Iconic British rock band Yes is bringing their North American concert tour,The Royal Affair to the Walmart AMP on Sunday, July 21, as part of the Cox Concert Series. This must-see British rock show also features Asia with the return of founding member Steve Howe, John Lodge of The Moody Blues and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown.
To get ready for this epic evening of Prog Rock here are 10 Yes songs to make your like better.
10 Yes Songs To Make Your Life Better
Wondrous Stories – Going For The One (1977)
Released smack dab in the middle of Punk Rocks year zero, “Wondrous Stories” peaked at number 7 on the UK charts, and led to the band filming their first official music video.
The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn) – Tales from Topgraphic Oceans (1973)
Tales from Topographic Oceans contained only four tracks, or “movements” as described by lead vocalist Jon Anderson. The opener proved to be the lone standout from their highly contentious 1973 double album.
Tempus Fugit – Drama (1980)
Yes enter the 1980’s with two new members in Trevor Rabin and Geoff Downes and this sadly overlooked gem.
America – Non-Album Single (1972), Yesterdays (1975)
This studio reworking of the Simon and Garfunkel classic first appeared in 1972 on the sampler album The New Age of Atlantic and was later included on the compilation album Yesterdays in 1975
Yours Is No Disgrace – The Yes Album (1971)
A concert staple since its release, the triumphant opening track to 1971’s The Yes Album signaled the band’s step towards more complex musical and lyrical territory.
South Side of the Sky – Fragile (1972)
One of the overlooked gems of the Yes catalog, This tale of a mountain climbing expedition going awry, is arguably Yes’ “heaviest” track.
And You and I (I. Cord of Life, II. Eclipse, III. The Preacher, the Teacher, IV. The Apocalypse) – Close To The Edge (1972)
This 1972 classic begins as the most folk oriented track in the Yes cannon before descending into progressive rock bliss.
Heart of The Sunrise – Fragile (1972)
Like many of their early ’70’s epics, “Heart of the Sunrise” is built on intense shifts in dynamics. Marking a more unified attack than any of their early works.
Starship Trooper (A. Life Seeker, B. Disillusion, C. Wurm – The Yes Album (1971)
“Starship Trooper” is simply a defining moment for the band. A concert staple since its release and a taste of what’s to come from a band finally hitting its stride.
Close To The Edge (I. The Solid Time of Change II. Total Mass Retain, III. I get Up, I get Down, IV. Seasons of Man) – Close To The Edge (1972)
As THE essential Yes track and album, “Close To The Edge” finds the band stretching their already ambitious musical ideas into a glorious 20 minute masterwork.
The Royal Affair Tour
Featuring: Yes, Asia, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, and Arthur Brown.
SUNDAY JULY 21 at the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, Arkansas
Tickets prices range from $30 to $99.50 plus applicable fees. Purchase four lawn tickets at the same time, and get the Lawn 4-Pack at a discounted ticket price of $22.50 each.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting www.amptickets.com.