CLEARWATER — The Royal Affair Tour — billed as “the must-see best-of-British-rock tour” — will sail into the Tampa Bay area for one performance Friday, July 12, 7 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.
Tickets start at $63.25. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
In terms of British rock, the tour certainly boasts royalty: Yes, Asia, John Lodge of The Moody Blues and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown have come together for this best-of-the-best concert tour rolling across North America. Yes, iconic prog-rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, headline the concert.
Last year saw Yes on the road with their acclaimed and hugely successful #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of Yes tour. The band currently features Steve Howe on guitar, Alan White on drums, Geoff Downes on keyboards, Jon Davison on vocals, and Billy Sherwood on bass and vocals, with Jay Schellen on additional drums.
Founded in 1968 by the late Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, 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,” “Starship Trooper,” and countless others. The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees’ albums — including “Fragile,” “Close to the Edge,” “Tales from Topographic Oceans,” “Relayer,” “Going for the One” and “90125” — have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA, and have sold over 50 million records during the band’s long and successful career that has so far spanned over five decades.
“Yes is delighted to headline this celebration of British music which has been so warmly received in America over the past five decades,” said Howe in a press release promoting the tour.
Other members of Yes expressed their enthusiasm for being part of a tour that brings so many big acts to the stage for one concert.
“I'm looking forward to joining a number of classic British talents that have delighted so many fans over the past half century,” White said.
Fans can look forward to seeing Yes perform songs from throughout their storied career, one of rock music’s most prized bodies of work. Their set will honor the memory of Yes members Chris Squire and Peter Banks.
“This is a unique celebration of the British contribution to classic rock over many decades,” Downes added. “It will be inspirational to be a part of. And I know it is what John Wetton would have wanted.”
Wetton — a founding member of Asia and member of bands such as King Crimson, Roxy Music and Uriah Heep — passed away in 2017.
The concert also will include a performance by Asia, featuring the return of founding member Steve Howe in a special performance. Asia will play their signature songs and pay tribute to Wetton. A portion of their set will feature Howe, the band’s original guitarist. Asia will also introduce its new lineup featuring guitarist/lead vocalist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and bassist Billy Sherwood. Original members Carl Palmer and Geoff Downes also perform with Asia.
John Lodge’s set will encompass his classic hits by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Moody Blues. Lodge will pay tribute to the band’s recently departed member Ray Thomas.
Carl Palmer will honor the memory of his fellow Emerson, Lake and Palmer members Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, with vocals by British vocalist Arthur Brown.
As part of the evening’s British theme, Yes member Alan White will perform a tribute to John Lennon. White was the drummer on Lennon’s solo material including the recording of “Imagine.”