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Yes Stars Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman to Tour as ARW

Matt Roberts / Dimitrios Kambouris  / Ben Pruchnie, Getty Images
Matt Roberts / Dimitrios Kambouris / Ben Pruchnie, Getty Images

Yes veterans Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman have joined forces under the name ARW (presumably because WAR is taken and RAW just doesn’t describe their sound), and announced a 2016 tour featuring an evening of music from their former band.

“To be able to sing and perform with Rick and Trevor at this time in my life is a treasure beyond words,” Anderson declares in a press release. “I’m so excited to create new music and revisit some of the classic work we created many years ago, it’s going to be a musical adventure on so many new levels.”

ARW’s lineup bridges the two most famous eras of Yes. Singer Anderson co-founded the group back in 1968, and other than two brief departures, remained their frontman until his seemingly permanent exit in 2008. Wakeman’s keyboards helped define the band’s sound during its ’70s progressive rock heyday, while Rabin’s guitar work helped bring Yes to their highest commercial peak in the ’80s with more compact, pop-leaning songs such as “Owner of a Lonely Heart.”

“Trevor and I have wanted to play Yes music together since the Union Tour,” summarizes Wakeman. “And as for so many of us, there is no Yes music without Jon. The ‘Holy Trinity of Yes’ is, for me, very much a dream come true.”

There’s no word on who will fill in the group’s touring lineup – presumably they’ll add at least one drummer if not more – but the trio reports that it’s already at work on new studio material. You can see all the ARW tour dates below, and get tickets and VIP package information at the new band’s official website.

ARW 2016 Tour

10/4 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
10/6 Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Casino
10/7 Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
10/9 Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Ctr
10/10 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
10/15  Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
10/16 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
10/19 Boston, MA – Wang Theatre
10/21 Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theatre
10/22 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
10/24 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
10/26 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
10/28 Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Event Center
10/29 Akron, OH – Goodyear Theater at East End
11/1 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
11/2 Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall
11/4 New Buffalo, MI – Four Winds Casino
11/5 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
11/7 Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Ctr
11/9 St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
11/11 New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
11/12 San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre
11/14 Austin, TX – ACL at the Moody Theater
11/16 Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
11/17 Salt Lake City, UT – Capitol Theater
11/19 Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl
11/20 Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
11/22 Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum
11/25 San Francisco, CA – Masonic

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