Art/prog rock pioneers Yes are touring once again, bringing their signature songs and unique sound to Temecula.
The group will perform at 8 p.m. on March 8 at Pechanga Resort & Casino.
This time, though, the band — who, along with King Crimson, Pink Floyd, and Genesis, helped usher in the era of rock songs with jazz and classical influences rather than using the blues as a bedrock — is treating their rabid fans to a fascinating look back at their earlier roots.
The Pechanga show will include the group (in their 45th year) performing three of their classic 1970s-era albums — “The Yes Album,” “Close To The Edge,” and “Going For The One” — in their entirety at each tour stop.
In a recent interview with UltimateClassicRock.com, founding member and bassist Chris Squire explains why they decided to highlight these three albums out of their extensive catalog.
“Well, I think the reason that we chose ‘The Yes Album’ was that was the first album that brought Yes to the attention of a worldwide audience back in 1971, so that was a landmark album for us,” explained Squire, in a recent interview.
“And of course, ‘Close To The Edge’ was the first album where we attempted to do a long 20 minute piece of music, which was one side of a vinyl album as it was in those days and so that was another landmark for us in our career.”
Squire continues: “And ‘Going For The One’ was an album that was the first album that we recorded outside of the U.K., so that was a whole new different experience for us. And then we thought that the slightly different shades of Yes on those three albums also complimented each other real well too.”
And the reason for a show such as this? It sounds like it’s been a request from Yes fans.
“We wanted to have a theme for the tour, (and) this idea has been rolling around in our suggestion box for at least the last 15 years,” said Squire. “It’s just that we finally got around to doing it is all.”
Take note, Yes fanatics – this may be a one-time opportunity for you to experience some of your favorite albums performed in full, as Squire and the band may be promoting a new album after this tour.
“I kind of suspect that we won’t do this (perform complete albums) again for a while, because probably by the time we get to our next touring cycle, we’re hoping to have a new studio album in the bag,” Squire has said. “So we’ll probably be concentrating more on promoting that in 2014. But then again, we could maybe come back to this idea after that. We’ll see.”
Visit www.pechanga.com for more information and concert tickets.
Chris Baptiste is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.