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  posted on 4/21/2004 at 06:13 PM
Has anyone here caught Yes on any of their shows these past couple of weeks? I have about a week left before I go see them in Greensboro, NC. I really looking forward to seeing them...I have never seen them before(believe it or not!). I was just wondering if they were as good this time around as people made them out to be before?

 

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  posted on 4/21/2004 at 07:06 PM
Hey UNCLEJON75,

you can find fan reviews at the Yes website at this URL:

http://www.yesworld.com/

If you've never seen them before you should be in for a treat. I've seen more Yes shows than any other band than I can think of. I lost count at somewhere around 23 shows. I once saw them three times in one week!

 

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  posted on 4/21/2004 at 07:22 PM
I saw Yes in the 70's, they were awesome. A bunch of very talented musicians. I haven't followed them, though in a long time. Is Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe still with the band? If so, you are definitely in for a treat! Enjoy!
 

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  posted on 4/21/2004 at 07:38 PM
Yes, it is the classic lineup. Sadly the US tour is limited to a short list and then they hit Euorpe.

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  posted on 4/21/2004 at 07:48 PM
Yeah, it's the classic tried-and-true lineup. I'm going to the Atlanta show next Wednesday (killer 5th row seats!). On that same Yes website you can find a "spoiler" list of songs that they rehearsed for the tour. I'm looking forward to hearing the Beatles, "Every Little Thing".

Hey Carlos, were there any dino's in that picture besides Keith Emerson and Jack Black? I was expecting to see your mug in there.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2004 at 08:01 PM
If you like the classic tunes, they play the meat of the catalog. No, they are not at their prime anymore, but a mediocre YES (if you like them) is still better than most other bands. One of the things that made people love/hate them was the musical indulgences in the shows.

If you like the 70's material, they should not disappoint

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  posted on 4/21/2004 at 09:40 PM
Musical Indulgences???
What, forty minute songs?Twenty minutes of drums and/or bass solos?Extended guitar solos?
GEE.....Who does THAT sound like?
Yes, like the ABB, takes you someplace with their music. And while their style may vary from the Brothers, they can rock it with the best of them. Don't you think Duane would have had a ball with Going For The One?

 

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 07:16 AM
Hi Rusty

But, I do have a photo of me as an overweight dinosaur and Rick Wakeman at a ABWH show in Portland OR 1990. There is a story in there

I was working for the Sheriff's Office in Portland then, and I got tixs for the show well before it was to play. On a whiim I wrote a note to the concert site promoter telling him that I would love to meet Wakeman, and that I already had a ticket, was not an obsessive fan (I lied), and held a responsible job. The night before the concert, the phone rings at home, while I was downstairs, and my wife starts screaming, "it's Rick Wakeman on the phone for you"....turns out it was his then manager who had been routed the letter. He called to say that if I met him at a specific door after the concert he would squire (pun intended) to Wakeman.

The show was pretty good, and as Anderson started talking about the environment, someone loudly proclaimed that Jon had discovered Oregon's finest export

Anyway, I got to that door, and discovered a ton of female groupies back there. The manager came out and called my name, asked for an id, and took me back to the post concert dining area. Wakeman was a fantastic interview, let me question him for about 30 minutes, about his career, keyboards, works with other folks including Larry "Synergy" Fast, whom I finally got to meet last year, and various issues with touring. Howe goes into a meditative state after shows, so was not present, Bill Bruford was really really pissed off for some reason and was cursing and throwing things around the room. Jon Anderson comes in, the guy is tiny but with the voice of an angel, and Wakeman calls him over and says "Jon, I want you to meet a good friend"....I was on clouds, I was towering over Anderson and I am only 5-9.

Anyway, at the end of the interview, Wakeman got Tony Levin to take a picture of me (well well overweight back then) and the Caped Crusader. It is one of my treasures I keep "squired" away along with an A&M Records hard cardboard poster I got Wakey to sign that night.

All I can say is that he was just (back then anyway) a really nice person, and very willing to meet and greet, so to speak. Anyone have a more recent experience to compare the times?

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 08:15 AM
Carlos, that's a fantastic story!

I have an old freind that worked for a health food restaurant back in the 70's-80's. They catered the post concert meal after a Yes show. I think it was "the Round" tour. Whichever tour it was, the opening act was Donovan.

She told me that all of the members of Yes, especially Jon and Rick were incredibly gracious. She said that Chris was a little stand-offish and that Donovan was a "world-class A-hole".

Like I said, I wasn't there so I can't corroborate.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 09:19 AM
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If you like the classic tunes, they play the meat of the catalog. No, they are not at their prime anymore, but a mediocre YES (if you like them) is still better than most other bands. One of the things that made people love/hate them was the musical indulgences in the shows.

If you like the 70's material, they should not disappoint

B


I have to disagree. I saw them last year with this line-up and they are as hot as ever.
Mediocre is an insult. The last really good studio album was with this line-up.
(keys to the ascension studio trackes) The studio stuff since Rick bailed was not
as good, but live they are still incredible.

Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman are playing better than they ever have.
Everyone is on top of their game.

Don't miss it if you can help it. tickets for Allentown PA went on sale today.
I gonna hit that show with some friends.

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 10:00 AM
Yes played last night here in Las Vegas, and I went to see them.

