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Yes, Peter Frampton performing at Lucky Star Casino in Oklahoma
If ever there was a rock band with the credentials to play as highbrow a venue as the amphitheater at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, it's Yes.
The premier art rock band of the often musically overwrought "progressive" '70s, Yes has always been made up of some of the most accomplished musicians in the genre, outlasting such contemporaries as Emerson, Lake and Palmer and the original versions of King Crimson and Genesis with songs of classically influenced complexity and beauty that are still crowd-pleasers.
Sadly, Jon Anderson, the distinctive multi-octave voice of the band, had to drop out of the lineup permanently in 2004 due to respiratory problems, and flamboyant Rick Wakeman, prog-rock's king of the cathedral-size keyboard flourishes, has gone off to become a British TV personality.
But through all the comings and goings over the years (drummer Bill Bruford, guitarists Peter Banks, Trevor Rabin and Billy Sherwood, keyboardists Tony Kaye, Patrick Moraz and Geoffrey Downes, and singer Trevor Horn), the one constant in the mix has been bassist/vocalist Chris Squire, who founded the band with Anderson in Birmingham, England, in 1968.
"That's more by default than design," Squire said of his uninterrupted membership in Yes.
He was speaking from a Washington, D.C., hotel room last week, the morning after a Yes performance at — where else — Wolf Trap.
On Tuesday, Yes will play the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, which illustrates the variety of venues the "wondrously storied" band can fit right into.
"At the moment, this current lineup is playing real well, and the current tour that we're on with Peter Frampton opening for us is going extremely well," Squire said. "I mean, we played last night here to about 7 or 8,000 people at the show in Washington, so people are liking the ticket a lot."
But Squire is quick to reassure that the current version of Yes — including longtime members Steve Howe on guitar and Alan White on drums, along with Oliver Wakeman (son of Rick Wakeman) on keyboards and Benoit David on vocals — is not through writing new music, even though the band hasn't released an album of new material since 2001's "Magnification."
"In fact, we're planning to go into the studio Oct. 4 this year to do a new album of material," he said. "But of course that's going to be with Oliver Wakeman and Benoit."
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When: 8 p.m. Tuesday. Where: Lucky Star Casino, 7777 N U.S. 81, Concho. Tickets: $35 general admission, $75 for VIP seating.