August 02, 2005

Source: Billboard

Immigration Drama Scotches Howe-Squire-White Tour

By Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

The More Drama Tour, a North American outing combining the side projects of three longtime Yes principals, has been canceled due to immigration problems. The VH1 Classic-presented run was slated to open tonight (Aug. 2) in Seattle and play more than 20 shows before closing Sept. 4 in Cleveland.

Key details surrounding the cancellation were not available at deadline, with a statement saying only that immigration issues arose "in the wake of heightened security brought on by the recent terrorist attacks in London." The U.K.-based artists still hope to mount a tour at another time.

"We're frustrated as much as the fans are but we understand the importance of the heightened security and hope we can reschedule the tour at some point," bassist Chris Squire says. Refunds will be made available through point of sale outlets.

The shows were to feature the music of guitarist Steve Howe, Squire's pre-Yes act the Syn (with original vocalist Stephen Nardelli) and drummer Alan White's new band, White, which also includes another Yes alum, keyboardist Geoff Downes.

The musicians also planned to revisit material from Yes' 1980's album, "Drama," recorded with a lineup of Howe, Squire, White, Downes and guitarist/vocalist Trevor Horn. That incarnation only existed for about a year.

According to the official White Web site, the band -- completed by vocalist Kevin Currie, bassist Steve Boyce and guitarist Karl Haug -- has completed its debut album and planned to sell it at the More Drama shows. No other release information for the self-titled disc is available, although 10 songs can be sampled in the site's multimedia section.

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