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Yes cancels remaining tour dates following death of Steve Howe's son

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Yes have canceled the remaining shows on their "Yestival" tour due to the sudden death of guitarist Steve Howe's son, 42-year-old drummer Virgil Howe -- who was due to start a tour tomorrow (September 13th) with his band, Little Barrie. Virgil's older brother, Dylan Howe, had recently joined Yes as their second drummer alongside Alan White.

Yes posted a message on Facebook which reads in full:

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.

When we last caught up to Steve Howe, he told us how proud he was of his sons, Dylan and Virgil, being accomplished musicians in their own right -- with Dylan being a noted jazz drummer and Virgil a well-know drummer and keyboardist. Both of them were part of Howe's side project Steve Howe's Remedy. Steve told us that ultimately, it worked out best that he's the only guitarist in the family: "If Virgil and Dylan decide to be guitarists, we might be talking about, 'Yeah, we've done an album with three guitarists.' But the difficulty for them would be to be as good as me, to follow, y'know, in my path directly. But their ambitions on different instruments allow them to grow at their own pace, to be not so easily compared to me."

Cancelled: Yes tour dates (subject to change):

September 12 - Cedar Rapids, IA - McGrath Amphitheatre (Yes & Todd Rundgren)
September 14 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens (Yes & Todd Rundgren)
September 17 - Boston, MA - The Wilbur Theatre
September 18, 19 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount Theatre (Yes only)

Side Notes:

Blabbermouth posted that Steve Howe had recently spoken about working with Virgil on an upcoming album titled Nexus, which will be released on November 17th. He told Prog magazine, "I've done a wealth of different things but I haven't done anything like this before. I feel it's steering me in a different direction. It's a full-on collaborative album, not a duet. It's been refreshing to work with Virgil and we've pulled this beautiful album together. Although it's got shades of mellow music, it doesn't sit still. It moves across electronic music and my guitars. This is an opportunity to discover what Virgil's been doing on the side of his drumming with Little Barrie. He's got a hard rock and funk side but this has totally different shades.”

Check it out: Yes in concert on August 19, 2015 at The Family Arena

Yes: August 19, 2015

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Yes: August 19, 2015
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© Bill Parsons
Yes live on stage at The Family Arena on August 19th

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