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West Palm Beach kicked the almighty god ass!



West Palm Beach kicked the almighty god ass!

Postby perpetualchanger » Mon Aug 12, 2002 11:52 am

It was the greatest show ever, I swear. I will tell you about it when I recover.

Especially the part about Chris attempting to commit roadiecide. <img src=pix/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby yeskat » Mon Aug 12, 2002 12:31 pm

I'll be waiting, PC! Hurry!!!!!!
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Postby perpetualchanger » Mon Aug 12, 2002 9:00 pm

Here's a couple of things you need to know about me before you read this review:

I have fibromyalgia syndrome. Going to a concert for me is quite painful. The vibration whoops my ass. So I was barely functional last night after the concert, which is why I didn't post my review then. People with FMS FEEL noise. And I swear I can hear light at times.

That having been said ...

I am one of those annoying people who sings at concerts too. I don't sing LOUD but I do sing in tune and it actually paid off last night that I wasn't the only one at the concert doing that.

So ...

We got there in plenty of time because we were told we were going to be searched. What a joke. We walked up with my camera bag and security says, "That's too big" when they see my camera bag. My husband says it's just got a camera in it and they say, "Oh, that's even worse." Those fuckers wouldn't even let me take my digital camera in. "No professional setups." Y'all can trust me on this one, I am a strictly amateur photographer. They said those throwaway cameras or a 35mm with a built-in zoom lens - well, I saw people with CAMCORDERS in there so I was quite pissed off that I couldn't take at least my digital camera in.

Back to the car we go to drop off the cameras. We go back in and they don't make the women lift their shirts up but the men had to lift their shirts up for a waistband inspection. So a woman could have gotten a gun in but not a man. Allrighty then. My husband got grilled about what he had in his pockets until he pulled out his wallet and they see that little sheriff's star on his ID card, then it was like, "Oh, go in sir." Like the fact that he works in law enforcement makes a difference. Gee, wonder if I had brought my ID card would I have been able to get my camera in ...

First stop I make is the souvenir booth. These people were so ignorant about Yes it was disgusting. One guy told some drunk guy that the Symphonic DVD was from ALL the concerts (I told him it was from Amsterdam). One of the women told this lady that it was the box set (which they had a poster up for). So of course I asked her if she had a DVD player; she asks me why so I tell her it's a DVD and she says, "Oh." Then I explained the box set. The guy told someone the picture from the Mag T-shirt was just a design, so I explained it was from the Mag cover insert. If you haven't seen it, it's the picture with the bald lady. They should have had me selling this stuff, I could have sold so much more for them because I actually know what the stuff is about. Sheesh!

After they tried to explain the Mag t-shirt to me, I bought one. And a TFTO shirt. And a Fragile shirt. And a tour book. They tried to tell me the "We must have waited all our lives for this moment" quote was from the new album. I managed to choke back my laugh until I got my merchandise.

We walk around for a bit, since we're early, and listen to some yucky local band called Lucky Dawg. At one point the singer announces, "We're gonna do another cover." NO! Really?

I decide I want a drink. So we go to one of the 18 bazillion concession stands and pay way too much for a Smirnoff Ice and a Guinness. They ask us for ID. Now, it's been a while since I've been carded, and dumb ass me left my driver's license in the car. I don't look 18 anymore so I didn't think it was an issue. The lady tells me, oh, we card up to 35, we are all volunteers so we want to be REALLY sure. So I don't have my ID but hubby has his and that's all right. As long as he buys it, he can give it to anyone he wants I suppose. Amazing. Maybe I've just been living under a rock too long.

Finally we go inside and they are being real lax about checking tickets at the first entry point, but the guy by our seats is a ticket Nazi. I must have gone through there 6 times in the course of the night but he still didn't recognize me, had to inspect my ticket with a flashlight every single time. So much for being memorable.

Right before the show started, I figure I had time for one more run to the bathroom. I wasn't going to get up and go during the show! I did that at the last show and missed part of (I think) Perpetual Change. The whole row behind me is still empty, so I think hey, I'll just crawl over my chair. DUMB! I fell down hard on my left wrist and I hit the poor guy sitting next to me. I was so embarrassed. I would have been OK, though, if my foot hadn't slipped off the seat - it was one of those chairs that flips up when you stand up. I should have seen it coming, I suppose, but I didn't want to make all those people move. Silly me. They can move next time, my hips don't work right anymore!

