Thanks , Tip, for the concise, balanced and honest review. assuming same setlist as before with HOTS.
The second Yesshow at CC Lemon Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo was excellent overall. Playing for about two hours to a near sell-out crowd, Yes came through with an inspired set. YouTube postings actually do a disservice to the band because the quality of the sound live is far superior and the light and laser show is quite good. These new Yesmen put on a solid performance last night, in tune, in harmony and with tight renditions of all the numbers selected off Drama, The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, and Fly From Here with "Owner" being the only song none of them seemed to want to play and BTW, why do they play it as few of the 40-, 50- and 60-something crowd actually got into it? Davison's vocals are adequate and although he puts in his own new touches here and there, he does hit 98% of Anderson's original notes without straining it. The rest of the band was tight as well and perhaps the only disappointment of the night was the lack of interaction and rapport with the quiet crowd (answer: no Jon Anderson). Nevertheless, people finally got on their feet for the last two numbers, but there was one slight mishap when Davison fell into the audience while shaking hands during Wurm, only to be pushed immediately back up onto the stage unhurt. The classic three may be looking a bit old (not Downes), but they all played sharply and the $110 ticket (reasonable by Tokyo standards) was worth it. Odd note: no programs or Tees were on sale for this gig, only old DVDs and CDs - a strange oversight - maybe they aren't in it for the money anymore after all. On to Osaka gentlemen!
"The classic three may be looking a bit old (not Downes)"
There you go Geoff ...that's what we said in Glasgow
'There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self' - Siddhartha
Lame, naive, laughable and stupid
Here's another download link
Don't miss this one. So far the best recording to come out with Melbourne ranking second.
Also you can really hear Geoff's keyboards in this recording