An evening of Yes music & more
The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo presents Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman (ARW) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. Tickets ($55 to $85) and are on sale now.
After a hiatus of 25 years, Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman have reformed the definitive Yes lineup - as Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman (ARW). The band also includes bassist Lee Pomeroy and drummer Louis Molino III.
Since they last played together in 1990 on the highly successful Yes "Union Tour," there have been various hybrid versions of the band. However, none featured the iconic voice of Anderson, Rabin's guitar talent and the keyboard wizardry of Wakeman. The aim of the band is to restore the standard of excellence in performance established with the 1990 shows - which saw Yes members past and present come together for the first (and only) time.
"To be able to sing and perform with Rick and Trevor at this time in my life is a treasure beyond words," Anderson said. "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."
"Trevor and I have wanted to play Yes music together since the Union Tour," Wakeman said. "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."
One of the most successful prog-rock groups of all time, Yes was co-founded by Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968, and went on to sell millions of units with releases such as "Fragile," "Close to The Edge," "Tales From Topographic Oceans," "Going For The One" and "90125," as well as embarking on several record-breaking world tours.
While Wakeman is associated with the '70s "prog era" of the band (which saw Yes become a worldwide stadium headliner) and Rabin associated with the '80s "pop era" of the band (which furthered the band's popularity - including the band's biggest chart success), Anderson is the bridge between both periods.
Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts box office (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays) and tickets.com. To charge tickets, call 1-888-223-6000. For more information, call 716-645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org or www.arw-tour.com.