Yes plans 40th anniversary tour

March 20, 2008 at 9:14 PM
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NEW YORK, March 20 (UPI) -- The progressive rock group Yes is planning to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a North American concert tour, Live Nation announced Thursday.

Tickets for the "Close to the Edge and Back Tour" are to go on sale March 29.

Marking the band's first extensive tour in more than five years, the 26-date series is scheduled to kick off July 12 in Quebec City, Quebec and wrap up Aug. 22 in Los Angeles.

"It feels incredible to gear up and get ready for the road," Yes front man Jon Anderson said in a statement. "It's been five years since our last tour. We're all very excited to play to all of our fans, a lot of which have been with us for almost 40 years. A lot of marriages don't even last that long."

VH1 Classic and Yes are also looking for talented, aspiring rock performers to join the band on stage. Those who wish to be considered are invited to upload videos of themselves performing an original rock song or piece of music on VH1Classic.com, starting early next month.

A panel of VH1 Classic judges and Anderson will select three finalists and the VH1Classic.com audience will then vote for the winner.

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