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YES, Hammersmith Apollo, London
Yes are back
in the UK and on this tour they are promoting their first new album in
ten years, 'Fly From Here'. This tour also marks the return of Geoff Downes on keyboards (Oliver Wakeman manned the keys on their last UK
turnout proving not all Yes fans are in a huff that Jon Anderson is no
longer in the band and after hearing Benoit David (do check out the
Mystery albums he sings on) the band have found a vocalist who has hints
of Jon Anderson plus his own, very melodic style of singing.
with the vocal harmony overload on 'Yours Is No Disgrace' - a perfect
start as you had an old classic to keep the diehard fans happy before
getting onto the newer material later into the set.
Fugit' from the 'Drama' album and 'I've Seen All Good People' both went
down well before the first new song of the night, 'Life On A Film Set'.
What a fantastic song! Lots of the Classic Yes is there in the keys and
Steve Howe's guitar and the melody keeps it sounding modern.
Steve Howe live is always a treat and you can only stand (or sit as was
the case last night) in awe of his skills.
happily switch between guitars mid-song without missing a beat, simply
wonderful to behold. 'Heat Of The Sunrise' closed the first half of the
set and then the ice cream sellers were unleashed, they have become a
regular site at gigs nowadays!
The title track of their new album, 'Fly From Here' took up a decent
chunk of their second set. This is what Yes are renowned for the big,
sprawling epics that allow all of the band a chance to shine.
is an integral part of the band's sound not only with his bass playing
(often played like a lead guitar) but his vocals which were used
throughout to create the Yes harmonies. Nice touch when he thanked his
89 year mum who was in the audience.
whenever I have seen him play live with Asia or tonight with Yes, always
seems to be enjoying himself on stage.
One of my
favourite keyboard players, who has a more modern sound to his keyboard
playing than perhaps Rick Wakeman.
may not have the loudest drum sound beloved of some the more modern prog
rockers but he has tempered beat, nothing too flashy and just right for
the overall Yes sound.
Benoit David well he seemed to be like a child in sweetshop, he never
stopped smiling and along with Geoff Downes certainly seems to have
breathed new life in to the band.
To hear 'Wondrous Stories' performed live was an undoubted highlight and
we also got 'Starship Trooper', where again the band added in their
little musical tweaks to the original song.
was 'Roundabout', one of their most recognizable songs and a perfect end
to a great night of music. Yes have rediscovered themselves and long may
this line-up continue.
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