Fragile, UK Yes Tribute



Fragile, UK Yes Tribute

Postby fragilesi » Fri Apr 13, 2001 1:55 am

For those of us still waiting for Yes dates in the UK / Belgium / Finland the following may be of interest . . . Fragile are a Yes tribute band in the UK, keeping the music alive while we anxiously await the return of the masters!

Fragile are delighted to be able to announce the following dates
for their forthcoming "Going for 2001" tour. The tour is in
support of the band's debut CD "Live at the Half Moon".

You can find out all the details and listen to sample MP3 tracks
on our website

http://www.yestribute.com/

The dates are;

April 14th - VERVIERS, Belgium - The Spirit of '66
May 3rd - CREWE - The Limelight Club
May 24th - ST ALBANS - The Horn
June 16th - BRISTOL - The Fleece and Firkin - Double header with Invisible Touch!
June 22nd - DUDLEY - The Robin R'n'B Club
July 6th - SOUTHAMPTON - The Brook
July 15th - BIGGIN HILL - The Manor
July 20th - STOURBRIDGE - The Rock Cafe 2000
August 17th - HELSINKI, FINLAND - Tavastia Club (Plus Ars Nova)
Sep 21st - LONDON - The Royal Standard
Sep 29th - SHEFFIELD - The Boardwalk
October 18th - CREWE - The Limelight Club
November 2nd - DUDLEY - The Robin R'n'B Club
November 10th - MANCHESTER - The Witchwood

Under Negotiation - Nottingham, Liverpool, South Shields
Colchester, Glasgow

More dates will be added later during the year.

Each show will consist of over two hours of classic Yes material
including many faithfully reproduced Yes classics as well as a
small sprinkling of Fragile's own unique interpretations. As
ever a highlight of the shows will be the dramatic Yes medley
covering highlights from many of the greatest Yes albums.

So why not come along and spend an evening with us enjoying the
fantastic music of Yes being played by an exceptional group of
musicians. If you're not sure whether to go perhaps some
snippets from reviews of the last tour and CD will help . . .

"I was completely awed by the precision and mastery of these
timeless songs"
Kate Hoffman-Baley, Gypsymusic

"As if Chris Squire himself was on stage"
Dutch Progressive Rock Page

"Spitting Images of a live Yes Performance"
Alternate View

"I'd recommend it to any Yes fan"
Huw Lloyd-Langton

"I was fully prepared to walk out after a few minutes if they
didn't get it right! But, as others have stated in their
reviews, my fears were unfounded. After only 60 seconds I turned
to my friend and gave him the thumbs up sign, which he
reciprocated. Here was a band of very competent musicians
performing some of the most beautifully crafted rock music
ever penned, beautifully!" Malcolm Bowman - Cambridge

"Ils sont géants!" - Pierre Romainville - Verviers

"Goose bumps appeared with the first few notes of the next
song, "And You and I". I was in heaven." - Mary-Cat Berman -
London Astoria II

"All in all, a magnificent night. Not only did Fragile give us
all the right notes in all the right places, using the very
sound created by Yes themselves, but they seemed to capture the
very essence and spirit of the band and the Yes experience too.
The only thing better than Fragile's Yes, is Yes themselves." -
Ivan Fraser - Whitley Bay

Cheers, Simon.
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Postby Yes-Loon » Fri Apr 13, 2001 2:05 am

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Postby jackalz » Fri Apr 13, 2001 8:36 am

Ever so close to SPAM.
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Postby fragilesi » Fri Apr 13, 2001 9:26 pm

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Ever so close to SPAM.
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Sorry I think that this is a bit ott . . .

I checked with Ed before I posted anything about Fragile and he was happy for me to do so. I also made the topic very clear so that those not interested could skip it.

Fragile have brought a lot of pleasure to a lot of people and there's no need to keep it a secret. One post once or twice a year to let people know what they are doing is hardly unreasonable in my mind.

However, if people really object to this then this is the last one that you will see, promise. I would say though that the band are keeping the flame alive while we eagerly await the return of Yes . . .

Simon.
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Postby Ed Schaum » Fri Apr 13, 2001 10:26 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>I checked with Ed before I posted anything about Fragile and he was happy for me to do so. I also made the topic very clear so that those not interested could skip it.
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Well, that's not exactly the way it went down.

I do appreciate that you wrote to me first to ask if it was ok to post.

However, my response was NOT that I was "happy for you to do so".

