I am posting this 3 years and 3 months after the concert. This was my first time at Royal Concert Hall (been once more since). But it was very relaxed area around the booking area. Someone showed me one of thenprevious setlists : "Give Love Each Day" "Gates Of Delirium" "Ritual" were all what stood out for me, so I was excited. OK my big disappointments first: Only the Orchestral part of "Give Love Each Day" a set back which affected me a bit, but more so was when they didn't play "Gates Of Delirium" I had not heard it live since the "Relayer" tour. I was gutted.Those two things took some of the shine off the evening. But apart from that a very smooth evening...not only fascinated watching the band but Orchestra too..as I observed closely when each section of the orchestra played. "Ritual" was the highlight of the night and was absolutely superb. Which cheered me up no end and helped a little to deal with the other disappointments. Sound quality and preformance, superb throughout.
I ordered tickets at the last minutes having been to see the show in London. When we arrived, our booking had been messed up and we had been given rubbish seats in the stalls. I complained and the manager said "We've had some returns. Do you want them instead? They're in the front row" Did I? We were given seats reserved for family members of the band, but they went backstage, so we sat in front of Steve Howe. There were two guys next to us with a banner saying 'Sound Chaser' and after every song, up it came, but alas, no Sound Chaser. During Chris' solo I went mental, rocking in the stalls. I gave Chris this huge thumbs up, which he duly acknowledged with his own, a nod and a grin. Then he proceeded to keep smiling at my girlfriend! She fell for him! Great atmosphere. No GoD and not the best show ever, but for being on the front row, 10 out of 10.
Having bought tickets early for the Nottingham show and got fairly good seats centrally located in the stalls I was looking forward to hearing the band with a full orchestra - the orchestra were great when you could hear them over the bass reverberating all around the hall. Not one of the most polished Yes performances I have seen and to hear Jon telling the audience that only half a dozen people would know what he was talking about when they failed to play Gates was an insult to most real Yes fans in the audience. Perhaps they have been on the road too long - it appears that way. The new material was not performed well and Magnification was just dire. Give love each day was made for an orchestra and I was really looking forward to hearing the full version not 2-3 minutes. Ritual saved the day for me but I hate to say that I think the band should now retire gracefully. Long live YES.