Wow!!!! This is the second Yes concert I've seen, the previous being in London on the Ladder tour, and what a difference! Steve seemed to be 20 years younger inside that old granny look, Alan was consistently powerful, Jon was enchanting, Rick was obviously as happy to be back in the band as the fans were, and Chris was, well, Chris! The setlist was well balanced, the lights and stage design were beautiful, sound problems were cleared up rapidly and the band played amazingly well. The accoustic set was so intimate and well crafted, especially the version of Long Distance Runaround and the Chicago blues version of Roundabout. Ritual was as good as the performance on Yesshows, and the general feeling was that the band had finally picked up where they left off in 1979. I was extra pleased to have seen the show with my fiancee,(we got married since then) who is now officially a Yeshead!
The icing on the cake was meeting Jon in a cafe in old town square the day after the show! VIVA YES!!!
I am not a typical Yes fan, so I went to the concert rather to fill in the "missing link" in my collection of visited concerts. Also the venue, Sazka Arena, is a brand new concert / sports hall in Prague, so it was interesting to see how a rock concert looks like in this setting.
The auditorium and seats were filling just very slowly, maybe also due to longer security checks at the entrance. But finally some max. 3 - 3,5 tsd. ( ? )people arrived, so the band had enough of us to play for.
All members of original line-up seemed to enjoy to play together and there was a nice interaction during the accoustic set between Steve and Rick. Accoustic set after the break seemed to be one of the finest parts of the show, but Owner of a Lonely Heart in my opinion was not very suitable to be performed like this.
The first electric song after the accoustic part, Rhythm of Love, was the highest peak of the show with almost whole auditorium going crazy together with John dancing and singing between people.
Unfortunately, after that the show seemed to calm down much and people appeared not to fancy this really. Dancing and clapping of hands weakened obviously. So it let me think whether the set-list was the optimal one, because there was not the typical graduation to the final "climax" at the very end of show.
Steve Howe was definitely the No. 1 man of the evening.