To the responsible of this site,Please note that Starship trooper was played!Thanks
will write more tomorrow but here is the complete set list and my initial thoughts.
The live show started at 20:06 and the encore ended at approximately 22:05-15. It was a packed house of 2500 fans from the hard core (like myself at 25+ shows since 1971) to YES show virgins. Many parents had brought their children - a wondrous gift!!!
The show was, in a word, magnificent. At the age of 62, Howe's continued ability to play flawlessly some of the most demanding guitar work ever written, and at virtuoso levels, for 2 hours is nothing short of amazing.
Squire proved once again why any conversation about the greatest electric bass quitarists starts and ends with him. Alan White was Alan White (who is extremely talented but still not Bill Bruford or Terry Bozzio) - that is to say he acquitted himself fabulously and worked the skins in tandem with Squire's driving melodic bass work, but IMHO Alan remains the driveshaft- not the engine - that propels YES in its current state. That V-12 500 bhp monster is Chris Squire.
Bothe CS and SH received standing ovations at the end of a few different songs from a wildly enthusiastic Parisian crowd.
Oliver Wakeman was proficient if not great (yet) but a bit too wooden - and it is no insult to say that he merely kept up with Howe. My biggest surprise (Howe & Squire's talents are never a surprise to me) was Benoit David, he repeated the problem he had in Belgium last night during Siberian Khatru and ISAGP: a couple of cracked or missed notes at the upper registers,
No surprise there either - I am a singer and those notes are EVIL. However, by the time he got to AYAI & Yours Is No disgrace, Benoit really found his comfort zone and really started to sing. Very well. As a matter of fact, he was stunningly good in Heart of the Sunrise, which presents some of the most difficult vocalizations in any YES song. He nailed the last refrain so well I thought perhaps Jon Anderson was backstage with a mic.
All in all, it is always a treat to hear the spectacular music of YES played live by two of the world's greatest string men and in a small hall with great sound. Let's all join in wishing Steve, Alan and Chris a long, happy life on stage... so we can hear it again and again.
Intro: Recording of the Firebird Suite Siberian Khatru I've Seen All Good People Tempus Fugit Onward Astral Traveller And You And I Yours Is No Disgrace Steve Howe acoustic solo: - The Little Galliard (John Dowland) - Smile (Charlie Chaplin) - Diary of A Man Who Vanished (Steve Howe) Owner Of A Lonely Heart Machine Messiah South Side Of The Sky Heart Of The Sunrise Roundabout Encore: Starship Trooper
En français cette fois: Quel grand plaisir de revoir Yes 5 ans après leur dernier passage parisien au Zénith(show grandiose),j'étais très excité et impatient de voir ce concert même si j'avais quelques craintes,qui ont heureusement disparues 2minutes après l'ouverture du spectacle: -Alan White,aussi bon qu'avant,m'a surpit,de par sa puissance et sa grande finesse,Du très grand jeu ce soir je dois l'avouer -A part quelques fausses notes,et quelques petites paroles oubliées,Benoit David à fait un très bon travail,particulièrement sur And you and I,heart of the sunrise et Starship trooper -La set-list était parfaite,si ce n'est l'absence de la pièce-maîtresse de yes:Close to the edge,que je n'ai jamais eu la chance d'entendre en vrai -Le son de l'Olympia était super,très rond,intime et surtout très rock!
Steve Howe m'a vraiment bluffé encore une fois,il joue de mieux en mieux après toutes ces années,et je dois dire qu'il m'a vraiment surprit et charmé sur Owner of a lonely heart,100 fois meilleur que les versions précédentes des tournées symphoniques ou avec Sherwood et le claviériste russe.
Et enfin,le meilleur pour la fin,le grand Chris,le seul,l'unique,le majestueux Monsieur Squire,son son reste incroyable,puissant,vibrant,celui qui battit l'édifice musical du son Yes,sa voix est toujours intacte,d'une force et d'une beauté inouie Encore un grand show...
What a pleasure to see this band again,5 years after their last Parisian concert at le Zénith(marvellous show).I was very excited and impatient to see this concert even so i had fear,but after 2minutes,at the begining of the show,there was no reason to doubt: -Alan white,is great,as always,by his powerful and fine style -Apart from some wrong notes and forgetting words(rare),Benoit David did a great job,particularly on And you and I,Heart of the sunrise and Starship troopers. -The set list was perfect,by the exception of the missing piece "Close to the edge",that I never heard in Yes(live shows -The Olympia's sound was super,a round sound and very rock
Steve Howe is playing better,years after years and I was surprised and charmed by his guitar part on Owner of a lonely heart,much better than the others versions in the past
And,last,the Big and Great Chris,the unique and majestic mister Squire!His style and his sound are still unbelivable and strong,his voice is a pure miracle of beauty. One more great show...
set list:Firebird Suite Siberian Khatru I've Seen All Good People Tempus Fugit Onward Astral Traveller And You And I Yours Is No Disgrace Steve Howe solo(2 acoustic and classical songs) Owner Of A Lonely Heart Machine Messiah South Side Of The Sky Heart Of The Sunrise Roundabout