Yes Cancels Remaining Tour Dates Following Death of Steve Howe's Son Virgil

September 12, 2017
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YES have announced that Virgil Howe, son of guitarist Steve Howe, has died unexpectedly; as such, they made the difficult decision to cancel the remaining dates of their Yestival Tour—what would’ve been their first full tour as Rock & Roll Hall of Famers—with Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy.

Virgil Howe, a musician in his own right, was the drummer for British rock band Little Barrie, which released its album Death Express this summer and recorded the theme song to the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul. As Billboard notes, Howe also contributed vocals, drums, and keys on his dad’s 1993 solo album, The Grand Scheme of Things.

The details surrounding Howe’s death remain undisclosed. YES, in its current lineup of Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, and Billy Sherwood, have thanked fans for their love and support and have asked for privacy for the Howe family at this time.