"An Evening With Yes thrills crowd at Moore Theater in Seattle"
Seattle was treated to “An Evening with Yes”at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Sunday, March 3, 2013. The English prog-rock band was greeted by a passionately enthusiastic crowd of devoted fans that packed the house. We attended the show, which featured Yesmusic from 70s albums Close To the Edge, The Yes Album, & Going For The One.
Yes has been around since 1968, with their most recognizable hits being Owner of a Lonely Heart (1985), Roundabout and I’ve Seen All Good People from 1971. Their unique musical style focuses on elaborate themes, featuring artistic, complex and lengthy songs. The unmistakable voice of original member Jon Anderson has been replaced twice, the current new lead singer being Jon Davison. Was he good? Yeah, he was great! Maybe it’s hard to forget Anderson’s incredible voice, but Davisson, (who is still pinching himself that Yes has brought him aboard) is doing a fantastic job.
Original member Chris Squire (bass) and Steve Howe (guitar) were in great form along with drummer Alan Whiteand Geoff Downes (keyboards). All performed with exquisite perfection–as is always the case.
They opened with the entire 1972 album “Close to the Edge” and it was announced that this is the first time they have ever done this, in the order they appear on the album. The first song, “Close to the Edge” is 18-minutes with 4 distinctive parts. This was followed by And You & I”,(ten minutes), and “Siberian Khatru” (eight minutes.)
This album reflected Jon Anderson’s spiritual awakening at the time, inspired by Siddhartha. Throughout the performance, the album cover, as well as the the song being performed was projected on the video screen behind them. The audience was very engaged throughout the evening with the band, some standing up with arms extended over their heads as though absorbing the energy of a spiritual retreat or religious revival.
While most fans were typical Yes fans in their 50s, there were also plenty of younger artsy people with dreadlocks around us—dressed in interesting outfits. But one consistent trait that Yes fans share is an intellectual appreciation for extremely sophisticated music. In Yes, each musician is profoundly talented: Alan White, one of the most legendary rock drummers of all time, effortlessly keeps up with complicated time signature changes and tempos—counting, always counting–while Steve and Chris are changing instruments mid-song without missing a note. Chris Squires played a triple bass at times, while Steve had at least a dozen guitars during the show, sometimes two being handy at once. And Geoff appeared to be Oz, his back to the audience as he plays many different keyboards (with lots of amazing sounds.)
Someone yelled out “Happy birthday Chris!” in honor of Chris Squire’s 65th birthday, after which everyone cheered. The next five songs were from their 1977 album Going For the One...
After an explosion of silver and white confetti, and a brief intermission, the band’s second set contained songs exclusively from the popular album, The Yes Album, from 1971...
Backstage after the event, we spoke to longtime friend Alan White in his dressing room, who shared the upcoming tour schedule. “We’re headed to San Francisco next, then Los Angeles, Temecula, then Reno after that.” (The tour ends up in Brazil and Argentina in May.) Alan lives in the Seattle area with his wife Gigi and both are well known in the music community. They participate in many fund raisers, most notably Music Aid Northwest, and Alan never hesitates to sit in as guest drummer for local Beatles tribute bands, telling stories of what it was like working with John Lennon and George Harrison.
Monday, March 4, 2013 8:18 AM
Hello everyone, Just got back from YES at The Moore Theater in Seattle.........Wow, Great Show!!!
Setlist: Opened with Firebird Suite:
1. Close To The Edge, 2. And You, And I 3. Siberian Khatru 4. Going For The One 5. Turn Of The Century 6. Parallels 7. Wondrous Stories 8. Awaken
20 minute Break?
09. Yours Is No Disgrace 10. Clap, 11. Starship Trooper 12. Your Move/I've Seen All Good People 13. A Venture, 14. Perpetual Change
Steve was awesome throughout the show, he did have guitar tech problems in first two songs. But by Siberian Khatru they were really rockin'. I loved this performance of Turn Of The Century and Awaken. It was so beautiful with Geoff, Steve and Jon playing off each other.
Each song had it's own magic, that when performed tonight came into the light and dazzled a very receptive audience.
Chris and Alan were on top of their game and gave a powerhouse performance. Geoff's keyboards were well mixed, and loud throughout the show. Jon Davison sounds great with this mix of talent that I feel we are blessed to see. I think they will get much tighter with their performances as this tour moves along.
To me there is a missing key (Jon Anderson) That I hope will return someday with his Unbroken Spirit. I think he adds so much to this band. I get this melancholy feeling seeing YES now without Jon Anderson. Mainly because I have seen so many magical performances of YES from the past.
I'm an old school YES FAN, my first Yesshow was in Seattle, 1975, the Relayer Tour. That performance took me to another world and I've been hooked ever since that experience........
I go to see YES on every tour when they come through the Pacific Northwest. So if your old school like me and saw Yes perform these three masterpiece albums, way back in the 1970's. Don't miss this incarnation of YES. They have carried on very well and are putting on a grand show.