Following death of Steve Howe’s son, Yestival Tour is canceled

MSO PRThe rest of Yes‘ Yestival tour have been canceled, following the sudden death of guitarist Steve Howe‘s son.

A note on the band’s official website reads, “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.”

The note continues, “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.”

The Yestival tour, which also included Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, was the Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers’ first major trek since they were inducted into the Hall earlier this year.

According to Billboard, Virgil, 41, played drums for Little Barrie, a British band whose most recent album, Death Express, came out in July.  He also played and sang on his dad’s 1993 album, The Grand Scheme of Things.

Virgil’s cause of death is currently unknown.  According to the U.K. paper The Independent, he’s survived by his wife, model and TV host Jen Dawson, as well as his parents and his siblings, Dylan, Georgia and Stephanie.

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