Yes will bring ‘Close to the Edge’ celebration tour to New Brunswick and Englewood

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Yes (from left, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, Jay Schellen and Billy Sherwood).

Yes will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Close to the Edge album with a tour that comes to the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Oct. 9, and BergenPAC in Englewood, Nov. 17. Tickets go on sale Sept. 2 at 11 a.m., with pre-sales beginning earlier in the week.

Other area shows include the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pa., Oct. 7-8; the Palace Theatre in Stamford, Conn., Nov. 14; the Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa., Nov. 18; and the NYCB Theatre Westbury in Westbury, N.Y., Nov. 19.

The band’s lineup will include guitarist Steve Howe, singer and guitarist Jon Davison, keyboardist Geoff Downes, bassist Billy Sherwood and drummer Jay Schellen. Longtime Yes drummer Alan White died in May; Schellen has worked with Yes at various times since 2016, subbing for White or joining the band as a second drummer.

Original Yes singer Jon Anderson, who is no longer with the group, mounted his own Close to the Edge 50th anniversary tour earlier this year, and performed at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, July 14.

Close to the Edge is widely considered one of Yes’ greatest albums, with three prog-rock epics: “And You and I” and “Siberian Khatru,” in addition to the title track. Howe and Anderson were in the band at the time, along with bassist Chris Squire (who died in 2015), keyboardist Rick Wakeman and drummer Bill Bruford.

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