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Yes pay tribute to late drummer Alan White

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Prog legends Yes have paid tribute to their late drummer Alan White, who sadly died last week. Both Steve Howe and Geoff Downes have honoured their late colleague and the band will dedicate their upcoming UK tour in support of the 50th anniversary of Close To The Edge, the tour on which White made his debut with the band, to the drummer.

"It is with great sadness that I join with the other members of Yes to acknowledge the passing of our dearest friend and drummer, Alan White," says Howe. "He gave so many of his best years to the band and was a true believer and determined professional til the very end.

"Being a kind and loving human being just came naturally to him, with his mellow, non-confrontational personality and abundant generosity, which made him so popular with his friends and everyone he met."

"It is with the utmost sadness I have received the news of the passing of my dearest friend and bandmate Alan White," adds Downes. "He was truly one of the greatest men I have ever met. Honest, loyal, passionate, caring, kind, generous, considerate, charitable, funny – so many superlatives, too many to mention – simply, an all-round top guy and one of the best. And despite living for many years in his adopted hometown of Seattle, he never lost that Geordie wit, irony and charm.

"As a musician he was unique in every way, and his powerhouse technique influenced whole generations of drummers and percussionists – an absolute legend in the true sense of the word. He was a joy to share the same stage with, often glancing over at the keyboard riser with a wink and a smile, but still laying down that solid, yet intricate groove as only he could. This was Alan – a genius who never took himself too seriously.

"We had some great laughs together, became very close, and always looked after each other to the point where they started referring to us as ‘The Odd Couple’!"

Former World Trade and Asia drummer Jay Schellen was announced as a replacement for White earlier this month when it was then announced he would be sitting out the UK tour dates for health reasons.

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

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.

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, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.