Then we get serenaded by some know-it-all fan. "That Rick Wakeman, he's the only reason they are still around." (Yeah, OK.) "I saw this show in (insert any city here) and they were just awesome." (Guess Rick played by himself, eh?) "They're gonna play, um, Siberian whatever, and uh, the other one. (His seatmate speaks inaudibly.) Yeah, that one. And they do Runabout for the N-core." (No lie, that's how he pronounced it, N-core.)

So much for the poor fan that doesn't want spoilers, 'cause this guy blew it in the 15 minutes before the concert. But he really pissed me off in the intermission.

I'll start another topic, I think this one's gonna be too long.

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Postby perpetualchanger » Mon Aug 12, 2002 9:28 pm

Or, I could just reply to my own topic. (Told you that concert kicked my ass!)

**********spoilers**********spoilers*********spoilers**********

Finally they put the lights down and you can tell who the really old fans are because they start screaming when Firebird comes on. The younger ones (in terms of fandom, not of clock years) start looking around like, what the fuck? Then the band starts coming out and they get all excited.

Steve starts the opening notes of Siberian Khatru a little too slowly and it takes the rest of the band chiming in to get it up to speed. But once they do, man, it's like a plane taking off. The whole place rumbles because the crowd is so excited. The Mars Music Amphitheater is just that, an amphitheater, meaning that it's got a roof covering the inside seats but there are no walls. And the place is still rumbling. I thought the roof was going to come down on my head.

I was not all that impressed with America. I've never liked the song anyway but hubby is a big Simon & Garfunkel fan so I'm glad they did it. They did a good job even though I wished they had done something else in its place. Jon really got into the song, which was nice to see.

Oh boy, I can't believe I didn't do the fashion report yet.

Steve, poor guy, he really looks like someone's grandpa these days, instead of a rock and roll god. Brown pants and a plaid shirt or some other kind of pattern; I couldn't see that far 'cause I was on Rick's side. I think he changed his shirt in the middle too. Chris really needs to wear clothes that fit him; he had on this pinkish-red embroidered shirt and black pants. I'm glad he didn't wear his spandex but man, buy some clothes that fit. At least Steve's clothes fit him, skinny as he is. I wanted to run out to the concession stand and buy Steve some pizza or something 'cause he's just toooooooooooooooo skinny. Downright skeletal.

Now, Rick was looking good. Whoever's doing Rick's hair better have gotten a big tip 'cause the hair was holding up. He looked better than I have ever seen him look. I've never thought Rick was hot but he was certainly yummy last night, for being blond and an old man on top of it. <img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle> He had on a black shirt and pants, and some silvery scaly looking jacket that flashed in the light. The jacket went down to mid-calf, so long it was almost capelike. Rick was by far the best dressed of the bunch.

Jon and Alan looked like they were going to the gym. Jon had on this light green zip-up jacket and pants and a darker light green shirt on underneath and it really looked like a warm-up suit. The neat thing about it was some of the lights occasionally turned it purple. The chameleon suit. Alan had on black spandex pants that cut off just above the knee, and let me tell you, Alan CAN wear spandex, he's got the right body for it. All that drumming has sculpted him nicely. Why he hides behind that drum kit and doesn't strut his stuff more, I don't know, because he's BUILT! The sweaty black T-shirt and sweat band just made it look that much more like he was going to the gym but damn, he's obviously taken care of himself.

OK, I gotta go get some breakfast, more of the show later.

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Postby perpetualchanger » Mon Aug 12, 2002 10:14 pm

I gotta get ready to check out of the room so I'll either update this when I get home, or later if I find an internet connection somewhere out in town. But I got a LOT more to say! <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby yeskat » Tue Aug 13, 2002 2:44 am

Hurry back, PC! <img src=pix/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby perpetualchanger » Tue Aug 13, 2002 10:54 am

Allrighty, I'm home but there's a storm either headed this way or just gone over so I may not be here long.

