Alan White to sit out upcoming Yes tour for health reasons

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Yes have announced that drummer Alan White will not be taking part on the forthcoming 50th Anniversary Close To The Edge UK Tour due to health issues. 

In a short statement, the band's management said: "Alan was really looking forward to playing live again preparing to celebrate 50 years with Yes, having joined the band for the July 1972 Close To The Edge Tour, coming full circle in 2022. Alan’s close friend Jay Schellen will be taking on drumming duties in Alan’s place."

Schellen, known for his work with World Trade and Asia, has history with Yes. During the band's North American tour in 2016 he filled in while White recovered from back surgery, and played alongside him during his recovery. Two years later he did the same, playing alongside White on the Cruise To The Edge as White battled a bacterial infection. He has also played percussion and additional drums on three Yes albums: 2019's Yes 50 Live, the following year's The Royal Affair Tour: Live from Las Vegas, and last year's studio album The Quest.

Yes announced in March that they would now be performing their 1972 album Close To The Edge on their upcoming UK tour to celebrate the album's 50th anniversary, instead of the previously announced Relayer, which will now be featured in a future UK tour in The Album Series.

Tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows. For full details and to book tickets for all shows go to venue website or the band's website where you can also book Meet and Greets with the band.

Yes The Album Series Close To The Edge 2022 UK and Ireland tour

Jun 15: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Jun 17: Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Jun 18: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Jun 20: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Jun 21: London Royal Albert Hall
Jun 22: York Barbican
Jun 24: Birmingham Symphony Hall
Jun 26: Newcastle City Hall
Jun 28: Dublin Vicar Street, Ireland
Jun 29: Cork Opera House, Ireland

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.