John is 100% correct. They are the real deal, as good as I have ever seen them. This is no 70's oldies act, they were absolutely nailing every tune, both vocally and musically. They tried out some new things, opening up the second set with acoustic Yes. They did an amazing acoustic Long Distance Runaround, and Roundabout.

Jon Anderson still sings as beautifully as before (how the heck did he ever sing that high in the first place?), Rick Wakeman just embellishes the whole band's sound, and Steve Howe plays his axxxxx off the whole night.

The biggest treat may well be the phenemenal, melodic bass playing of Chris Squire. He can flat out play, and he is very animated on stage. Go see these guys!

 

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 10:28 AM
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About Squire, right on. He is as funny and entertaining and talented as the rest, but when he starts teasing the audience with his bass plonking.....pretty good sonic material

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 10:36 AM
A couple of other things about the show last night.

Wakeman comes out in this lime green trenchcoat that glowed in the dark. When the lights dimmed, he looked absolutely freaky with him standing there, stage right amongst his multitude of synthesizers and keyboard instruments. Very cool visual during the show.

The acoustic set was excellent. They all huddled together in the center of the stage, and it was a very powerful set they did, totally entranced the audience. Their pacing and placement of songs in the show was excellent, and allowed them to "take the audience".


 

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 10:47 AM
Yes and ABB have been my two number one groups (Hey, if you people can list twenty albums in your top ten list, I can have two #1 groups) for a long time. I don't have any firm plan to make the IL show in May, but I very well might pop up there. I saw both the ABWH tour (excellent - Tony Levin on bass) and the Union show (good, the stage was pretty damned croweded . . . and one or two players were a bit out of their depth compared to one or two others - I won't say who).

Judging from recent material I have heard, you won't just be hearing Yessongs . . . even the old standby tunes will have some interesting modifications and rearrangements.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 10:54 AM
On the site of Yes ( Yesworld) it said that on June 21 a acoustic dvd will be released in Europe, this is regioncode 2 and Pall, it is recorded in the USA.
Too bad for the USA fans that it's not yet known when it will be released over there

Did the dvd YES SYMPHONIC been released in the USA?, it has been recorded here in Holland, it was a fantastic concert, too bad i was unable to get a ticket, the sales went too fast

 

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 11:24 AM
Yes, it was

I have to say it is a quite good combination, well filmed, performed, and arranged. One of my favorite "moments" is the young ladies playing strings getting very very excited at the music and doing their own version of the wave.

But, the luckiest person was the temp keyboard player, recently interviewed in Keyboard magazine, and his name escapes me for the moment. What keys man wouldn't give his right ???? to play the Moraz lines on Gates of Delirium.....quite a treat to see the old song performed, and watching the guy really shine on it.

As to the Region code....fear not, there are many many ways to make sure America gets its fair share

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 12:54 PM
I have right now the dvd in my hands, it's the new version, this one has included the cd, but alas, not the song Gates of Delerium, this version was included on the extra disc
of the Imagination cd

the keyboard player is Tom Brislin, an excellent keyboard player, I have seen him play
with Meatloaf, very good

 

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 12:55 PM
I saw Yes about thre years ago and they played about eight songs in Two and a half hours and the crowd was in full attention. One of the best shows I have ever seen. They opened with the entire version of "Close to the Edge," perhaps my favorite Yes compositions. Midway through they played "Starship Troppers" and Steve Howe brought the house down with his guitar solo. Definately worth the trip and ticket cost.
 

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 01:19 PM
Does anyone have the video or dvd for Yessongs? The intro jam to Yours is no disgrace has got to be one of the finest rock n roll exposition. Squire and Howe carry out such a jam, it sounds like three guitars are up there, and Wakeman just lays back on acoustic piano.....ahhhh, time for Yessongs tonight

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 01:21 PM
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I saw them last year with this line-up and they are as hot as ever


I have not seen them play for the past 2 tours.

I stand corrected then.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 01:27 PM
Glad to hear some kind words regarding Yes.A truely great band.Nick
 

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 03:06 PM
If someone has the YESSONGS dvd, does it include the classic song HEART OF THE SUNRISE ?

 

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 03:10 PM
What a f-----g joke that Yes is, apparently, not
influential or important enough for the RandRHOF.
IMO, they should have been inducted before the
Brothers. Yes have never even been nominated.
They went from Beatles' covers to `CLOSE TO THE
EDGE' in, what, three years? Their version of Stills'
`I See You' from the 1969 debut is even more
advanced than the ABB at that point.
I saw Yes at the Fox in Detroit two summers ago
and have tix for the upcoming Toronto gig. I
enjoyed it immensely though I thought Alan White
was the weak link. He may have had an off night.
And I give them credit for playing arenas on this
tour. The Allmans' arena days are over.

 

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Does anyone have the video or dvd for Yessongs? The intro jam to Yours is no disgrace has got to be one of the finest rock n roll exposition. Squire and Howe carry out such a jam, it sounds like three guitars are up there, and Wakeman just lays back on acoustic piano.....ahhhh, time for Yessongs tonight

Cheers

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Yeah, I've always loved that opening. I find the studio version incredibly flat, but the Yessongs version really rocks, esp. the intro. The intro to Close to the Edge (probably my favorite piece, as well) is very good too . . . Howe is going crazy.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2004 at 03:23 PM
Well. that's it. I'm going to have to pull out some Yes later tonight and give 'em a good listen...haven't really listened to them in years....

 

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