I was seriously pissed off during ITPO. And I do mean seriously pissed off. That was one of the songs during which people chose to get up and get refreshments. It kinda ruined the song for those of us who wanted to hear it. They did a great job on it, and Chris especially seemed to enjoy the vocals on this one.

This is how the setlist went on Forgotten Yesterdays:
Firebird Suite
Siberian Khatru
America
In The Presence Of
We Have Heaven/South Side Of The Sky
The Revealing Science Of God
Leaves Of Green/The Little Galliard
Tour Song/Show Me
Wakeman Solo/Wonderous Stories/And You And I
Heart Of The Sunrise
Magnification
Don't Kill The Whale
Whitefish/On The Silent Wings Of Freedom
Awaken
Yours Is No Disgrace

Well, it didn't exactly go like that.

I'd forgotten about them doing We Have Heaven, so I was thrilled to pieces when they cranked that one up. There appeared to be a lot of sequencing going on, but to get all the parts I would think that would have to happen. But it was still WAY cool. In fact, I was so into it, I didn't notice the serious bass deficiency once they started South Side of the Sky.

I don't know exactly when Chris realized he wasn't being heard, but it was sometime in the first half of this song. He kept looking out at the center section, making faces, looking back at the roadie, looking back at the audience, snarling ... if it wasn't so awful to see, it would have been kinda funny. In fact I wonder if the bass was off for that whole first part of the show because I didn't start having physical problems until after this was fixed. *shrugs*

At one point the roadie ran out and started fiddling with the little box attached to Chris' pants. After he left the stage, Chris started playing, got about three notes out, then turned backstage and threw his arms in the air as if to say "what the fuck" and he had a look on his face that scared me from 10 rows back on Rick's side.

As soon as SSOTS was over, Chris walked off the stage. Rick and Jon were after him like hounds and Alan followed. Then Steve pipes up with, "I guess we've had a change of plans." After taking a chair from his roadie, he then launched into his solo and did a masterful job of it. As he was playing Leaves of Green it seemed like it was just you and him in the living room hanging out, kind of like when my dad used to sit around playing late at night after us kids went to bed. There were thousands of people there but they certainly were attentive as grandpa told us stories with his guitar. He's still got it with a vengeance.

Then everyone else came back out and they did RSOG. If you hate TFTO, I'd be stunned if you hated it after hearing it live. A CD or vinyl copy of the studio recording does not do this song justice by a long shot.

I was sitting in a section of die-hard TFTO fans, which was great, except for the handful of people who had to get up and go or whatever it was that was so pressing they couldn't wait. I got up no fewer than 6 times during this song to let the idjits through. It kinda ruined the trance I go into when I hear the song, as did hubby deciding he wanted to rub my arm in the middle of it. Because of the fibromyalgia, I am really bad about being touched sometimes; I really hate crowds. All my senses were on fight or flight because there were so many strange people near me packed in too close. He rubbed my arm, I almost slugged him. Didn't mean to do it, it was a reflexive action but the damage was done. Boy, was he pissed at me.

After RSOG there was a 15-minute intermission. One of the lowlights of the concert for me was right after it ended.

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Postby perpetualchanger » Tue Aug 13, 2002 11:36 am

By the middle of the concert I was starving and I had the shakes, so we went to get something to eat. I had been smelling those damn sausages with onions all day, had to have one. No sooner did we get our sausages than I hear Jon singing. Well, I'll have to listen to this on the boot I have because someone behind me decided he was going to have a good time at the expense of everyone else around him.

This is the same stupid asshole who was going off about "n-cores" and "the other one" and whatever else he was babbling about. He starts being really obnoxious during Jon's solos, as if nobody wanted to listen.

The first part of his diatribe that I wasn't able to ignore was, "Everyone brings their kids, nobody's smoking, what's wrong with these people?" He wasn't even smoking himself, the whiner. And the only kid I saw there who really didn't belong was a baby about 8 months old, but even the baby was behaving better than this jerk.

Now, I have this look that freezes fire at 50 paces. I give it to him. Stupid doesn't take the hint even after I smile sweetly and say to him, "Some of us like it that way."

There were probably a lot of people like me there whose jobs would have been endangered if they were smoking anything other than a cigarette. I know I'm not going to risk my job or my entire existence with a joint, even if I ever did want one, which I never have (never even tried). And it was nice, being able to sit there and enjoy the concert without having to get up and hit my inhaler like I did during the Talk show I saw, with all the smoke in the air in a closed building with my eyes burning like the proverbial bush. So this guy really got me upset in a heartbeat.

But no, stupid can't leave it alone. Has to keep going because I've embarrassed him in front of his mumbling friend, and both of them probably know less about Yes' last 20 years than my dog, who at least sits in on my radio show and looks halfway attentive even if he can't retain anything between his floppy ears.

This next part could have happened anywhere else in the concert and I might not have been as pissed but this was new stuff and I really wanted to hear it.

I have a pretty long fuse but stupid lit the final match with this one. "You know, some people can't even stop eating, stop drinking during a concert, have to be grazing."

I damn near choked on my sausage when he said that. My blood sugar was way down, so I desperately needed something to eat. If my temper had been me, it would have hit the roof and that place has a very high roof. I've already tried the polite approach but it's obvious he wants to be incinerated verbally, so I decide to help him as Jon's solos go floating on by me.

I turned around and gave him the freeze-fire look again but this time I opened my mouth and let the flames tickle his nostril hairs. I said in my very best, most forceful non-yelling don't-fuck-with-me-mommy's-pissed voice that I use on cops who have guns at their side, "Would you shut up, I'm trying to listen!"

Stupid didn't say another word until the concert was over. Got smart in a hurry.


Jon's new song, Show Me, was very sweet, by the way.

With that settled, Rick came out and did a truncated version of Six Wives that wasn't nearly long enough.

After Rick finished his solo stuff they segued right into Heart of the Sunrise and that was out of this world awesome. Jon had trouble remembering the lines "counting the broken ties" and we all sang it for him, so he got back in on it the second time with the "they decided" part. It was the only time I remember him flubbing words all night and I was looking for it. Of all the songs to flub! They've done it how many of millions of times ... And when Jon started to imitate the ballet dancer over in the center section, now that was hysterical. I guess that was her trance song. Whatever.

IMHO, Jon kinda blew it with Magnification, singing some of the words first and then they started. I didn't want to know what they were going to next even though I knew Mag was on the setlist. But they did a fine job with the song and Chris once again really got into the vocal parts. Jon and Chris really sounded great on the two Mag songs.

And the crowd went wild when they did Don't Kill The Whale! Whodathunkit? They left out the "dig it" and Rick didn't do the dying whale sounds; if the version of DKTW on Tormato was this good, it would have been a WAY more popular song. Steve kicked ass on this one; it's a guitar song anyway, not a keyboard song. Even though I wish they had done Release, Release or Silent Wings, I was actually glad it went the way it did.

I think the roadie was trying to get Chris back for not being able to hear or something, because he kept motioning to the soundboard ... by the time Chris' solo came up, I was no longer hearing the bass as much as I was feeling it. This is normally a good thing but not if you're sensitive to vibration like I am. It got so bad at one point that I think the vibration actually changed my heartbeat. In fact I think how it affected me was precisely how a jackhammer pounding into my chest would feel. My chest just now today stopped hurting.

But anyway, back to the reason y'all are reading. Chris was kicking some serious booty on his solo. It wasn't just this, as Forgotten Yesterdays said:
Whitefish/On The Silent Wings Of Freedom

It was more like:
Fish/Whitefish/Tempus Fugit/Does It Really Happen?/On The Silent Wings Of Freedon

For me, the best part of Fish/Whitefish was and always will be Steve's guitar. Jon was doing some cool percussion stuff too. Then when everyone but Chris and Alan left the stage, Chris really kicked the almighty god ass. I will admit, I was disappointed that Silent Wings didn't make the final cut but you know what, it was BETTER that Chris got to do it as a solo because he was completely into it. He was totally and completely amazing, even when he went to face Alan at the drum kit. At that moment he was without doubt the greatest bass player in the world.

