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Brian Lane:

“‘It would help prevent confusion among the fan base if the other Yes band would identify their key members as we have,’ it read. ‘If you just want to see the original Yes this summer, Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman is the band for you.’”

There is no confusion here. One band is Yes and the other is ARW. These people should not be behaving like idiots at this time of their lives and careers.

Via UltimateClassicRock

Back to the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow to see Anderson Rabin Wakeman (ARW)…

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I upgraded my seat from the one in the gods to this much better view…

andeson rabin wakeman glasgow

It was a great show. I surprised myself at how emotional I got when Jon Anderson entered the stage. He really is in great voice and skipped around the stage like someone fifty years younger.

andeson rabin wakeman glasgow

Rick Wakeman is as good as ever. His parts in Awaken were stunning.

andeson rabin wakeman glasgow

Trevor Rabin is a very different kind of player than Steve Howe and it showed in the older songs. The overall sound was excellent though.

Special mention should go the “hired hands” especially bass player Lee Pomeroy who is just amazing. His extended solo during The Fish was spectacular and a wonderful tribute to Chris Squire.

It was a great night and, unlike some fans, I’m very happy to have two bands out playing this music. Another union would be nice though. We can dream.

Yes Concert

To Glasgow on Wednesday to see Yes performing the Drama and Fragile albums in their entirety. I bought a ticket for this show over a year ago but my enthusiasm took a large dip after the tragic death of Chris Squire.

It turned out to be a great show though. After a very moving Chris tribute to the strains of Onward they launched into Machine Messiah which sounded great. After a rousing version of Tempus Fugit it was time for another tribute. This time it was Peter Banks and a reallly nice version of Time And a Word.

The run through of Fragile in the second half continued the great pace. There was none of the sluggishness that Yes seemed to have in recent performances. Billy Sherwood nailed the complicated bass parts and Jon Davison is continuing to prove himself a good front person. I wish he was allowed to speak in between songs a bit more though.

Don’t Kill The Whale, Owner Of A Lonely Heart, and Starship Trooper finished a fantastic concert.

I hope this lineup gets to record some new stuff in order to put that insulting “tribute band” label out of it’s misery.