Guitarist Steve Howe to perform Stratford Circus show

Steve Howe will be performing at Stratford Circus

Steve Howe will be performing at Stratford Circus - Credit: Ben Conway

Guitarist Steve Howe is taking a break from performing with the reformed prog rock band Yes to play a one-man show at Stratford Circus tonight.

The show, his only London date on a two-week ­national tour, will see Howe perform on different guitars and feature songs from various stages of his career.

“I’m playing a bit of jazz, a bit of rock, a bit of Yes, which is what people will expect me to play,” he said.

“You have to adapt your show depending on the size of the venue, but I like playing smaller places like Stratford Circus.

“There are fans that have followed us through the different line-ups, different bands and now solo careers, and it’s great at these smaller venues because they can come and chat with us.”

Holloway-born Steve started learning the guitar at the age of 12, inspired by the likes of American guitarist Chet Atkins.

He joined Yes in 1970, and has performed with them on and off ever since, as well as with bands Asia and GTR.

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After half a decade in the music industry – Steve ­recorded his first track in 1964 – he is showing no signs of slowing down.

“I’m touring Japan, Australia and New Zealand with Yes later this year, and I’m finishing off an album with the Steve Howe Trio.

“Everyone knows the industry’s changed. Some things have worked out for us better than others but we’ve got to embrace it.”

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30pm cost between £18 and £30, and can be bought by calling the box office on 0844 357 2625 or on stratford-circus.com

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