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30th November 2017


In the Summer of 2016, Yes embarked upon an ambitious tour. At each show, the band performed their 1980 album, 'Drama', in its entirety for the first time ever, plus sides one and four from their 1973 double-album, 'Tales From Topographic Oceans', their first number one album, together with fan favourites like 'Roundabout' and 'Starship Trooper'.

The new live album, 'Topographic Drama - Live Across America' is out now through Rhino as a double-CD and a triple-LP. Both versions feature detailed cover art designed by the band's longtime collaborator Roger Dean.

The new collection features live performances from twelve dates recorded on the same tour in February 2017 by the current Yes line-up of Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Billy Sherwood (bass), Jon Davison (vocals) and additional drummer for this tour Jay Schellen.


'Topographic Drama - Live Across America' highlights the best performances from the 2017 leg of the twelve show tour and mirrors the setlist from those concerts. Each night, Yes opened with all six songs from 'Drama', the band's tenth studio album, which peaked at number two in the UK album chart. Standouts include 'Machine Messiah', 'Tempus Fugit' and the album's only single, 'Into The Lens'.

After 'Drama' the band shifted gears for songs from two of their best-selling albums: 'And You And I' from 1972s 'Closer To The Edge' and 'Heart Of The Sunrise' from 1971s 'Fragile'.

Next, the group played the opening and closing tracks of concept album, 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' (1973). Howe's exceptional guitar work on 'The Revealing Science Of God' and White’s propulsive drumming on 'Ritual' have always been regarded as ground-breaking. The album concludes with two live staples, 'Roundabout' and the epic 'Starship Trooper'.

Among the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Yes were founded in 1968. The Grammy-Award® winning recording artists have sold more than fifty million records in a career that has so far spanned six decades.

You can be the envy of your progressive rock friends by winning a triple vinyl album of 'Topographic Drama - Live Across America'. To be in with a chance of winning this impressive weighty prize then correctly answer the following question.

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2018 marks half a century since the formation of Yes and to celebrate this remarkable milestone, the band will embark on a UK tour next March and will also headline their 'Cruise To The Edge' from 3rd to 8th February from Tampa, visiting Belize and Mexico.

On this not-to-be-missed tour, Yes (Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood) will feature not only many of the band’s classic hits but performances of sides one and four and an excerpt from side three of 'Tales From Topographic Oceans'.


Tour dates are:

Tuesday 13th March: Bristol, Colston Hall
Wednesday 14th March: Sheffield, City Hall
Friday 16th March: Glasgow, SEC Armadillo
Saturday 17th March: Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Sunday 18th March: Gateshead, Sage
Tuesday 20th March: Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Wednesday 21st March: Brighton, Centre
Friday 23rd March: Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
Saturday 24th March: London, Palladium
Sunday 25th March: London, Palladium


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