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2017 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES YES JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN, RICK WAKEMAN ARE SET TO PERFORM ON THE VERIZON HALL STAGE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1

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2017 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

YES

JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN,

RICK WAKEMAN ARE SET TO PERFORM

ON THE VERIZON HALL STAGE

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, August 31, 2017)–– The wait is over. The legendary rock band YES is back after a 25 year hiatus, and it’s kicking off a global tour with a stop in Philadelphia.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in association with BRE Presents & LME are proud to announce that the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees will take the Verizon Hall stage on October 1 at 7:30PM.  Long-time YES fans can rejoice as Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman will reform the definitive YES line-up as Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman (ARW).

“As one of the most influential and outstanding progressive rock bands in history, YES has transcended musical genres and accrued noteworthy accomplishment throughout its career,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “It is truly a surreal experience to be able to welcome these divine musicians to our campus, to put on what is sure to be a stunning performance for rock fans everywhere.”

Since last playing together as YES in 1990 on the highly successful ‘Union Tour,’ there have been several hybrid versions of the English rock band, however, none that featured the iconic voice of founding member Jon Anderson, the outstanding talent of guitarist Trevor Rabin, and the keyboard wizardry of Rick Wakeman, until now. Currently, ARW’s goal is to restore the standard of excellence in performance that was established with their 1990s show, when YES members past and present came together for the only time of the legendary band’s career.

Founded by Jon Anderson in London in 1968, the band has undergone various member formations throughout its history, all-in-all, featuring 19 musicians as full timers throughout the band’s career.  From their start, YES has explored an array of musical styles, including rock, pop, blues, and jazz, but are most notably regarded as the pioneers of progressive rock. In 1983, guitarist Trevor Rabin joined the band, bringing forth a more commercial, pop-oriented musical direction, resulting in their highest selling album to date. Keyboardist Rick Wakeman joined the band in 1971 and played across five tenures of the group between 1971 and 2004. 

YES has sold 13.5 million RIAA-certified albums in the U.S., won a Grammy® Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1985, and received five additional Grammy® nominations between 1985 and 1992. This past April, YES was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

YES FEATURING JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN, RICK WAKEMAN AS ARW

Verizon Hall

October 1, 2017, 7:30 PM

Tickets

Tickets are on sale now and start at $69.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Attendees can purchase various VIP packages including: Front Row Meet & Greet, Meet & Greet, Hot Sound Package, Gold Hot Seat Package, and Silver Hot Seat Package. More information at kimmelcenter.org.

BRE Presents

BRE is a full service, live entertainment company based in Haddonfield, NJ. It offers promotion services for touring artists, including booking, producing and presenting concerts and live events, primarily in the Northeastern U.S.

LME

Logan Media Entertainment is a global music company with offices in London and Los Angeles. It was established in 2011.

 

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2017-2018 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org.

 

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