Posts Tagged ‘Yes’

LIVE: Yes @ The Egg, 7/6/14

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Steve Howe

Steve Howe

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Stanley Johnson

So, at the Yes show at The Egg on Sunday, I was discussing with an old friend the fact that I have been progging out of late. I have no embarrassment or fear of this, and it’s been pretty deep. Lots of Can, not like that’s a surprise, the Krautrock tip is always cool. But perhaps a touch of Magma, made-up language and all. Certainly some Henry Cow, a fair dose of Soft Machine and David Thomas’ solo work, which, really, is never too far from the heart. And Beefheart. Is Beefheart prog?

But back to Yes. Yes is the acceptable face of prog, side by side with Genesis, which try as I might, I could just never sink my teeth into, despite protestations from ardent worshippers. Jon Anderson sang a tune with King Crimson, sure, but Yes could never marshall that kind of power. When Bruford jumped ship he knew that something like Red would crush Anderson’s head.



A Few Minutes With… Alan White of Yes

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Alan White

Alan White

Interview and story by Don Wilcock

The veteran progressive rock band Yes rolls into The Egg in Albany on Sunday (July 6), the second stop on a 35-date tour that includes Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium of Grand Ole Opry fame, the Big Apple’s Radio City Music Hall, and concludes at L.A.’s Greek Theatre. They will be performing in their entirety the albums Fragile and Close to the Edge, plus material from Heaven and Earth, a CD of new material to be released on Tuesday, July 22.

Jon Davison, the band’s current lead singer, was born the year the album Fragile was released – 1971. Drummer Alan White joined Yes just after their next album Close to the Edge came out in 1972. Even at that, he’s the second longest sustaining member of the band. Keyboardist Geoff Downes rejoined Yes in 2011 after an absence of 30 years. In fact, the only original member is Chris Squire, who formed the group in England in 1968.

With credits that include John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band, White is sanguine about his tenure with Squire. “I guess we’re the only two that can put up with each other,” he laughs. “No, you know, I enjoy Chris’ playing. I enjoy working with him. In the beginning, we took quite a while to find our own styles to work totally with each other, but it seems as if the combination has played out through the many albums we’ve done, and the many years we’ve been playing.”

Not only does singer Davison bear an uncanny vocal similarity to original Yes vocalist Jon Anderson, but he wrote a lot of the material for the new CD. It’s just the latest round of a revolving door of personnel in a band whose storied members have also included Rick Wakeman, Trevor Horn, Tony Kaye and Bill Bruford. “I mean, we’re pretty organized,” says White. “Jon is a wonderful guy to bounce off, and he has good ideas musically, and also a great sense of coming up with melodies and (coming up) with great choruses. This album has a lot of great songs on it.”


LIVE: Yes @ Mountain Park, 7/27/13

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
Steve Howe

Steve Howe

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.”


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