Trevor Horn will join progressive rock legends Yes on stage for the first time in thirty-six years, when the band play Oxford's New Theatre on 9th May. The date comes ahead of the 'Fragile' band's show at London's historic Royal Albert Hall on 10th May, for which they'll also be joined by the lauded producer.
Horn confirmed his guest appearance with the influential outfit after joining the band for a rehearsal session at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth last week. Whilst there, Robert Plant - who was working in another studio at Rockfield - popped in to say hello.
Trevor's appearance with the band comes as part of Yes' extensive UK and European tour that will see them performing their landmark ‘Drama’ album - their only release with Horn fronting the band - in its entirety for the very first time, together with 1971's celebrated ‘Fragile’, and other seminal hits from their catalogue.
Released in 1980, ‘Drama’ marked a change of direction for Yes. Widely acclaimed by critics, the disc reached number 2 in the U.K. charts. Following the tour, Yes disbanded, with Trevor venturing into production. Horn went on to produce the band’s next album, 1983's pop-centric '90125'.
Speaking about performing 'Drama', guitarist Steve Howe says; "Most of the songs haven’t been performed in some 30 years".
Meanwhile, with the death of founder member Chris Squire last year, drummer Alan White sees the pending union as a momentous one. Says the percussionist; "Reliving those years will be very emotional. I know Chris would have loved to be here with us for this”.
Yes' U.K. tour kicks off in Glasgow at The Royal Concert Hall on 27th April, with dates across the country until 10th May, when the tour concludes at The Royal Albert Hall. The band then head over to the European mainland for a string of dates starting in Paris on 13th May. The trek concludes in Rome on 1st June.
Tickets for Yes' U.K. dates are available online, and via 24 hour ticket Hhotline on 0844 338 0000.
Yes 2016 U.K. Dates:
27 Apr - Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
29 Apr - Newcastle, City Hall
30 Apr - Manchester, Apollo
2 May - Liverpool, Philharmonic
3 May - Sheffield, City Hall
4 May - Bristol, Colston Hall
6 May - Birmingham, Symphony Hall
7 May - Brighton, Brighton Centre
9 May - Oxford, New Theatre
10 May - London, Royal Albert Hall