yffcyeshead, a Yes superfan and longtime friend of Forgotten Yesterdays, provides an excellent concert review of the first night of the YES "Close To The Edge 50th Anniversary Japanese Tour 2002," and has provided an excellent photographic exploration of the merchandise and other material outside of the actual venue, as there was not any photography allowed within the concert hall.
British progressive rock band YES successfully performed in Japan for the first time in three years after overcoming the threat of the corona pandemic, which is a “crisis” for humanity. The previous performance in Japan (February 2019) was called YES's "50th anniversary special performance in Japan", so at this time it was an all-time best song selection that unraveled the history of the band.
I participated in the first day of Monday, September 5th.
When I bought the ticket, Mr. Alan White was supposed to be there. However, as you know, it didn't come true.
This band came to my hometown of Sendai many decades ago and I've seen it. In the "TALK" tour, there is no covering of the members from this time. There were John Anderson, Alan White, Chris Squire, and Tony Kay, and it was a brilliant prog-pop show that didn't leave much of an impression on me. Speaking for my taste, this time is overwhelmingly better.
The photo is taken secretly in violation of the rules. So far, everyone is doing it. Super good seats right in front of Dr. Steve Howe. A little after 19:00, the stage went dark and Mr. Alan White's slides played. I cried a little.
The familiar “Phoenix” was played and the members appeared. The start with the song "Tomato" is full of surprises. After that, a big hit on parade of Yes Classics. When the SE of "Kisuku" played, I was overwhelmed with emotion that "it has begun." Master Howe controls everything. I made eye contact with the members, and started with a drum count with the feeling of “se-no”. Professor Howe's hard work is extraordinary. The atmosphere in the hall is chaotic at "Siberian Katur" and "Roundabout". During the encore, Professor Howe called out "One More Song" and the audience went into a bit of a frenzy, ending the performance. A comfortable feeling of fatigue.
After all, I wonder if Jesus is because of Master Howe. The rhythm team's efforts were considerable, Chef Downes fully demonstrated his role as a successive member, and the vocals had originality that was not just a copy of Jon Anderson.
After returning home, I will listen to "YESSONGS". She is interested in the acoustic set on the 15th, but she has no money. Orchard Hall is an excellent concert hall. Jesus had to do something like this. Gymnasiums, domes, event halls, and live houses don't suit me.
Crimson was overpriced and exhausted with excitement, but there's a different feeling between this and that. He really thinks he's glad he went to see it.