Friday, July 2, 2004
Piazza del Duomo
18 years, 8 months and 18 days ago
Grande concerto, ho rivisto con piacere la Pfm, ma sono venuto principalmente per i mitici YES che seguo fin dall'età della ragione,
mi piacerebbe sapere se esiste un video del concerto.
In an absolutely inadequate venue, YES and PFM fighted on backstage with managers wrestling nearly in WWE fashion...
It all resulted in a fine PFM set with not "exactly kind words" towards Yes from PFM's drummer and lead vocalist Franz Di Cioccio, who apparently did not appreciated Roger Dean's inflated sculptures, apologizing to the crowd if "PFM was forced to play with condoms over their heads"... Go figure...
Yes played very late and did not look very inspired. Shortened set, and played with professionalism, and nothing else.
To say I am disappointed is sayinf the least.
And I do not want to say more.
PFM blow everyone away. Would have enjoy the full Yes set and wish they would drop the old tired song in favor of keeping new fresh song as Turn of the Century and acoustic. Second half of show felt too oftened repeated in recent time. Yes need to play some new music for repeat fans who attending often concerts. Was so much wanting Turn of the Century.
"Going for the one" is definitively not my favourite Yes song, then I do not appreciate it very much as a show opener. In addition, imho the vocal armonies are too much complicated to have a nice live rendition. Keyboards and Jon's voice were mixed too low for this one. "Sweet dream" was perfectly performed, but with Jon's voice still too low. I don't think that many people in the crowd were familiar with "Mind Drive" according to their reaction to the song; anyway, the group played a nice shortened version and at the end Jon said "thank you for listening". Then he introduced "Yours is no disgrace". As I said before, "Turn of the century" was dropped", but "South Side of the sky" was just fantastic, one of the highlights of the evening. After "Disgrace" Jon introduced "Owner of a lonely heart", which was played electric, followed by "Rhythm of love" and so we understood that the acoustic set had been dropped... Someone from the public said something, and Jon answered "it's very late"... "And you and I" , "Starship" and Roundabout" were great as usual, but my deception for not hearing "Ritual" and all the acoustic stuff was too big.
Si comincia quando le 23 sono passate da un pezzo. In precedenza si sono accumulati italianissimi ritardi su ritardi. Ma non si poteva cominciare un po' prima con il primo gruppo? Impianto luci della PFM e metà degli effetti luce che va a farsi benedire. Jon Anderson sale piuttosto incavolato discorrendo con Chris Squire (ha in mano la lista della scaletta con i tagli?. Dopo tre ore in piedi la stanchezza passa con esecuzioni perfette di "Going for the One" e "All Good People". Eccezionale poi "South Side of the Sky" con uno Steve Howe tanto soddisfatto da rivolgersi alla fine verso Rick Wakeman col pollice alzato. Il timore di assistere ad uno show accorciato si concretizza quando viene saltata "Turn of the century" rispetto alle scalette precedenti e, soprattutto, quando Jon tira dritto presentando via via "Owner of a lonely Heart", "Starship Trooper" fino alla conclusiva "Roundabout". Alle 0,50 tutto è finito, dopo meno di due ore. Che dire? Impegno straordinario dei 5 musicisti, suono perfetto, pieno di pathos, Steve Howe stratosferico, amalgama straordinario; livello decisamente superiore anche rispetto anche ad un solo anno fa. Un po' di amaro in bocca per il tempo limitato e per il set acustico completamente cancellato. Con tutto il rispetto per la PFM, io avevo pagato 40 € per vedere gli Yes...
Going for the one
I've seen all good people
Sout side of the sky
Mind drive (conclusion)
Yours is no disgrace
Owner of a lonely heart
Rhythm of love
And you and I
Very shortened show ! No acoustic set. All songs electric. Turn of the century, Ritual and the entire acoustic set dropped !