Review and photographs by Timothy Reidy
Yes brought their 3-Album Tour back to New England last weekend, and this time around, they played outdoors at Mountain Park in Holyoke. In order, they performed the entire albums of Close to the Edge, Going for the One and The Yes Album, wrapping up the concert with “Roundabout” as the encore.
Being in a park setting, the start of each new album seemed to start off a bit slowly, but the band – which featured current members Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White, Geoff Downes and vocalist Jon Davison, who joined the band last year – improves as the albums progressed. My highlights from the show were “And You and I,” “Turn of the Century” and “Awaken.”
The full-album presentation meant that there were no surprises as to what song was coming up next, but it did offer some of Yes’ finest ’70s works. I admit I am partial to Yes, as they provide great power in both their concert presentation and their music.
The weather was great, which was a good thing, as everyone would have gotten wet otherwise. There is no cover at this venue. But the sound and the crowd were fine…