My reply was closer to "I don't think it will be a problem, but the members may view it as spam and give you a hard time about it."

Everyone else------

How do you want to handle this sort of thing? Do we want to hear about things like Yes tribute bands tour dates? I was actually thinking of starting another section in here where musicians who like to play Yes music can contact one another.

I must admit, that what I thought would be a small blurb for this Yes tribute band turned into a major advertisement.
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Postby khalpin » Fri Apr 13, 2001 11:58 pm

I saw Fragile at YesFest '94 and I thought they were fabulous. Unfortunately they don't play the U.S. (as far as I know), but I would definitely go see them again and this forum would probably be the best way to find out about it. And I would love to hear if there were another Yes cover band playing locally to myself, also. Geez, what else better happens for a couple hours on your typical weekend evening?
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Postby massos » Sat Apr 14, 2001 1:49 am

Heh, I have to say that I admire any band that can play classic YES material and play it well (I can just get around the guitar parts). Yep, that post is a blatant advert and we should smack em about the chops for that. But good tribute bands are a great way of spreading YES's music. Also, I imagine fragelesi has some interesting stories, for example have they ever met the real YES and what do YES think about them?
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Postby fragilesi » Sat Apr 14, 2001 4:57 am

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Well, that's not exactly the way it went down.

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Okay, I consider myself admonished and will refrain from any further postings to Yestalk. I can't see why the size of the posting actually makes the slightest bit of difference but there you go.

Simon.
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Postby massos » Sat Apr 14, 2001 3:00 pm

Hi, Fragilesi. I'm sure that your still more than welcome as a new member to YESTALK so don't dissapear? November in Manchester eh :-)
think I'll check this out.
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Postby Yes-Loon » Sat Apr 14, 2001 8:04 pm

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Heh, I have to say that I admire any band that can play classic YES material and play it well (I can just get around the guitar parts). Yep, that post is a blatant advert and we should smack em about the chops for that. But good tribute bands are a great way of spreading YES's music. Also, I imagine fragelesi has some interesting stories, for example have they ever met the real YES and what do YES think about them?
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I agree, I have to admire any band that can get their heads round <img src=pix/icon_smile_angry.gif border=0 align=middle> licks; Respect!!
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Postby EricBliss12345 » Sun Apr 15, 2001 11:07 am

Jeez! I just had to read this same thing at Yeshoo!! I think its a great idea to plug his band on a yes site, but why the fuck would you do it in the YES MUSICIANS section? That doesnt make sense, i got all excited seeing the new thingy and then it was this...it just shouldve been shorter but this kinda stuff dont bother me.
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Postby Ed Schaum » Sun Apr 15, 2001 7:22 pm

Ok, he didn't post the message in this section, it was originally in the YEStalk forum, this forum didn't exist when he posted it.

I'd been thinking of making a forum for musicians who want to hook up with one another to play Yes music. I'm part of an email list of people all over the northeast who get together and jam once every couple of months. So it occured to me that there might be others who'd want to hook up too.

Then, I got a message from fragilesi asking if it would be ok to plug his Yes tribute band on the board. I told him that I didn't have a big objection to the concept, but that people on the board may not like it, since this place runs completely spam-free.

When this topic heated up, I decided that it was time to make the other forum, and that this topic should be moved into it.

I was afraid that someone might think that this section was either FOR band members, or ABOUT band members.....I'm not too creative with the names sometimes....so I guess I was right...wrong...about that :)

If there's a better name for this section, let's discuss it, I have no problem changing it. And if anyone thinks we should have a section to talk about individual band members, we can set that up too.

As far as having a section FOR the guys in the band...I'll just ring them up and ask them (keep dreaming, Ed)
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Postby yesrocks » Sun Apr 15, 2001 9:26 pm

What is SPAM?
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Postby IngnoZac » Sun Apr 15, 2001 11:02 pm

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happy for me to do so
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I dont mind about that kind of posts but I do not encourage them... Anything that is good for YesFans is ok to me...

Peace
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Postby Ed Schaum » Sun Apr 15, 2001 11:12 pm

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What is SPAM?
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Technically, UCE is spam. UCE is Unsolicited Commercial Email. You know, the stuff that clogs up your email box constantly.

