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chrisklenox
12-14-2008, 05:41 PM
For anyone who doubts or denies that this is Yes...

You're off your F*****G Rocker!

Tonight Yes performed beneath a huge full moon in a theater overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and it would seem that the setting may have had something to do with the way the show went.

This was my third Yes concert (first being Dallas, tx. 7-2-2000 on the Masterworks tour, second being at Madison Square Garden 5-13-2004 on the 35th anniversary tour) and I must say that without a doubt it was the most
enjoyable of all. The band sounded unbelievable the whole night and they gave one of the most inspired performances this side of the Tormato tour. Benoit David, who seemed to have a cold, was beyond my high expectations and was especially stunning when singing in harmony with Chris Squire. Steve Howe played perfectly and played beautiful solos all night often stretching the ear with his signature unorthodox note choices and polyrhythmic phrasing. Oliver Wakeman remained focused with deadly calm while executing his parts and finding the right tones to blend with the rest of the group. Chris Squire was very on top of his game with perfect tone, solid vocal harmonies, and showmanship to boot. Alan White was perfect as
usual and put a lot of energy into the performance while laying back when the situation called for it always keeping the groove steady.

The lighting and stage design was one of the most effective I have seen in a long time. Very carefully chosen colors and patterns played in rhythm with the music bouncing off of the birdlike pieces hanging overhead creating a constantly shifting landscape of psychadelic fury.

The sound was pristine and I could hear every instrument clearly and make out every word sung. The volume was not excessive but not too quiet and the frequencies were balanced perfectly. I cannot remember the last time I said that about a concert but it has likely been a few years.

InverYes
12-14-2008, 05:49 PM
Great review!!

Sounds like they were on top form.

MikeYESfan
12-14-2008, 06:10 PM
For anyone who doubts or denies that this is Yes...

You're off your F*****G Rocker!

Tonight Yes performed beneath a huge full moon in a theater overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and it would seem that the setting may have had something to do with the way the show went.

This was my third Yes concert (first being Dallas, tx. 7-2-2000 on the Masterworks tour, second being at Madison Square Garden 5-13-2004 on the 35th anniversary tour) and I must say that without a doubt it was the most
enjoyable of all. The band sounded unbelievable the whole night and they gave one of the most inspired performances this side of the Tormato tour. Benoit David, who seemed to have a cold, was beyond my high expectations and was especially stunning when singing in harmony with Chris Squire. Steve Howe played perfectly and played beautiful solos all night often stretching the ear with his signature unorthodox note choices and polyrhythmic phrasing. Oliver Wakeman remained focused with deadly calm while executing his parts and finding the right tones to blend with the rest of the group. Chris Squire was very on top of his game with perfect tone, solid vocal harmonies, and showmanship to boot. Alan White was perfect as
usual and put a lot of energy into the performance while laying back when the situation called for it always keeping the groove steady.

The lighting and stage design was one of the most effective I have seen in a long time. Very carefully chosen colors and patterns played in rhythm with the music bouncing off of the birdlike pieces hanging overhead creating a constantly shifting landscape of psychadelic fury.

The sound was pristine and I could hear every instrument clearly and make out every word sung. The volume was not excessive but not too quiet and the frequencies were balanced perfectly. I cannot remember the last time I said that about a concert but it has likely been a few years.

YES...Yes ...YES in top form too!

Haha..birdlike pieces..
The crew call them ghosts...
Caspers front and center.

Whitefish
12-15-2008, 01:22 AM
SPOILERS HERE!





Indeed, it was a great show overall. Steve's guitar could not be heard after he finished the steel solo in Siberian Khatru, yet, he came back in perfectly with the main rift after the electric solo spot that follows the steel solo. Steve was a little rattled, but handled it professionally as always. I also noticed that during Onward, he was signalling towards Alan, though I am not sure it was Alan he was gesturing to but perhaps a roadie on stage left, as if to say "pick it up" as in "a little faster", all Alan did the whole song was a simple quarter note ride pattern so that may have been it but I am not sure. In any case, the song and whole show was great. Chris in particular seemed real into it. They all were! At one point during his solo in one song, Starship Trooper I think, Steve was kicking his heels up when he was really getting into it. He was playing better than ever as they all were.

Benoit David and Oliver Wakeman belong in this band without a doubt. Both are incredlble musicians and pick up right where Jon and Rick left off. We all hope that Jon comes back and Rick too, but if they choose not to, then these are definitely the guys to replace them. The chemistry is perfect.

It also seems that this is more of everybody's band, so to speak. Steve and Chris talked to the crowd. I have never seen Chris speak to the audience at a Yes concert and Steve very rarely and only during his solo time. They all seem so relaxed and at ease with each other on stage. You can also tell that they all have some input into the setlist. They played some great rarities such as Astral Traveller which to me was one of the many highlights of the show. Very cool of them to break that one out. Steve was really into it.
A wonderful night and a wonderful band.


I did notice that this was listed on their schedule as "casino set".


SETLIST:


Firebird Suite
Siberian Khatru
Your Move/I've Seen All Good People
Tempus Fugit
Onward
Astral Traveller
Close To The Edge
And You And I
Machine Messiah
Starship Trooper

ENCORE
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
Roundabout

soleil7
12-15-2008, 01:29 AM
Excellent show...even with the cut songs !!

bobby45
12-15-2008, 02:40 PM
SPOILERS HERE!





Indeed, it was a great show overall. Steve's guitar could not be heard after he finished the steel solo in Siberian Khatru, yet, he came back in perfectly with the main rift after the electric solo spot that follows the steel solo. Steve was a little rattled, but handled it professionally as always. I also noticed that during Onward, he was signalling towards Alan, though I am not sure it was Alan he was gesturing to but perhaps a roadie on stage left, as if to say "pick it up" as in "a little faster", all Alan did the whole song was a simple quarter note ride pattern so that may have been it but I am not sure.
I


SETLIST:


Firebird Suite
Siberian Khatru
Your Move/I've Seen All Good People
Tempus Fugit
Onward
Astral Traveller
Close To The Edge
And You And I
Machine Messiah
Starship Trooper

ENCORE
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
Roundabout

It looked like a cord came unplugged...Steve's tech plugged it back it in for him. I saw Steve's gestures too, and I thought he was indicating to Alan that his cymbals were too loud..after all, Onward is a vocal piece first and foremost.

Great show, anyway.

yes75
12-15-2008, 03:06 PM
thanks for the review! At the very end, In the Present Tour still kicking asses :D

Chudhole
12-16-2008, 04:20 PM
Hmmm..that setlist seems a tad short. I guess I am grateful that I went earlier in the tour!

Having noted that...

It's amazing, the one thing you will see consistently in every city review is how good Steve Howe is. It must be the vegetarian diet. It's odd, but he seems like his playing is better than its ever been. And i saw him do some amazing stuff back in the day with GTR.

wolfehollow
12-17-2008, 10:54 PM
It was strange... Khatru started out SSSSLLLOOOWWW on the guitar but other spots through the night would be rippin! I cant figure out whether it is Steve slowing things down or Alan...

Whitefish
12-21-2008, 03:14 AM
It was strange... Khatru started out SSSSLLLOOOWWW on the guitar but other spots through the night would be rippin! I cant figure out whether it is Steve slowing things down or Alan...

I am not sure. I agree though: Some songs seemed a bit on the slow side.
Astral Traveller was one of them, but it was still great! :appl[1]: