Yes Family Tragedy

Final Yestival shows canceled due to death of Steve Howe’s son

By Gary Graff
September 12, 2017

A family tragedy has forced Yes to cancel the final six dates of its Yestival tour. Virgil Howe, son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe and drummer in the band Little Barrie, passed on Monday (September 11) of “tragic, unexpected” but unspecified causes.

Yes posted a message to fans announcing the shows’ cancellations and ticket refunds. The note stated that: “Yes…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.”

Virgil Howe was set to be on a UK tour with Little Barrie (best known for its theme song for “Better Call Saul”) on Wednesday (September 13). He played keyboards and sang on Steve Howe’s solo albums The Grand Scheme Of Things and Remedy and had also recorded an instrumental album titled Nexus that’s slated for release in November. Virgil’s brother Dylan was added to Yes’ lineup as a second drummer for the Yestival dates.