October 14 [12:00 EDT] -- It appears the passing years and the loss of keyboardist Rick Wakeman have done nothing to diminish fan interest in the reunited classic version of Yes.

The band's scheduled tour of the States saw tickets for the first few events on sale, including New York's Beacon Theater (Oct. 29-31) and Philadelphia's Tower Theatre (Oct. 24-25), sell out in a matter of minutes. The high-profile Wakeman left the re-formed band for the second time last Spring largely due to his reluctance to tour. He's concentrating on his Christian and gospel endeavors in England.

Yes is currently longtime members guitarist Steve Howe, vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist/vocalist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White along with long time cohort Billy Sherwood. Helping out on keyboards is Igor "Ivan" Khoroshev.

Yes is also releasing an album of new, original material, simply titled "Yes," November 25 on Beyond Records. A single, "Open Your Eyes," has already been shipped to rock radio. The label is touting the release as the first completely original Yes studio album (with Howe) to be available in the U.S. since 1980, although there have been near-reunion projects recorded in the recent past.

"Yesart" exhibitions including artwork from the band's past album covers by Roger Dean, who is also providing the cover art for the new record, will be featured in the venue lobbies. The bandmembers themselves will be attending many of the exhibits.

The Yes tour dates include:

  • 10/17 - Hartford, CT @ Meadows Music Theatre
  • 10/18 - Boston, MA @ The Orpheum Theatre
  • 10/19 - New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre
  • 10/21 - Albany, NY @ The Palace Theatre
  • 10/22 - Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
  • 10/24 - Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theater
  • 10/25 - Upper Darcy, PA @ Tower Theater
  • 10/28 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
  • 10/29 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
  • 10/30 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
  • 10/31 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
  • 11/2 - Pittsburgh, PA @ A.J. Palumbo Center
  • 11/3 - Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
  • 11/6 - Toronto, ONT @ Massey Hall
  • 11/13 - Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
  • 11/14 - Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
  • 12/07 - Universal City, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre
  • 12/08 - Universal City, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre
  • 12/12 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
  • 12/13 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
  • 12/14 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield