At Ljubljana show there was at least 5 cameras at the soundboard area and as I knew one of the cameramen I asked him if he would record the whole show. I was told that he was aloud to record only 10 min of the show and he contractually wasnt allowed to do the very beginning and the end of it... I dont know about other cameras and I am still trying to get those 10 minutes and a short interwiev (I think with Jon and Chris).
I'm living in the "Yes World" for almost ten years and that was my second concert of Yes (my first was in Trieste OYE Tour, two years ago which was much, much better than this one in Slovenia), and I have to say that I was little bit dissapointed. That sounds really glamourose but I'll explain myself. Concert in Ljubljana last night was a particle of massive tour which guys in their age cannot follow. They're old and that's the reason that they have to do one-a-week concert in a differnet part of the world. So let me to be straight - concert was TOO SHORT! Two hours is nothing for that kind of giant band. And songs Time and a word and Nous Sommes Du Soleil was vanish somewhere in a middle of concert. I'm from Zagreb and I don't know what's the reason why they missed my town which is much bigger than Ljubljana. There were, I don't know, 800-1000 people in the Hall, so... I'm BIG Yes fun and they are so important in my life, I really love them, and I hope they will come in my city just for me someday... LONG LIVE YES MUSIC!!!!!!!! I just have to say that the last album is FANTASTIC!
It was magnificent, wonderful and extraordinary excellent!!!
There was approx. 1200-1500 people at Ljubljana concert (mostly male musicans, almost nobody under 20). The show in Hala Tivoli was a half hour late but went extremely well. I was standing in the third row in front of Chris and had great view on the whole stage.
Steve did have a brief smile on his face during Clap and he stayed on the stage for whole Owner, and played riffs and long solo at the end. Chris was awesome and his smiling and posing and playing and singing...WOW!!!
Jon was trying to chat with us, but he had troubles to pronounce our language (Slovenian language is surely harder for him than japanese).His singing was absolutely perfect, also the harp-playing during Awaken. No forgotten words, no missinterpretated note!
Alan was making funny faces with Igor (he was also watching my friends wife enjoying every single moment, as he told us after the show). He is still a perfect rock drummer for that band.
Igor was performing some sort of russian ballet dance behind his keyboards and his playing was really good, except that he was making the intro and the middle part of Awaken a little on his own (I was hoping for note-perfect studio version). But he has all the chops and he is now very reliable and integrated in the band.
And Billy? What was he doing there? ;-) My new girlfriend (she is a hairdresser BTW and a newborn Yesfan) asked me: Does this guy think that he is playing in DuranDuran? (according to his hairstyle). Cmon guys! He is doing a great job singing back vocals which are to high for Chris these days. And he learned solo in the OOALH better than two years ago when I saw them in Trieste. But at the end of his Hearts solo (Yes!!! We did get Hearts as well!!!) he did some unpropriate and uncertain bending of notes but I think nobody really cares for that. (Except maybe Eddie J. from the Southside list ;-))
The new songs were also well recieved, and I think older ones did not have any bigger applause, also I dont know about standing ovations, because we were standing all the time (there were no seats in front of stage). During all of Awaken I had those orgasmic feelings from my brain to the end of my spine an this is never to be forget!!! My absolute favorite song played live in front of my ears and eyes... This is something beyond explanation...
After the 130 min of show we (some 20 fans from Slovenia, Croatia and Italy) decided to wait for the autographs and it was worth of it. Firstly came out Jon, all winter-dressed around his throat. He was signing just a big "J." and rushed to the transporter van, then Igor who was more friendly and willing to chat a little, and then Steve. I said: "Maestro, please" handing my Ladder poster to him and he smiled (2nd time that evening) and signed it. Then they were carried away. We were waiting for the rest of the band for some a time but they were eating (so we wre told, but it was probably some liquid food ;-))
After a looong wait Alan came out and started signing. He is a real gentleman.But I was waiting for Chris. My girlfriend (she is 22, so we must forgive her) was excited to meet Billy and i told her to ask him where they will have a party. When he appeared we were told that there will be no party, because he will go for skiing next day. (???)
Finally Mr.Christopher Squire came out in all his glory and a really good mood. We got his signs and then I asked him : "Mr. Squire, can I shook your big hand" and with his big smile we shook our hands. (Man, his are really big!!!) Then he almost kidnapped my girlfriend and posed with her for some photos (but unfortunately we had no more film in the camera).
All in all it was very uplifting experience, almost unrealistic! And who could complain if the best group is playing only 300 m from his house !!! :-)))))