Awaken, now that put me in a whole other world. I was on Rick's side and that was the best place to be for this one. I could see facial expressions and Rick was totally into it. Jon was in a trance-like state himself doing that harp thing in the middle section; he had to have been meditating. Steve didn't miss a single note. Chris seemed content to just lay back and let it happen. Alan, well, I don't remember what he was doing but he must not have made a mistake because it would have stuck out. The whole song was completely and totally flawless. Considering that the concert ran almost 4 hours and this was late in the show, even more amazing.

After this they left the stage and everyone knows they are so totally full of shit, there's no way they are leaving. So then they come back out for the encore - surprise - Yours Is No Disgrace! At one point Janeeeee came out into the wings (at least it looked like her) and Jon just whisked her right off the ground and twirled her around. That looked like fun. This one, everyone was singing along except the twit in front of me who was playing a game on her cell phone (if you have a Nokia phone, it was the snake game). How utterly vacant of you to be playing a stupid cell phone game while the best band in the world is playing. Whatever.

I was thinking they would come back out for Roundabout but they didn't. I was surprised but not disappointed.

At the end they were all hugging each other, and I noticed a couple of things:

They are all very happy to have Rick back.

Chris and Rick have really missed each other; the affection was truly genuine.

They were all very careful about how they handled Steve. They let him approach first. In fact they way the hugged him, it reminded me of how people hug me - very carefully, as if they could break you.

Jon becomes more monklike every year.

And for those of you who think Steve doesn't rock anymore, you better think again. He's still awesome.

I think that's it for now, mostly because I'm tired again. It was truly an amazing show, probably the best show I've ever been to. I sure hope some sly dog taped it because it was definitely a keeper.




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Postby TenVoices » Tue Aug 13, 2002 11:42 pm

And the winner for the longest concert review goes too.....<img src=pix/jestera.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Postby TenVoices » Tue Aug 13, 2002 11:43 pm

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<b>TenVoices wrote:</b>
And the winner for the longest concert review goes too.....<img src=pix/jestera.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Sorry to, not too. Pet peave of mine.
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Postby perpetualchanger » Wed Aug 14, 2002 3:28 am

<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>
<b>TenVoices wrote:</b>
And the winner for the longest concert review goes too.....<img src=pix/jestera.gif border=0 align=middle>
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To think that I left parts out because I was tired ... like me having to be held up on the walk to the car because I just couldn't stand, I was so wiped out. I knew I would be worn out but I didn't think it would be quite as bad as it was. I'm sure some people thought I was drunk but if they only knew.

I didn't even attempt to do the meet and greet thing afterwards. If I ever meet any of them, I want more than 30 seconds and a scrawled signature. I want to exchange poetry with Jon, get photography tips from Steve, a drum lesson from Alan, a keys lesson from Rick, a bear hug from Chris. I want them all to myself, for a whole day or two! <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby TenVoices » Wed Aug 14, 2002 4:12 am

If I understand your illness, I don't think drum lessons are in your future. Poetry sounds like a safer bet.

Thanks for the review. I had fun reading it, and I hope to post my own after this weekend. I don't think it will be as long though...
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Postby perpetualchanger » Wed Aug 14, 2002 4:17 am

<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>
<b>TenVoices wrote:</b>
If I understand your illness, I don't think drum lessons are in your future. Poetry sounds like a safer bet.
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I know. <img src=pix/icon_smile_disapprove.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Thanks for the review. I had fun reading it, and I hope to post my own after this weekend. I don't think it will be as long though...
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Of course it won't. You probably won't recreate the entire thing like I did. Nobody's should be as long! <img src=pix/jestera.gif border=0 align=middle>

And here's a tip: Don't leave people hanging like I did!

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Postby relayer4u » Wed Aug 14, 2002 7:32 am

A great review Michele, I almost felt like I was in the seat next to you! Thanks for sharing that incredible experience of yours. The agony and the exctasy that you have to go through for a show would knock me on my ass.

