Progressive rock can be both challenging and accessible, much like a James Joyce pop-up book or a mathematical proof written in barbecue sauce. Calculate the thrills of the incalculably catchy with this GrouponLive deal to see Yes and Procol Harum, presented by Philadelphia’s classic rock 102.9 WMGK at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby on Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Choose from the following reserved seating options:
- For $26, you get one ticket for balcony seating (up to a $58 value, including all fees).
- For $44, you get one ticket for seating in the back of the orchestra (up to a $79.75 value).
- For $60, you get one ticket for orchestra or loge seating (up to a $112 value, including all fees).
Combining their English progressive-rock forces, siblings of the '70s Yes and Procol Harum strike out on their North America summer 2012 tour with songs characterized by complex arrangements and fantastical lyrics. The virtuosos of Yes flaunt their titanic talents as they crack the spine on a songbook that includes showstoppers such as “Roundabout,” famed for its manic keyboard solo, as well as material from their newest album, Fly from Here. Best known for their hit debut, "A Whiter Shade of Pale," Procol Harum combines baroque and symphonic elements with arcane lyrics and the persistent sounds of synth organ, interspersed with screaming guitar solos.
Several decades of disparate architectural styles stand at the corner of 69th and Ludlow: an old-fashioned radio tower atop the Doric columns of a faux-classical cupola atop a streamlined marquee that broadcasts the year the Tower Theatre opened as a music venue: 1972. That's when it began helping introduce the world to such acts as David Bowie, Genesis, and Bruce Springsteen. Inside, red lights glow over an auditorium done up in the 1920s style of the movie palace that originally filled the venue, with marble pillars, Italianate archways, and an enormous light fixture that resembles an old film reel.