I went to this show with my wife. This ranks as the second best show for me because they played great, the sound was awsome and the Fox Theatre atmosphere is wonderful as well. It is one of those restored theatres from yesteryear and on this tour they must have played several of them because I have read other reviews that Jon wished he could bring them on tour for every city. He said that of the Fox. Your Move/All Good People just totally rocked the place like I never heard before. The volume and low end base were at the proper intensity. Perfect!
I attended this show with my Mom, brother and late Father. I won't ever forget how excited my Dad was. Even though he had seen Yes about 15 times before this he was as excited as a school boy. He was jumping around doing his best Chris Squire impression in the parking structure on the way into the beautiful Fox Theatre. He inroduced me to Yes about 6 years earlier and I am forever greatful to him for opening up a world of musical and spiritual joy. Anyways, it was a great show. We were sitting in the second row in the orchestra pit right in front of Chris. I will never forget walking into The Fox, and seeing the tent stage set up and hearing (what was to become) the Open Your Eyes ambient music track. I remember Heart of the Sunrise being particularly powerful. Seeing Steve Howe for the first time was amazing. I have always enjoyed both Rabin and Howe but one doesn't fully understand how great Mr. Howe is until you see hime live. The way he plays each different guitar with such precision and beauty is mind blowing. Hearing The Revealing Science of God was great as well. Jon's voice was as amazing as any record, and Alan was Mr. steady on the drums. Igor was good, but a bit low in the mix as I recall. Chris about knocked my head off with his bombastic melodic playing. Being a bass player myself I could not help but be in awe all night at Chris. What a great night. Just a great show and one that will always remind me of the joy Yes music brought to my Father and to us as a family. Thank you Yes. Thank you.
The Yes show on November 3 at the Fox Theater in Detroit was a magical performance. First of all, there is no better venue in this country for Yes than the wonderfully ornate Fox Theater.
I literally had not seen Yes perform live in over 25 years. My first Yes show was at the Eastown Theater in Detroit in November 1971 when they opened for ELP and I was right there at the foot of the stage. Then I saw them again the next year at Cobo Hall, a much less intimate arena.
Since then, I've seen hundreds of live concerts, good, bad, and ugly, and the Yes show last Sunday night ranks up there with some of the better ones.
Listening to Siberian Khatru, America, And You and I, and then Heart of the Sunrise, I was taken back to a place I had long forgotten, if you know what I mean. I thought the band played extremely tight. Jon's vocals sounded fantastic. I had forgotten what a dominant bass player Chris is and what a strong rhythm section he and Alan make. I was surprised Steve's leads still sounded as fresh and creative as they sound.
What beautiful music Yes plays.
At a Yesshow, there is a certain atmosphere and feeling that is created. Walking in the Fox Theatre in Detroit, I could sense that atmosphere among the people. The t-shirt stand blazing the familiar Yes logo made me anticipate the evening even more. We went to our seats and the show started at about 8:12, and they played for 2hrs 37min. Right from the start the band proved that they can still rock. Khatru was a much better opener for this tour, with Howe going nuts at the end! During the show, Jon kept eyeing this attractive woman sitting in front of me and my friends. She was really into the show, and looked an awful lot like his wife. Sure enough, he dedicated Children of Light to his wife Janee, and pointed her out. Watching Jon sings songs like "And You and I" with his wife in the audience was quite unique. It gave more clarity to the song, and was very moving. Jon's voice was so good this night. It sounded much better than on the Talk tour, and even better than Keys to Ascension. The band seems very comfortable playing together, and even tighter than they sound on Keys. They are 9 shows into this tour, which means they've had more practice playing than the SLO shows. I really didn't mind that Wakeman was not there, yet they could have turned up the keyboards in the mix. I found myself fighting to hear them over Chris and Steve. Overall, this was one of the most incredible shows I have seen. They are up there having the time of their lives, smiling, and really enjoying playing together. This is how the band should be. Yes magazine stated during the Talk period, that the classic lineup needs to return, and every musician in the band must give 110% of their abilities. Well, at this show, they finally have again. This is Yesmusic at it's finest, and the show will long be remembered.
Having not viewed any setlist before the show, i was glad to see when i did compare them that the first two songs had been switched. IMHO, they should now move Rhythm down the list to occur before or after Owner, since the sound and feel is similar. or replace it with, say, ALL of Sound Chaser!
*hey panthers* you would be proud of me! i managed to be in the front row, right between jon(sigh) and steve(wow). (the box office clerk was completely smitten with my alien costume and laughed when i said "do ga do reetan sha too raytan gan matta shappa" in a high voice to him. then he handed me the seats. anyway, when Jon stepped up to the mike to sing "Yes Yes!" while Chris & Alan played the Tempus Fugit excerpt, i actually lept to my feet to cheer Jon on, hoping he might break into the first verse! if he'd done that, which he didn't, sadly, i am nearly sure he'd have altered the line "and die like a dead beaten speed freak" to something like "and fly like a bird into heaven."
