The rock band Yes has spent this summer touring with Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy for their Yestival 2017 Summer Tour. During Yes’s performances during this tour, the band has been playing one track from each studio album chronologically from 1969’s YES to 1980’s DRAMA, while still managing to throw a few surprises into the mix during each live performance. The tour kicked off on August 4th in Greensboro, North Carolina, and over the past few weeks has wound its way across the Northeast, Midwest, and Canada. Today, the band has announced that the remaining dates for their Yestival 2017 Tour have been canceled following the tragic death of guitarist Steve Howe’s younger son, Virgil Howe, who was a drummer for the band Little Barrie.
The band posted the following note on Facebook: Due to the tragic, unexpected death of guitarist Steve Howe’s beloved younger son, Virgil, YES regrettably announces that the remaining dates of their Yestival Tour have been cancelled. Ticket refunds for the affected tour dates (in Moorhead, Cedar Rapids, London, Rochester, Boston and Huntington) will be available at point of purchase. YES — Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood — want to thank all their fans for their support and understanding at this time. Steve Howe and family ask for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.