This show was a nice example of Yes' ability to entertain non-Yesheads and sort of suck them in. Flawless renditions of "Heart of the Sunrise" and "Siberian Khatru" would have impressed Lester Bangs!! One weird thing happened to me though. I have a colostomy and during the summer heat it can sometimes be difficult to deal with. Needless to say my colostomy began to fall off during the encores. I felt very uncomfortable to say the least. Great show, though.
I just returned from another Yes concert, this time up in Beantown. My ears are still ringing, as this show was louder than the previous ones I attended this tour. Where Montage Mountain in Scranton is a ski resort with a stage, Harbor Lights, is basically a big tent with a stage. It's kind of neat, because it is right on the harbor, and the band gets a nice view of the Boston skyline. Nothing new and no surprises at all, as this was the same exact set that they played the other night in Scranton. The band didn't seem to have the fire in their eyes through the first couple songs, but lightning struck (literally, as thunderstorms were in the area all day) during "Yours Is No Disgrace." Steve's solo in this song was absolutely incredible, and this was the best they've played this song yet. "Open Your Eyes" was dedicated to Billy's wife who was in attendance. "And You And I" was a crowd favorite as usual. There was a brief false start for "Heart Of The Sunrise," courtesy of Chris. His usual antics were prominent throughout the song. The vocal harmonies keep getting better during "Close To The Edge." Jon seems to be at his best when there is no concert the day before. Igor seemed especially strong today. He has gotten quite good at playing keyboards and percussion instruments at the same time. Both Jon and Igor really do add to Alan's solid drum work with their little percussion gadgets. Jon got a roar from the crowd by changing the lyrics in "America" to "riding the Greyhoud to Boston." He had the crowd do the "Boston Boogie" during "All Good People" as opposed to Camden where we did the "Philadelphia Funk." In closing, all I can say is another fine performance.
The new tour programs were available in Boston last night. As reported here previously, they are the same as last year's except for the front cover, inner cover and "credits" page. The price was $15.00 US.
No sign of the Yes pins or coffee mugs that appeared briefly last year.
The DTS was what made the show that much more spectuactular for me. I got lucky and ended up just behind the soung board, right in the middle of all four speaker systems. It was absolutely incredible. Essentially DTS was used primarily for Steve's guitars, secondly for Igor's keyboards, and thirdly for vocals (Jon, Chris, Billy and Steve).
It was evident during SK with Steve's slide guitar being stereo-ized. Then during YinD with the "waa waa" part with sound 'rotating' between all four speakers. It seemed they made extensive use of DTS for the classics, but for OYE they didnt use it at all, thus detracting from the song's appeal. There were a few other lulls in the DTS, but overall, an excellent addition.
Without drugs or alcohol, this was truly a spiritual experience especially being surrounded with sound during YinD, HotS, AYaI, and CTTE. If you cant be "sound lucky" for seating, try to get yourself into the middle of the floor during one of the classics and you won't be dissappointed.
I can understand how being on one of the outter edges near a speaker stack would startle you and throw the sound timing all off (the stack closest to you reaches your ears well before the other speakers do). Some friend in the 6th row (seated right behind the band's family members) never even heard the DTS speakers in the back of the arena. 6 of 1, half dozen of the other.
Also, APP never made use of the DTS system during their performance.
This was the best show I have ever seen, period. I'll be back again as long as they keep comin' around. Let's make it 40 years!
I need to get at least a few hours sleep, so I couldn't really take the time necessary to write down all that was good about tonight's YESSHOW in Boston.... If I had to sum it up in one phrase......I would say that tonight, watching Yes perform....even Roundabout was brilliant.
Some high points:
Alan White's drum solo - I had pretty much accepted that it wasn't going to happen, since he didn't go into it during Whitefish as usual. But he did, at the beginning of the encore. That was such great timing.....I was sitting there thinking "Okay, let's applaud until they come out and do OoaLH and Roundabout..." and was pleasantly surprised when only Alan came out, sat down, and without a moment's hesitation began banging the everloving shit of the drums. And he still had juice in him for the two expected encores.
The setlist order - Obviously, the set list was NO surprise, but I payed extra attention to the order in which the songs were presented. It was a further indication that these guys are professionals and they KNOW what they are doing. OYE was perfect after the longwinded but driven YinD. Then, AYAI, a graceful and heavenly classic after OYE. And LDR, a nice, fun catchy tune after the epic CttE. And......you get the idea. IT made the evening more seamless; gave it more continuity.
Chris Squire - I think every member of the band has their own individual way of strutting their stuff. Chris' way is the most fun.
Jon - Very talkative, interacted with the audience..... He wasn't like this on the Talk tour.
The Great Big Disco Ball - 'nuff said.
Every song had its good and bad points..... I'll just say that they were indeed in rare form overall.....tight and musical. I think all of them are fantastic. I think Igor is amazing....he certainly proved himself tonight.
One more thing: The reason I don't complain about the setlist is because I see this tour (as some of you do) as merely a continuation of the last tour....and within the past year I have seen Yes perform all the usual classics PLUS CttE, RSoG, Wondrous Stories, America, Steve Howe's "Ram" (brilliant), Children of Light (I wish they played it this time around), and Leaves of Green.
Not bad for two concerts 8 months apart. My only regret is that I didn't get to see Mind Drive.
There is nothing that could convince me to not buy future concert tickets for these guys. Tonight I was transfixed by some of the greatest music ever written.
Just got back in the hotel from the show. I traveled from Florida for the show (as I did in October) and loved it again. Will make the trip to Conn. for tomorrows show.
The setlist was different from the last Boston show (as much as I can remember) by the order of some of the music and the replacement of The Revealing Science of God with Close to the Edge. Also different was Igor's hair was longer while Chris's was shorter. And Steve's was lesser! They sounded great and Alan Parsons was a great opening act. They actually came out early at 7:15 and played to 8:00. Yes came out at 8:30 and played to 11:00. And Jon played a lot more percussion too. The surround sound was evident at times but did not contol the show. Can't wait till tomorrow night!