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    Just saw on Facebook an official statement from YES management that Alan White will not pe playing with YES for the next tour. Jay Schellen alone takes over drums duties.

    #2
    Originally posted by Sharp On Attack View Post
    Just saw on Facebook an official statement from YES management that Alan White will not pe playing with YES for the next tour. Jay Schellen alone takes over drums duties.
    😢 Thanks for the update.

    Here's the full text of the announcement:

    YES MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCE CHANGE TO UK TOUR LINE-UP

    YES Management have announced today that due to current health issues Alan White will not be taking part on the forthcoming 50th Anniversary Close to the Edge UK Tour.

    Alan was really looking forward to playing live again preparing to celebrate 50 years with Yes, having joined the band for the July 1972 Close to the Edge Tour, coming full circle in 2022. Alan’s close friend Jay Schellen will be taking on drumming duties in Alan’s place.

    The Album Series Tour 2022 which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of YES’ iconic album Close to the Edge and will feature the album, performed in full, along with other classic tracks from YES’ extensive catalogue.

    The tour line-up will feature Steve Howe (guitars), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals) with Jay Schellen (drums and percussion).

    The show will comprise full production and a high-definition video wall directed by Roger Dean who will also be joining the tour with an exhibition of YES related art.

    A full performance of the Relayer album will now be featured in a future UK tour in The Album Series. European dates were recently announced for rescheduled dates in 2023.

    The 10 date UK and Eire tour starts on 15th June - full dates are:
    Wed 15th June Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
    Fri 17th June Manchester Bridgewater Hall
    Sat 18th June Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
    Mon 20th June Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
    Tues 21st June London Royal Albert Hall
    Wed 22nd June York Barbican
    Fri 24th June Birmingham Symphony Hall
    Sun 26th June Newcastle O2 City Hall
    Tues 28th June Dublin Vicar Street
    Wed 29th June Cork Opera House

    Tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows.

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      #3
      Alan White was a great one for a long time. A great drummer and a wonderful human being. He was a stabilizing personality in a band of competing personalities. Age catches up to us all eventually. I wish Mr. White and his family well in their retirement years.

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        #4
        In reality this isn’t much of a change, since Jay has been doing the vast majority of drumming anyway. I wish Alan well and hope he makes a full recovery.

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          #5
          I mean, if you saw and heard Alan White in the news reports following the theft of his Imagine drum kit then it was pretty obvious that he sadly wouldn’t be traveling great distances and playing drums any time soon, if ever again. Really the band should have probably announced that White wouldn’t be playing at the same time they announced the set list change from Relayer to CTTE because they surely could have known at that point.
          “Well ain’t life grand when you finally hit it?”-David Lee Roth

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            #6
            Originally posted by Frumious B View Post
            I mean, if you saw and heard Alan White in the news reports following the theft of his Imagine drum kit then it was pretty obvious that he sadly wouldn’t be traveling great distances and playing drums any time soon, if ever again. Really the band should have probably announced that White wouldn’t be playing at the same time they announced the set list change from Relayer to CTTE because they surely could have known at that point.
            I can imagine they felt it was Alan's call. And Alan just loves Yes, Yes music and Yes fans so much that it must be hard and devastating for him to have to make that call and I can imagine him waiting as long as possible to make the call, to see if he could make it. But he's also a pro of course, so he eventually did make the call. But as said, I understand after 50 years of service the band wanted to leave the call up to him.
            Last edited by Mr. Holland; 05-22-2022, 09:44 AM.

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              #7
              Originally posted by alex peters View Post
              Alan White was a great one for a long time. A great drummer and a wonderful human being. He was a stabilizing personality in a band of competing personalities. Age catches up to us all eventually. I wish Mr. White and his family well in their retirement years.
              I echo that sentiment.

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                #8
                Sorry to hear this, hope Alan feels better soon!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by alex peters View Post
                  Alan White was a great one for a long time. A great drummer and a wonderful human being. He was a stabilizing personality in a band of competing personalities. Age catches up to us all eventually. I wish Mr. White and his family well in their retirement years.
                  Indeed. We've lost so many to death, but we also lose them to "retirement". They just cannot tour or participate anymore, sometimes just too infirm, or perhaps just to have a normal life, with only a few changing their minds.

