Does the teaming of three former Yes members make that band Yes? Singer Jon Anderson, guitarist Trevor Rabin and keyboardist Rick Wakeman are answering in the affirmative.
In announcing a new set of North American tour dates for late summer and fall, ARW -- which formed and first toured during 2016 -- is billing itself as Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman; The tour kicks off August 26 in Stockton, Calif., and runs through October 11 in Clearwater, Fla.
In a statement, Anderson says that, "It's very simple; The fans want it and it's our right to use the name. Yes music is in our DNA."
The current edition of Yes -- which includes longtime members Steve Howe and Alan White -- responded with its own statement that, "While Jon Anderson has rights to use the name as one of the co-owners of the trademark, Yes' position is that every effort should be made by promoters, ticket agencies and all involved to respect Yes' magnificent and loyal fanbase and minimize confusion regarding the use of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman."
Yes is mounting its own Yestival tour this summer with Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer`s ELP experience.
ARW's name change, however, counters the position Anderson took with us earlier this year:
“Y'know, you've got Rick and Trevor and they're very, very, very talented people, so the band has some infusion of what classic Yes should be, and I think that's what we are. As you know we can't go around calling ourselves Yes 'cause there's already a Yes out there...and you can say, 'Well, they're doing what they're doing.' We can't tread on their world. So we'll just go out as ARW and let people know we are Yes in our state of mind."
ARW is working on new music, with four songs finished so far according to Anderson. The full ARW itinerary includes:
8/26 – Stockton, CA, Bob Hope Theater
8/28 – Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery
8/31 – Las Vegas, NV, Smith Center
9/2 – Layton, UT, The Kenley Amphitheater
9/3 – Littleton, CO, Hudson Gardens
9/5 – Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center
9/7 – Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
9/9 – Hammond, IN, Venue at the Horseshoe Casino
9/12 – Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion
9/13 – Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
9/15 – Akron, OH, Goodyear Theater at East End
9/16 – Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
9/18 – Quebec City, QC, Grand Theatre du Quebec City
9/19 – Montreal, QC, St. Denis Theatre
9/23 – Wallingford, CT, Toyota Oakdale Theatre
9/24 – Brookville, NY, Tilles Center
9/27 – Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
9/29 – Reading, PA, Santander Performing Arts Center
9/30 – Trenton, NJ, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
10/1 – Philadelphia, PA, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
10/4 – Boston, MA, Orpheum Theater
10/7 – Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Casino
10/8 – Red Bank, NJ, CCount Basie Theatre
10/11 – Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.