The YESTIVAL tour rolled through Vancouver on Tuesday September 5th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, featuring YES, one of progressive rock’s most celebrated and legendary bands of the last 5 decades and very special guest Todd Rundgren. ( A “wizard and true Star” in his own right) After doing a couple of years of full-album concerts, this time out Yes is featuring the group’s first nine albums (1969’s Yes through 1978’s Tormato), with at least one song from each. I had the unique opportunity to speak with Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes about the group’s (and his own with BUGGLES & ASIA) legacy and what’s to come for the 50th anniversary in 2018.
Todd Rundgren has been opening all Canadian dates on the YESTIVAL tour which wraps on September 19th in Huntington NY. Todd has been making and producing music since his late teens with the Nazz, Utopia, his solo projects and working with such diverse groups including The Band‘s Stage Fright (1970), Badfinger‘s Straight Up (1971), Grand Funk Railroad‘s We’re an American Band (1973), the New York Dolls‘s New York Dolls (1973), Hall & Oates‘s War Babies (1974), Meat Loaf‘s Bat Out of Hell (1977) and XTC‘s Skylarking(1986). I managed to track him down at his hotel and had a one on one with Mr. Unpredictable, talking about his incredible 50 years in the music business and what’s next.