I’ve only read good and positive things about the ARW tour which makes me excited about next week’s show in Glasgow. There’s only one Yes as far as I’m concerned but we’re lucky to have two bands currently playing the music and doing it justice.
Here’s a good review of the first night of the UK tour.
The Isle Of Man Post Office has brought out these stamps to celebrate the work of Roger Dean who is, probably, most famous for the iconic artwork he designed for a lot of the classic Yes albums.
Steven Wilson’s remix of Yes’s notorious Tales From Topographic Oceans has been finished and is due out this year. I wonder if there is another album that has been lambasted as much as TFTO by people who have never even listened to it.
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.