I am completely and entirely in awe of last night's show. They opened with the classic "Firebird Suite" into "Siberian Khatru" montage, and Steve tore it up! After that they played "Rhythm of Love". Steve didn't seem to have done his homework for that tune, and for that I can't quite blame him. The first few songs after "Khatru" were a little choppy, with White not seeming to give it his all. "And You And I", however, left me completely speechless.
I was literally shaking throughout the entire song. "Heart of the Sunrise" was done pretty well, but left something to be desired. Steve's acoustic medley was immaculate, surprising me by playing "Ram". I must also admit that i was quite pleasantly surprised with Igor's solo and his emulation of Wakeman's parts overall. In "Khatru", when it came time for the harpsicord section, I knew this would be the first test of his abilities, and I must say he did not disappoint me. Following Khoroshev's solo, was a song from KTA2, "Children of Light". This was the best new Yes tune I've heard yet. Next was "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (ho-hum). Squire and White's solos didn't impress me much, although it was nice to see them play bits from "Soundchaser" and "Ritual". Following that was "Soon" right into "The Revealing Science of God". What Yes show would be complete without "Good People" and "Roundabout", which inevitably followed. "Starship Trooper", another predictable number, turned out to be quite a spectacle. Howe livened it up even more than on KTA. Overall, the night truly belonged to Steve. I was impressed by everyone at times (with the exception of the sixth wheel, Sherwood) and I definitely reccomend checking out this show. I travelled all the way from Gainesville, Florida to see this show, and i don't regret it one bit. I plan to attend as many Yesshows as possible throughout the three-year tour.
I just wanted to share with you all my experiences at the Yes show at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan on November 3, 1997. I was looking forward to the show for more than one reason. Not only did I have fourth row seats (well, fourth row from the orchestra pit - but still great seats), I also had backstage passes that I had acquired by knowing someone that worked at a Flint, Michigan radio station. Okay, my lovely fiancÚ and I get to the Fox at about 6:30. I had promised Tim Morse, the author of the Yesstories book, that I would distribute flyers for the book in return for a free copy of the book. I started passing out the flyers and was quickly told by a security guard that I couldn't pass flyers out within 300 feet of the building unless it was for "religious or political purposes." Maybe I should have told him that Yes was my religion, and that Jon Anderson was Jesus Christ. Anyway, when I hinted to him that I would just throw the flyers away because I had to go backstage, he nicely told me that I could put them on a table of adstuff that was just inside the theater.
So, my girl and I enter the theater and wait for the doors to open. A note from one Suzanne Perl that came with my passes stated that I should "meet at the right stage door - facing the stage - the door to the right"...duh. So, we can't get back there because they won't open the doors. I harass enough ushers that finally one with brains tells me to go outside the theater to get backstage. We go to the outside backstage door and there are a few annoying radio people hanging out. We are finally let in by a guy that I gather is from a record company (Cleopatra?). He shmoozes with the radio people and he, Suzanne, and the radio people are generally phony with one another. The record company guy asks me where we're from. We tell them WWBN (Flint's Big Banana!) in Flint. I doubt he believed us, 'cause we just hung back and didn't say much - we definitely were not radio people.
We were told that the band had not shown up yet, and that they did not really care for any of this meeting and schmoozing stuff. Now, I had gotten my passes free from someone I know, but there were also some contest winners that were under the impression they were going to get to meet the band. We were told that we would be given after show passes and then, if they wanted to, members of the band would come out and meet us. Okay, a little disappointed, but at least I would get to see them after the show.
We get into our great seats and are treated to about thirty minutes of ethereal sounds with choral excerpts from the new album mixed it - it was highly annoying. Then...the final strains of Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite" start playing, the sound increasing until it is almost earth shattering - I am thankful I brought cotton to put in my ears. The band enters, then proceed to perform the most stunning version of "Siberian Khatru" I have ever heard. I am so glad they didn't open with "Rhythm of Love" - though that was their second piece. All in all, the concert was astounding. This was my third time seeing Yes, and also the best of the three. The highlight for me was "The Revealing Science of God" - I felt so honored to finally get to hear a part of my favorite Yes album live ("Leaves of Green" was also performed). My only complaint was that they didn't do "Awaken" or "Close to the Edge". I could have also done without "Rhythm of Love," "Owner of a Lonely Heart," and "And You and I" - the last one only because I'd already seen it performed live twice. Anyway, there were quite a few other surprises that I won't reveal since I don't want to spoil the entire show for those of you that haven't experienced it yet.
After the show, we found our way backstage, going through a catacomb-like passage until we arrived in a dull-looking cafeteria. There were about ten people there, and none of the annoying radio people that I had seen earlier. None of the band members were a
Just got back from the Detroit show! What can I say? YES rocked! I swapped my front row center tickets for two front row seats right in front of Steve! It was a true experience!
One note to the set list. They opened with Siberian Khatru and followed with Rhythm Of Love. Besides that, I think it was the same as previously posted. (I was such in awe of Steve, I don't think I was always thinking real straight!)