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Postby Yesmam » Wed Aug 14, 2002 11:14 am

I thought it was a great review pc!!! I especially liked the part where you told the guy to "Shut Up"! I had to do that when I saw them, at the beginning of In the Presence Of, some idiot behind me decided to talk to the people with him at the top of his lungs. After I gave hm the "Christines famous withering stare" he shut up for the rest of the show.
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Postby YesJo » Wed Aug 14, 2002 11:29 am

Thank you Michele, I was entranced through this entire thread, you did a really good job!!!!!I bet you're still recovering!!!Your story about the jerk is so funny, but there is always one around. These two guys next to my husband were talking the entire Magnification and I was looking at them but they didn't notice, it wasn't mean enough I guess. I 'm not good at that stuff. But, your story was amazing, I loved reading about the concert.

Speaking of security....I went to the preseason Eagles and Packer game on Saturday night...they wouldn't let me in with my fanny bag!! You know those LITTLE pouches you wear around your waist!!! They let my mother in with a huge pocket book and a camera around her neck, my sister in law with a huge bag , but they wouldn't let the tiny pouch in. So I emptied my wallet and keys and cell phone into my Mothers bag and my husband put my pouch into a tree.<img src=pix/silly.gif border=0 align=middle> One guess if it was there when we got out? <img src=pix/icon_smile_dead.gif border=0 align=middle>No way. It was so stupid.
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Postby yeskat » Thu Aug 15, 2002 1:51 pm

Thanks, Michele!

I really enjoyed this! I would have given anything to see Chris's tantrum, with Jon, Alan, and Rick following behind! I wonder if this was staged? Probably not, since it appears that they've had terrible problems with their sound this tour! What's with that, anyway?

Too bad you were too exhausted to have met them! But at least you got to see the concert. Thanks for the great review -- I enjoyed every moment!<img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>



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Postby perpetualchanger » Sat Aug 17, 2002 3:39 am

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A great review Michele, I almost felt like I was in the seat next to you!
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I wish you had been! You wouldn't have talked through it or played games on your cell phone ...

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Thanks for sharing that incredible experience of yours. The agony and the exctasy that you have to go through for a show would knock me on my ass.
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Oh believe me, I was on my ass as soon as we got back to the hotel room. But I would trade that concert for the whole world. It certainly made up for some of the glaring discprepancies in the first show (Steve Howe not being there chief among them).

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I thought it was a great review pc!!!
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Thanks!

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I especially liked the part where you told the guy to "Shut Up"!
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I'm rarely pushed to that point so for me it was a big moment! My husband about fell out of his chair when I did it.

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I had to do that when I saw them, at the beginning of In the Presence Of, some idiot behind me decided to talk to the people with him at the top of his lungs. After I gave hm the "Christines famous withering stare" he shut up for the rest of the show.
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That idjit at my concert really ruined what should have been one of the highlights for me. Some people really have no clue what effect they have on other people.

You could really tell who was ignorant of the new stuff by the way they handled themselves during the concert. They got up or talked during ITPO and didn't seem to realize that some of us LIKE the new stuff. And if they got up during RSOG they REALLY lost my respect. I was in a section of TFTO fans and I still had to get up half a dozen times which totally messed up my trance. I was so upset! <img src=pix/icon_smile_sad.gif border=0 align=middle>

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These two guys next to my husband were talking the entire Magnification and I was looking at them but they didn't notice, it wasn't mean enough I guess. I 'm not good at that stuff.
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Because of my job I'm pretty good about ignoring distractions but when that guy started interfering with my enjoyment of Jon's solo ... buddy, you may as well have tried to stand between Jon and his Janeeeeeeeeeee because it had about the same effect on me. I wanted to murder the guy for a few moments of silence so I could hear Jon singing that new song of his. Oh well. There's always bootlegs.

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Speaking of security....I went to the preseason Eagles and Packer game on Saturday night...they wouldn't let me in with my fanny bag!!
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It is really retarded what they will/won't let you inside with. I know they have to be more careful now after 9/11 but sheesh!

Speaking of which, I forgot to tell about the guy that security removed ... it was the part of the concert my hubby got REALLY excited about. Reminded him of work. (He works at a jail.)