The wider-range view of spam is any message that is posted publicly on someone elses site where it isn't SPECIFICALLY WELCOMED, in order to avoid having to pay for advertising. That includes message boards, guestbooks, newsgroups, maillists, etc.
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Postby yesrocks » Mon Apr 16, 2001 12:09 am

Thanks ED!
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Postby dvaidr » Mon Apr 16, 2001 3:41 pm

I certainly don't consider it as SPAM - it's information which should be of interest to anyone who joined Yestalk.

I also think it's a little pedantic if not infantile - why do so many PC users become so trite, banal and inane when they get behind their keyboards?!<img src=pix/silly.gif border=0 align=middle>

Look forward to seeing you at South Shields...

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Postby fragilesi » Thu Apr 19, 2001 12:19 am

Okay I had to come back here after I saw the number of replies that landed in my e-mail . . .

I'll offer an unreserved apology to anyone who genuinely got annoyed with this okay? I guess there's one exception because of the "New Language" used :-)

I do have a problem in that I have enormous enthusiasm for these guys, I was ready to laugh at them if they were bad when I saw them but imho they were great! I've watched some of the audiences during the shows and I've made it my business to make sure that as many people as want to and are geographically able get to see them.

However, looking at my original post maybe it was over the top and I won't take that approach again for sure! I really don't want to create bad feeling. The idea was to fend off the understandable cynicism that I often see directed at tribute bands of all kinds but particularly Yes.

Anyway, sorry, sorry, sorry - Simon.
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Postby massos » Thu Apr 19, 2001 12:27 am

Glad to see you came back.

Ps. my "smack em in the chops" was meant comically so apologies if it wasn't taken as such.

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Postby Ed Schaum » Thu Apr 19, 2001 12:36 am

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I certainly don't consider it as SPAM - it's information which should be of interest to anyone who joined Yestalk.

I also think it's a little pedantic if not infantile - why do so many PC users become so trite, banal and inane when they get behind their keyboards?!

Look forward to seeing you at South Shields...

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Pedantic? I don't think so. It costs me money to maintain the domain name, it costs me money to maintain the web site, and it takes a lot of my time to continue writing this software and keeping the site looking and feeling fresh.

Nobody says "hey Ed, wanna advertise Yestalk for free". If I want to advertise the site, I have to PAY for ads, and so should anyone else who wants to advertise, especially if it's a commercial enterprise.

I work very hard keeping the spam off this site so that everyone can get the maximum enjoyment talking about YES.

Simon was nice enough to ask me before posting his ad, and I said it was ok specifically because I think it's of interest to Yes fans. Normally, ads either get erased or "decorated" as soon as I see them.

So please tell me exactly where I'm being pedantic, especially in light of the fact that I've created a separate forum for additional musician interaction.
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Postby fragilesi » Thu Apr 19, 2001 12:37 am

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Heh, I have to say that I admire any band that can play classic YES material and play it well (I can just get around the guitar parts). Yep, that post is a blatant advert and we should smack em about the chops for that. But good tribute bands are a great way of spreading YES's music. Also, I imagine fragelesi has some interesting stories, for example have they ever met the real YES and what do YES think about them?
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Well, the band did have the honour of having Peter Banks appearing on stage with them back in 1999. He joined in with "Time and a Word" and did some soling on "Wurm" which was a pretty fantastic moment. Rick Wakeman was also very supportive of the band when we met him at Marlborough at the live DVD recording and he promised to come to a show when he was "less busy". (Aside - Rick is an incredibly good bloke imho and was kind enough to allow us into the soundcheck - I have a website about that too of course). When he met Gonzalo who plays keys for Fragile he simply smiled and said "You poor sod, I am sorry".

The band have also individually met Yes a few times prior to Fragile forming. Beyond that, what the rest of the current band members think about Fragile or tribute bands is something of a mystery with the exception of Alan White. He recently appeared on stage with Envision I think, so I'm assuming he likes the idea [:-)] We also sent a copy of the CD to Jon Anderson via one of his relatives but not too suprisingly given the band's current commitments haven't heard anything from him.

And to anyone who goes to see Fragile, let me know what you think!

Cheers, Simon.
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Postby Yes-Loon » Thu Apr 19, 2001 1:24 am

Fragilesi, sounds interesting. How does one obtain a CD from Fragile. Perhaps you could send one to me, if you were exceptionally friendly, nice and so on<img src=pix/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Postby dvaidr » Thu Apr 19, 2001 1:50 am

That's exactly my point. You were good enough to set up separate forums so that individuals could contribute their thoughts etc to that forum. Reading comments like 'Ever so close to spam' is pedantic! One could say that about almost anything - what about, say, Chris Welchs book. You read it, you finish it and cast you opinion. You either like it or you don't! But one thing for sure is that the guy's made a concerted effort to inform us of the history of Yes, something which we were all interested enough about to go out and buy the book. A "common interest" if you like, which should be the whole basis of forums; that's not to say you have to agree whole-heartedly about everything.

