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Steve Howe Talks New Live Yes Box Set

Yes has released a second teaser video from its upcoming Progeny: Seven Shows From Seventy-Two box set, which comes out May 19.

The new clip features a snippet of "Roundabout" accompanied by some of artist Roger Dean's trademark images. Guitarist Steve Howe tells us that he has warm memories of the 1972 tour, which saw the group supporting its Close to the Edge album, switching drummers -- from Bill Bruford to Alan White -- and getting ready for the following year's ambitious Tales of Topographic Oceans album:


"We were at a turning point. I think it was great to do these kind of recordings because my involvement on 'The Yes Album,' 'Fragile' and 'Close to the Edge' had set a new benchmark for Yes, and ultimately with the inclusion of Rick Wakeman and the inclusion after 'Close to the Edge' of Alan White...That three-album set is greatly covered by these concerts and 'Yessongs' are a period in time when our classic music with Bill Bruford was archetypal and basically set the bar, set a very high standard."

Yessongs Yes' first live album, was recorded during the same tour. In addition to the "Progeny" box set, Yes will also release a two-disc Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two set. Yes begins a 26-date summer tour with Toto on August 27 in Mashantucket, Conn.

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.