19 years, 1 month and 13 days ago
Thursday, April 15, 2004
Seattle Center - Key Arena
I had the pleasure of seeing Yes for the first time since the 90125 tour on the opening night of the current US tour, this time with my teen-aged daughter. The Dean-designed stage inflatables have to be seen to get the picture so check the yesworld site for the pics. When lighted from within, it was like a flashback to the 70s! The setlist covered important songs from most of my favorite albums. See the posted setlists for details if you wish...
The individual performances were very good with Jon's vocals sounding like he has not aged at all! What a powerful voice! He was on pitch and hit every high note perfectly! Alan's performance was stellar and rock steady. His solo was just remarkable. Chris teamed with Alan to drive the rhythm section and I think he also used bass pedals to really shake the bottom end. His vocals were tight and on key. Great job, Chris. Rick was his amazing self with lightning fast arpeggios and Mini-Moog solos setting our hair on end interspersed with tasteful piano work, as always. What a star. I saved Steve for last. He played so accurately and just melted everbody's face with his solos and tasteful chops. He appeared to be playing a Variax instead of his old Coral Sitar on occasion and it performed well. He rocked out on Mr. Gibson and did some amazing stuff on a Cherry Les Paul and what appeared to be an old Les Paul Junior. Well done guys!
As a group, they were tight and it was evident that they rehearsed more than a little to get the breaks and stops so tight. A highlight for me was the "duel" Steve and Rick staged. Very improvisional and amazing as only those two could deliver it.
The crowd went nuts on "Rhythm of Love" as Jon went out into the crowd. Almost nobody noticed when they went "off into the weeds" a little bit in the middle of the tune! Jon even commented after the song, but it was a really minor thing. You get used to their incredible musicianship and expect perfection, I guess. I'm so glad they're human, but like the troopers they are, they held it together and recovered with grace. It was also nice to see Steve cover Trevor Rabin in such a competent manner.
The acoustic set was well done and well received and other than the soundguy (who I'm sure is kicking himself today) letting some feedback through, the set was killer.
I'd rate the night as a huge hit with my daughter and me as well as the rest of the audience. We drove 4 hours to see this show and did not regret even a moment of it. Thanks for another memorable night with Yes. I'll never forget it!
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Great show!! Over 3 hours of Yes music covering 35 years. My seats were in row 7, but had the good fortune to see a friend that let me sit up in front row for a while. Yes doesn't draw 17,000 folks anymore, but a decent crowd. First live performance of Mind Drive was something special..played in two movements sandwiched around South Side of the sky. Was worth the price to see Ritual performed in all it's glory with Alan's robo-kicks. Definitely a show I'll remember.
I was there. I sat in row 4 seat 20. I was right up front. The show was spectacular. The original members they all are so right on still got it after all these years
Hey Eduardo Paulo,
Now that is FANatical, YES !
Hey I'll see you there.
Wave a Brazilian flag and I'll know it's you.
I'll post a real review after the show.
Hey Folks !!!!
We´re coming all the way from Brazil to behold
the best band of the world !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Looking forward to seeing all good people from USA.
All the best,
Long Life Yes Music.