YES are to release a new live album at the end of October and have rescheduled their “Album Series” concert tour for 2021 in the wake of dates cancelled earlier this year. They have also released a single version of John Lennon’s classic “Imagine” to mark the occasion of John Lennon’s 80th birthday.
October 9, 2020 would have been Lennon’s 80th birthday. As one of the creative forces in The Beatles, John Lennon remains one of the most influential musicians of all time and “Imagine” is one his best-loved songs. It was recorded in May 1971, after The Beatles’ split, in Lennon’s studio at his home in Berkshire and featured soon-to-be YES drummer Alan White who was a member of Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band ensemble.
On it’s release “Imagine” peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard chart, although it was not released as a single in the UK until 1975, reaching number 6 on the singles’ chart. Following Lennon’s death, in December 1980, “Imagine” was reissued, topping the UK chart, and has been covered by over 200 artists.
Lennon spotted Alan White playing drums with his band Griffin in a London club and invited him to join the Plastic Ono Band for the Live Peace concert in Toronto in 1969, alongside Yoko Ono, Klaus Voorman and Eric Clapton. White played drums on Lennon’s single “Instant Karma” and George Harrison’s album “All Things Must Pass” before Lennon invited him to play on “Imagine.”
Yes have released “Imagine” as a single through BMG Records. The track was recorded at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas during the encore on the final night of their 2019 US “Royal Affair Tour” and will be included on “The Royal Affair Tour Live From Vegas” album due for release on October 30, 2020. Watch the video below:
Having been forced to cancel their 2020 concert dates in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, YES have announced new dates for 2021. The Album Series 2021 Tour will feature their 1974 album “Relayer” in its entirety, the latest as YES continue to revisit their classic albums in full, together with a selection of other YES favourites.
YES 2021 Album Series UK Tour Dates:
16/05/21: MANCHESTER, Bridgewater Hall
17/05/21: BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall
19/05/21: YORK, Barbican Centre
20/05/21: GATESHEAD, Sage
22/05/21: LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic Hall
23/05/21: NOTTINGHAM, Royal Concert Hall
24/05/21: LONDON, Royal Albert Hall
26/05/21: DUBLIN, Vicar Street
28/05/21: GLASGOW, Royal Concert Hall