Fragilesi was good enough to keep us informed as to where the gigs etc were and for all intents and purposes, probably thought he was doing us a favour and what is the response......'Ever so close to spam'!!

I should have said that that specific comment was pedantic. Please accept my apologies if I annoyed you. Sorry!

I admire and very much appreciate what you're doing and would never take a swipe at the site.<img src=pix/icon_smile_8ball.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby fragilesi » Thu Apr 19, 2001 2:16 am

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Fragilesi, sounds interesting. How does one obtain a CD from Fragile. Perhaps you could send one to me, if you were exceptionally friendly, nice and so on<img src=pix/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Yes-loon, you're absolutely right, if I was "exceptionally friendly, nice and so on" I would send you one . . . unfortunately I'm only "above average" in those respects so you'd have to buy one I'm afraid. I do of course strive to maintain a continuous cycle of self-improvement but alas I've never quite reached the heights of perfection that you describe. The website does have some free MP3 samplers though hanging off the page about the CD though so I must be getting there.<img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

Fragilesi - <img src=pix/icon_smile_evil.gif border=0 align=middle>

PS Massos, no offence taken, not at all.
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Postby massos » Thu Apr 19, 2001 2:34 am

This is a fantastic site Ed, so don't think we don't appreciate yur efforts.

Just wondering if you set fragilesi up with a direct line to the yestalk webserver? The rate he's posting he must be hooked up at 2Meg minimum<img src=pix/jestera.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Postby jackalz » Thu Apr 19, 2001 7:59 am

Sorry I didn't get back to this sooner. I've been visiting the Grandma.

First, I'd like to say that my statement that this was close to spam, was not saying that it was spam, just very close. I'm glad a tribute band member is proud to showcase Yes music. I feel this is a site that can welcome posts about the accomplishments and tour events by such a band. It's just that when he first posted this it was his first or second post, so that brought it closer to the spam factorization. As long as anyone contributes to YesTalk and is not just here to sell, it's OK with me(if it's OK with Ed).

So welcome fragilesi, which instrument do you play? How long has your group been playing? Is it still fun? I've read that you mostly play from the Classic period, are you playing anything new, like Mind Drive, or Universal Garden, or New Languages, or something?
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Postby fragilesi » Thu Apr 19, 2001 3:17 pm

Jackalz,

Great, I guess we are all friends now <img src=pix/icon_smile_approve.gif border=0 align=middle>

Just to clear something up though I'm not in the band, I wish I had a fraction of what's required to do that! I basically saw them, offered to do their website and have been helping out ever since. (Basically any Yes music I get to hear live is a bonus is why . . .)

Most of the stuff they play is definitely from the earlier classics. However, they have reworked a couple of numbers completely like "Owner" and though I'm yet to see it they've added an acoustic "Wonderous Stories" to the set. They've also done "The Meeting" from ABWH and the current set begins and ends with sections of "Endless Dream" from Talk.

I'm always on at them to try something like "Homeworld" or "New Language" but so far no luck. What I really want them to do though are "Parallels" and "Sound Chaser".

Oh, and by the way they are also doing the full version of "South Side of the Sky" on this tour . . .

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Postby jackalz » Fri Apr 20, 2001 1:39 am

I here you, I'd love to help out a Yes tribute band that could effectively reproduce the Yes sound, just for the free live tunes. Of course, I'd quit my job to roady for Yes, even with an orchestra as keyboardist. Did I mention I'm comfortable with computers?

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Postby EricBliss12345 » Wed Apr 25, 2001 3:28 pm

about to hear the snippet of Gates Im excited!
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Postby jaynote1 » Tue May 08, 2001 7:48 am

Wow this turned out to be more than I expected. I have two points to make:
1 I really didnt mind the info on Fragile-I think its great to hear about Yes tribute bands. I wonder if anyone knows anything about one in the US-Southeast preferably. I have been learning steves guitar parts for years(as best that I can) and I would love to have someone to play that music with.

2 I thot this was a forum topic for Musicians that play or want to play Yes. If there are any guitarists that can give me any tips, advice,etc on playing Yes music I would certainly appreciate it.

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