It does not seem possible that it was 8 years ago that my wife and I attended this concert in Plymouth. We had seen then may times before in the mid to late 70's and this was a fantastic trip down memory lane - it really stirred the emotions in what was a smaller more intimate venue than the arenas we previously attended.
We saw Steve Howe last night (27/06/06) performing with a Yes tribute band ("Fragile") at the Carnglaze Caverns near Liskeard in Cornwall, and that too was a night to remember.
David Howe (Tavistock, Devon, England) 28/06/2006.
The Plymouth Pavilions' main arena hosted the concert on the night of April 15th that turned out to be a 2 hour 40 minutes sonic delight.
Starting with a magical entrance on the sounds of Days of Future Past, the group played legendary pieces of music. With the exception of the title track from Open Your Eyes, Yes played classic tracks - and if anybody was not already dazzled by the 10-15 minute tracks augmented by improvisative instrumental parts, then the group really blew everybody away with the full live performance of The Revealing Science of God.
The atmosphere was brilliant, the sound faultless, the visual effects very functional. Music was here the star, and with solo performances of the members, one not yet familiar with Yes could get a full picture on the members' instrumental skills. Steve Howe and Chris Squire's guitar magic, Alan White's long drum solo, Igor's witty and energetic keyboard improvisations were a real treat.
Personally, to me it was an unsurpassable experience- coming from Eastern Europe, where progressive rock is still very much alive and Yes is among the most enjoyed bands, to see them live, it was magnificent.
Technically, I appreciated the immense care in reproducing the good old analogue synth patches, even the characteristic mellotron sounds on Igor's digital gear. the attention to details made this concert a perfect experience. As far as the 'human touch' is concerned, the group made the impression of a really lovely gathering of musicians, very natural, very communicative and of great sense of humour. A memorable feast. Definitely.