Yes Cancels Shows Due To Coronavirus

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YES are among the latest act to cancel their shows due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The band has a handful of shows in the southeast United States within the month along with the Alan Parsons Live Project. The supposed dates were to lead into the band’s participation in the seventh annual Cruise to the Edge, a show that they’ve been headlining every year since 2013. Now, Yes will no longer make an appearance at any of their previously scheduled spring dates.

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“Although Yes performs with the spirit that ‘the show must go on,’ we’ve reached the point where various factors require us to cancel our forthcoming U.S. dates and cancel our appearances on the 7th ‘Cruise To The Edge,” guitarist Steve Howe said in a statement. “We are full of regret, as we’ve been preparing for these shows with maximum excitement. Running a relatively large show aided by our 12-piece crew and full production requires insurance coverage, which is currently unavailable to us for a variety of reasons beyond our control. Mostly, we always hope to deliver a great show, creating a good experience for music fans and bringing joy to all. It’s become impossible to predict what will happen in the near future, but we look forward to seeing you all very soon.”

Drummer Alan White added that the group “will genuinely miss our fans/friends who have accompanied us for years on these fun excursions. Gigi [Alan’s wife] and I have very close personal friends and family members who booked to join us for this trip so we are all extremely disappointed. It is unfortunate timing for everyone. We sincerely hope that all involved will realize the last thing the band ever wants to do is to let down their audiences. We believe it is a prudent decision based on many variables and external factors.”