||TICKETS|
|Friday 12 May, 2023||Teatro Dal Verme – Milan, Italy||TICKETS|
|Saturday 13 May, 2023||Teatro della Conciliazione – Rome, Italy||TICKETS|
|Monday 15 May, 2023||Arena – Vienna, Austria||TICKETS|
|Tuesday 16 May, 2023||Kongresshaus – Zurich, Switzerland||TICKETS|
|Thursday 18 May, 2023||Forum Karlin – Prague, Czech Republic||TICKETS|
|Friday 19 May, 2023||Steintor-Varieté – Halle (Saale), Germany||TICKETS|
|Sunday 21 May, 2023||Admiralspalast – Berlin, Germany||TICKETS|
|Monday 22 May, 2023||Narodow Forum Muzyki – Wrocław, Poland||TICKETS|
|Tuesday 23 May 2023||Stodola – Warsaw, Poland||TICKETS|
|Thursday 25 May, 2023||Alexela Concert Hall – Tallinn, Estonia||TICKETS|
|Friday 26 May, 2023||Kulttuuritalo – Helsinki, Finland||TICKETS|
|Sunday 28 May, 2023||Cirkus – Stockholm, Sweden||TICKETS|
|Monday 29 May, 2023||Sentrum Scene – Oslo, Norway||TICKETS|
|Tuesday 30 May, 2023||Train – Aarhus, Denmark||TICKETS|
|Thursday 01 June, 2023||Kulturværftet – Helsingør, Denmark||TICKETS|
|Friday 02 June, 2023||Red Box – Mönchengladbach, Germany||TICKETS|
|Saturday 03 June, 2023||TivoliVredenburg – Utrecht, Netherlands||TICKETS|
|Monday 05 June, 2023||Salle Pleyel – Paris, France||TICKETS|
|Tuesday 06 June 2023||Het Depot – Leuven, Belgium||TICKETS|
|Wednesday 07 June, 2023||Rockhal – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg||TICKETS|
The 2022 UK & Ireland dates remain the same and will be a 50th Anniversary Celebration of Close To The Edge.
“Much of the music was written in late 2019 with the rest in 2020. We commissioned several orchestrations to augment and enhance the overall sound of these fresh new recordings, hoping that our emphasis on melody, coupled with some expansive instrumental solo breaks, keeps up the momentum for our listeners,” said Steve.
The Quest was recorded across the globe. The sessions took place in the UK with Steve Howe, Geoff Downes & Jon Davison, while Alan White & Billy Sherwood got together in the studio in the US. “Billy Sherwood and myself did all the rhythm sections, bass and drum, in America,” says Alan White, “down in Los Angeles at Uncle Studios, where he works a lot. It helps when you’ve got a good place to work,” Alan laughs, “and Billy’s really good on the recording desk, so we got things down relatively quickly. I spent quite a while studying the music before I went down to LA so I was prepared.”
Alan White comments: “I’m extremely proud to be a part of this music and believe the video graphics are outstanding. A collaboration of many talents coming together to produce ‘The Ice Bridge’. I hope our fans/audiences will appreciate the creativity put forward. I’m pleased to share it with the world and hope everyone will enjoy the ride.”
Steve Howe adds: “‘The Ice Bridge’ opens the album in the dark and moody key of C minor, aided by the orchestra. The rolling bass part kicks things into gear as the vocals and guitars start a winding journey through the various structures till the breakdown happens, where ice breaking is heard.”
Jon Davison was working with Geoff Downes on The Ice Bridge (Davison/Downes), looking at the dangers of climate change. He explained how he sets about collaborating with his band mates.
“Usually what happens is each member is left to write their respective parts and put their stamp on things. Geoff sent me a selection of exciting and often gorgeous snippets he had created and made it clear that he wished I experiment freely and develop as needed. This in turn gave me the confidence to take on the vocal role – lyrics, vocal melody and harmony, how the vocals are presented and uniquely phrased – but all the while striving to stay faithful to Geoff’s initial ideas.”
“Jon’s vocals are fantastic,” adds Geoff Downes, “he’s really come into his own as a YES vocalist. This time he’s started to get the writing side together and working with the other musicians has been developmental for him. I think he’s hit a rich seam on this one.”
- The Ice Bridge 7.01
- Dare To Know 6.00
- Minus The Man 5.35
- Leave Well Alone 8.06
- The Western Edge 4.26
- Future Memories 5.08
- Music To My Ears 4.41
- A Living Island 6.52
- Sister Sleeping Soul 4.51
- Mystery Tour 3.33
- Damaged World 5.20
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