19 years, 11 months and 1 day ago
Tuesday, July 8, 2003
Museumsplatz der Kunst
This show was videoed by several official cameramen and was also recorded by the sound engineer on to disc - I was standing beside him.
There were two giant screens on each side of the stage and the whole thing was filmed. any idea who has it ?
It was a great Concert. The Band on stage seemed to enjoy the gig very much and had a lot of laughs during the concert. Especially when the audience was running out of rhythm trying to clap during the beginning of I've seen all good people so Rick had to conduct the audience then. Steve put in some interesting parts in his solo like the riff of "Heat of the moment". Chris was very active on stage, as he is on most of the concerts i saw yet (4 in 12 years). I very much enjoyed his Bass solo again. And of course the "Return of Rick Wakeman" the unbelievable keyboard wizard. Thanks to the band.
Last time I saw them during the Ladder-Tour, and though that was ok (thanx, Igor:), they surely made some progress since then. I am really thankful that YES decided to refresh the setlist, that they dropped the much-too-often-heard stuff like Perpetual Change, YIND and Starship Trooper, and replaced them with SSOTS, TBO and some new songs.
I missed the first 10 minutes and arrived at this wonderful venue in Bonn when they were half through Siberian Khatru. What followed was a very impressive and marvellous experience to me: from Magnification to Mr. Howe's soloing before the short intermission, I had the pleasure to listen to one of the finest live performances I can remember of *any* band I'ver ever seen. Great, top-class, big smile.
Unfortunately, after the intermission, the band didn't really come together again. They had some strange timing problems while playing HOTS and 'Awaken' (I wondered if anybody who didn't know that song could have grasped its melody and flowing rhythm). But the crowd was still in a frenzy and in a very grateful mood, and yes, it was really nice to watch Mr. Wakeman singing along almost every verse of every song. That's the other thing, apart from the unbelievable first hour, what makes this gig worth remembering - the fun the people had, both on stage and in front of it. So enthusiastic, the cheering, the dancing, and speaking of dancing, does anybody know who that lady was Mr. Anderson waltzed with during ISAGP?
I should not forget to mention that nobody missed the biggest hit YES ever had. Isn't it strange that this revitalising but now defunct incarnation of YES is completely disregarded by most fans (and the band of today) despite of its success and qualities? But that's the way it goes.
Cheers, and if YES comes to your town, go get a ticket :)
It was such a fantastic concert. The best of the 9 Yes-Gigs, I have attended. Each of them had a lot of fun on stage in spite of some technical problems in the first 20 minutes. The highlights were South Side of the Sky, Don't Kill the Whale, Awaken and especially And You And I, which brought tears to my eyes. And of course Rick's solo-part was breathtaking. Chris bass-playing combined with Alan's powerful drumming is fantastic and gets even better with the years. It is so wonderful, that since nearly 30 years these guys have enriched my life with their music, that is so emotional. Thank you so much Jon, Steve, Chris, Rick and Alan. You are the greatest for me. I hope so much, that you will come back to an european tour next year, perhaps with a new album (?) and live performance of GOD, CTTE and TOTC (?). Once more many many thanks to YES.
High vibration go on, to the sun, oh let my heart dreaming.