Yes' Yestival Tour Canceled Following Death of Steve Howe's Son

12Sep - by Betty Ducharme

The remaining dates on Yes’ Yestival Tour with Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy have been scrapped following the unexpected death guitarist Steve Howe’s younger son, Virgil. 

The tragic situation was explained in a brief post on the Hall Famers’ website, though details surrounding Virgil’s death were not disclosed.

The British prog-rock masters, which currently features a lineup Steve Howe, Alan White, Gef Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood, “want to thank all their fans for their support and understanding at this time,” a statement reads. “Steve Howe and family ask for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.”

Ticket refunds for the affected tour dates — in Moorhead, Cedar Rapids, London, Rochester, Boston and Huntington — will be available at point purchase, according to the post. 

Virgil, drummer for British power-rock outfit Little Barrie, played behind the kit, sang and performed keys on his father’s 1993 album The Grand Scheme Things.  Little Barrie released a fifth studio album Death Express on July 7 Non Delux. 

Howe’s other son Dylan, who's worked with him on many his solo albums, including The Grand Scheme Things, has been a part the summer Yes shows, which kicked f Aug. 4.

After doing a few years full-album shows, this time out Yes have been mining the group's first nine albums — 1969's Yes through 1978's Tormato, with at least one song from each.

Yestival Tour was the band’s first full-scale outing since its induction in the Rock Hall class 2017.

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