                  John Deacon
                  Huey Lewis
                  Garth Brooks
                  Linda Ronstadt
                  Joni Mitchell
                  Tina Turner
                  Bill Wyman
                  Ray Thomas
                  Cher
                  Ozzy
                  John Entwistle
                  David Lee Roth
                  Malcolm Young
                  Cliff Williams
                  Neil Diamond

                  Bill Bruford

                  Alan White 😢

                  I know there's far more . . . these are just the ones off the top of my head.

                  I know that there's a few that are just had, or are planning retirement tours this year or the next:
                  Elton John
                  Paul Simon
                  Aretha Franklin



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                    #10
                    Originally posted by pianozach View Post

                    Indeed. We've lost so many to death, but we also lose them to "retirement". They just cannot tour or participate anymore, sometimes just too infirm, or perhaps just to have a normal life, with only a few changing their minds.

                    John Deacon
                    Huey Lewis
                    Garth Brooks
                    Linda Ronstadt
                    Joni Mitchell
                    Tina Turner
                    Bill Wyman
                    Ray Thomas
                    Cher
                    Ozzy
                    John Entwistle
                    David Lee Roth
                    Malcolm Young
                    Cliff Williams
                    Neil Diamond

                    Bill Bruford

                    Alan White 😢

                    I know there's far more . . . these are just the ones off the top of my head.

                    I know that there's a few that are just had, or are planning retirement tours this year or the next:
                    Elton John
                    Paul Simon
                    Aretha Franklin


                    I would pay top dollar to see Simon and Garfunkel 1 more time

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by pianozach View Post

                      Indeed. We've lost so many to death, but we also lose them to "retirement". They just cannot tour or participate anymore, sometimes just too infirm, or perhaps just to have a normal life, with only a few changing their minds.

                      John Deacon
                      Huey Lewis
                      Garth Brooks
                      Linda Ronstadt
                      Joni Mitchell
                      Tina Turner
                      Bill Wyman
                      Ray Thomas
                      Cher
                      Ozzy
                      John Entwistle
                      David Lee Roth
                      Malcolm Young
                      Cliff Williams
                      Neil Diamond

                      Bill Bruford

                      Alan White 😢

                      I know there's far more . . . these are just the ones off the top of my head.

                      I know that there's a few that are just had, or are planning retirement tours this year or the next:
                      Elton John
                      Paul Simon
                      Aretha Franklin


                      I remember seeing Alan White and Yes for the 1st time in the early 1970's. Unbelievable drummer. I also remember the Big Generator tour. If I remember correctly they used the same stage setup as the 90125 show. The BG tour was almost 90125 continued.

                      At the end of the show when they took their bows Alan White almost fell off the front of the stage from pure exhaustion. The stage elevated from front to back and Mr. White lost his balance as he came down from his drum perch. The other players laughed and took their curtain call to the full house screaming for Starship Trooper.


                      White gave it his all on every performance.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by alex peters View Post

                        I would pay top dollar to see Simon and Garfunkel 1 more time
                        I think that's an extremely unlikely possibility for quite a number of reasons ... but you never know ...

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                          #13
                          I’d rather have Alan playing on albums if he’s up to it and retiring from performing, than him sitting on stage shaking a tambourine.
                          That would reduce him to a mascot. Let’s not go there (again).

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                            #14
                            I really hope his health takes a turn for the better, just for his sake as a person. I wonder if we will see him with Yes again at this point? It would be nice to see him contribute to writing and recording in some way if he’s into that. My gut tells me this is a transition into retirement though.

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                              #15
                              Sad to hear but Alan White has earned the right to step down, hopefully temporarily, to take care of himself. Like with other powerhouse drummers (Phil Collins, Neil from Rush), eventually there will be some rag and tear on the body, He made the right call. Fortunately Jay Schellen is a very 'Alan White' type drummer and Yes are in good hands with him. I like Jay and if Alan is gone for good, it's not the end. Jay will make it work and the drum transition will be smooth. He already has put the time in Yes and fits well. But in saying that, to me Alan White will always be the Yes drummer. All the best to him.

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