POP...THE ORGANIZERS Big concerts: playing with millions
by PIM OETS
The big three who bring 'abroad' here VAN REES, ACKET AND VISSER
From September, thousands of pop fans will once again make their way to concert halls and stadiums of advertised dates to see what is likely to be an unprecedented number of foreign acts at work this season and ensure millions of dollars in turnover. Three agencies appear to work with foreign pop attractions:
Lou van Rees, Organization Office Paul Acket and MOJO Produkties. Who are the men behind the scenes?
THE VERY VARIETY OF pop season is actually only a few months old, but already now a large number of groups have passed in review. And for the time being, that will continue at an unchanged pace; tomorrow evening it will be the turn of the English formation Yes . When Yes performed here the last time, now six months ago as support act for the now disbanded Iron Butterfly, they surprised city and country by emerging brilliantly from all the press reviews.
Their music can be described briefly but appropriately as listening music. Long works with often extremely complex divisions of roles for organ and guitar. In that respect it actually resembles the style of that other illustrious English group, Emerson Lake & Palmer.
But to stay with Yes ; the group was formed around 1968. Very few shocking things are known from that very first period. They played like hundreds of groups do. Working hard in the club circuit and trying to create a personal style. Vocalist Jon Anderson, lead guitarist Peter Banks, organist Tony Kaye, bass guitarist Chris Squire and drummer Bill Bruford had already slowly broken away from the mainstream when guitarist Peter Banks said goodbye to the group in April 1970. His place was taken by Steve Howe, whose actions propelled the group to a higher level in a short time.
Steve Howe can certainly be placed in the ranks of better guitarists and he can boast of his own. rather short and snappy style of playing, which suits Yes well. Steve Howe: “My game has changed a lot since I've been with them. Their rhythm section is so very close, so that I have plenty of room to play as a soloist."
Yes steadily continued to experiment in a new direction, which can best be described as instrumental rock. Their third and last album to date, but the first Steve Howe collaborates on clearly shows that. The Yes Album (Atlantic 2400 101) is a fairly complicated album, but so original that it was awarded an Edison here. Commercially, the album was a reasonable success, especially Duiten England, which immediately led to their breakthrough in the Netherlands. • Despite favorable developments at Yes last year, organist Tony Kaye decided to retire a few months ago. However, his replacement by the former Strawbs organist Rick Wakeman can only be seen as a deterioration. Because especially the wonderful sounds that Rick Wakeman elicited from his organ made the last Strawbs album so wonderful. With this line-up, Yes is more than ever an English top group, from which musical innovations will come in the coming period. Tomorrow evening we will know more, when they perform in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Jonathan Swift as support act.
[GOOGLE TRANSLATION - Nieuwsblad van het Noorden - 1971-12-03]
After the fantastic performance of Yes in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 30 Oct. The group will return to the Netherlands for a few days in January. Performances will take place in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, The Hague and yes: Groningen as well.
AMSTERDAM, Nov. — Rarely has the record fame of a pop group in the Netherlands accelerated so much as that of the English pop group Yes. Although the five-member formation was still the support act for the group Iron Butterfly at the beginning of this year, they managed to ensure a completely sold out Concertgebouw last night, herself as the main dish. The three LPs released in the meantime probably contributed to that; the performances that the group added "live" last night in any case justified this immense turnout.
It was an experience to discover how we navigated with unerring precision between the everyday life of pop music. Yes turns out to be one of those few interesting musical groups that have found a fascinating way out of the cliché-fed pop industry on the basis of skilled craftsmanship.
Musically, the Yes music produced a mixture between the rhythmic elemental forms of rock music and rather theatrical pompous themes from the classical school of Wagner and Richard Strauss. Especially newcomer (ex-Strawbs) Rick Wakeman, on organ, piano and moog synthesizer, managed to wrest impressively expanding hurricanes from his instruments.
Instrumentally, the once again excelling guitarist Steve Howe, together with the classically trained Wakeman in a number of magnificently written unison themes, formed the most talented part of the group.
In addition to the talented duo, the frail, hoarse but very controlled voice of solo singer Jon Anderson once again excelled from a vocal point of view. By the way, Yes also appeared to have grown above the average pop sound in the countless close harmony passages.
Immediately after the concert, their label chef in the Netherlands awarded the group an Edison for their 1971 LP "The Yes Album". This can be heard from the enthusiasm with which Yes was folded back twice, this pop group seems to determine the sound of the following pop years.
The English folk singer Jonathan Swift, who performs in the support act, is a surprise. His colourful, warm voice turned out to be an astonishing resemblance to that of the English singer Elton John and in 1971 that still proves to be a heartwarming affair.
Gifted English pop group almost full Concertgebouw Hall with instrumental rock Inspired performance by Yes
The last time Yes performed here, this group was still the support act. However, last night, more than half a year later, they were able to attract a nearly full concert hall.
That is no small matter, considering that Yes plays a fairly difficult instrumental rock. Music that consists of long pieces, in which the sound reaches a bombastic unity. Technically, Yes can certainly be counted among the most gifted English groups of the moment. D_t proved the musicians clearly enough during their performance. In particular, lead guitarist Steve Howe and organist Rick Wakeman, who recently left the Strawbs, demanded the most attention. Steve Howe has a very personal style of playing, which he showed in two solo songs, "Mood for day" and "The Clap", in which he performed difficult handstands.
Inspired material was played from their Edison album „The Yes album” and their new record played from their Edison album „The Yes Album" and their new record "Fragile". "I've seen all good people", "Heart of the sunrise", "The Fish", in which bass guitarist Chris Squire was able to indulge himself and the solo by Rick Wakeman left nothing to be desired musically. Nevertheless, it should be mentioned that during the long interludes got too bogged down in chords, so that the melody got lost a bit. Singer Jon Anderson's high voice and the harmony vocals also stood out quite sterile at times against the massive rhythm section with a maddened Bill Bruford on drums, who in "Perpetual Change" gave away a solo. After the justified encore "Yours is no disgrace", actually the strongest song, they received their well-deserved Edison, after which the enthusiastic audience finally demanded a second encore. Before the break, the English folksinger Jonathan Swift had played some fascinating songs and even he had to come back, as does not happen too often in a support act.