Great mix of old & new Yes...although the old YES is Great beyond compare, their new stuff gets dismissed....they only di 2 songs from MAgnification...NOTHING from the Ladder..(which is a great album). Reall Both of those are great albums w/ material that should be included as "Classic Yes".... Still a great show.... Yes, Gary I too was disappointed...NO Starship!
I purposely stayed away from all Yes sites for a few months once I knew I was going to this show, my fourth Yesshow, because I wanted to be surprised at every turn and not know the setlist. The data deprivation was worth it! I was really caught off guard when I heard the birds start chirping after the intro - I wasn't expecting Close to the Edge to start off TWO tours in a row! As it's my favourite Yessong, it was really an amazing surprise. Of course, Ritual and Gates were other unforgettable highlights.
The "starry sky" lighting was beautiful, especially with the classic Yes logo in the middle of it. I didn't really notice the orchestra too much, but it was at least a nice visual effect.
I, too, was disappointed the didn't play Starship, but overall a great show and chance to see some old friends
was disappointed they didn't play starship
I got the feeling that Yes were getting back to their roots with this show. Fans have been screaming for a long time that the 70s stuff was good and the 80s+ stuff is bad. So I think the band decided to give the hardcore fans what they wanted and played only songs from the 70s, except for a couple of new ones. The result - everyone loved it. No one complained that they left out Owner of a Lonely Heart. Unlike a lot of other fans, I don't mind a lot of the stuff that's come out in the last two decades. I would be surprised if we ever here anything from BG/Union/Talk again live.
The orchestra was so far in the background, you forgot they were there at times. Besides filling out the sound, they were more or less a waste of time. The percussion solo was excellent and got everyone off their seats. However, I often find, including this show, that Alan's drums are not near loud enough. Chris was in fine form, as usual. I could watch that guy play bass all night. The show was long, close to 3 hours. Too bad it's never long enough. I think that if they played till 3 in the morning, everyone would have remained, cheering and clapping, begging for another encore.
One thing I like about this band is that you never know what they're going to do on their next tour. My brother recently complained that Rush, who he is a big fan of, often played the same stuff every tour with little variation. This is definitely not the case with Yes. I am looking forward now to the next tour. Who knows what it will bring?