I think it was during DKTW, this dude tried to get onstage or something; I didn't see what he did. But out of nowhere there were 6 security guys on his ass and they took him out of the amphitheater in 2 seconds flat. I've never seen anyone move that fast!

Hubby actually got out of his chair and was gonna go help them even though he would have had to somehow pass 10 people on his way to the end of the aisle. I'm thinking, duh, they can handle it, dude ... but then I realize that is what he has to do at work sometimes. Force of habit and all. It was pretty damn funny to see something finally get his shitkicker ass out of the chair at a Yes concert. He enjoyed it but not like he would have if it was Garth Brooks (gag me!).



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Postby perpetualchanger » Sat Aug 17, 2002 4:14 am

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<b>yeskat wrote:</b>
I would have given anything to see Chris's tantrum, with Jon, Alan, and Rick following behind! I wonder if this was staged? Probably not, since it appears that they've had terrible problems with their sound this tour! What's with that, anyway?
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I dunno. I did talk to someone online who met Chris' roadie at one of the shows and here's the story of how this guy got the gig:

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Turns out Richard got the gig with Chris when he showed up to install
cable at his house in LA - they hit it off and Chris asked him -
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Look, it breaks, you fix! Talk about lucking into a situation!
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I'd say he did!

I also heard that at the Atlanta show, Steve's guitar didn't fire up for the opening notes of SK and Rick played an extended version of Firebird which was way cool. At least they are covering the problems efficiently and with style.

Chris' irritation seemed too genuine to me for this whole thing to have been staged.

Now, whether or not they communicated to Steve that they were all leaving, I couldn't tell. Even if they did jam him, he responded to it so graciously and naturally that he won some HUGE points with me. A great showman indeed. And it really did feel like story hour at the library when Steve was playing, or a master class situtation.

Of course, I had never seen Rick or Steve with Yes before so I was paying the most attention to them. At my '94 concert I had a great view of Jon (equivalent to 3rd row) but not of anyone else so I concentrated on the others.

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Too bad you were too exhausted to have met them! But at least you got to see the concert. Thanks for the great review -- I enjoyed every moment!<img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
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You're welcome. Like I said earlier, I'm not much of an autograph seeker - if I ever do meet the band I want it to be more personal. So I am content that it went the way it did. If I have to prioritize when I do meet them, though, it would be Jon and poetry, followed by Steve and photographs. The rest could wait until heaven and that would be OK with me.

I also forgot to mention a couple of things about the light show.

Sometime during SK they had a blue light of some kind on the kick drum that was totally cool. I was kind of disappointed when it went away.

The flashing strobe light thing at the end of Awaken, now that made me dizzy. I don't do well with flashing lights. It was a good thing that everyone in front of me stood up because it made a bad situation better. I was probably the only person in the place who didn't stand up at the end of Awaken because of that light. But I was so drained at the end of Awaken, I probably would have fallen over anyway, no muscle tone left. And that was a GOOD thing.

I can almost hear the public service announcement in my head now ...

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Postby yeskat » Sat Aug 17, 2002 1:04 pm

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After Rick finished his solo stuff they segued right into Heart of the Sunrise and that was out of this world awesome. Jon had trouble remembering the lines "counting the broken ties" and we all sang it for him, so he got back in on it the second time with the "they decided" part. It was the only time I remember him flubbing words all night and I was looking for it. Of all the songs to flub! They've done it how many of millions of times ... And when Jon started to imitate the ballet dancer over in the center section, now that was hysterical. I guess that was her trance song. Whatever.

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I read on YesWorld in a fan's reveiw that Jon was laughing at this woman dancing and that's why he forgot his words. They said he was pretty hysterical over her!
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Postby perpetualchanger » Sat Aug 17, 2002 6:37 pm

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Michele,
I read on YesWorld in a fan's reveiw that Jon was laughing at this woman dancing and that's why he forgot his words. They said he was pretty hysterical over her!
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You know, come to think of it Jon WAS laughing at her! She was like one of those snakes in a basket where the dude plays the recorder or something and the snake comes up out of the basket dancing. Around here, you only see things like that in church! Instant idiot, just add music. She was right in front of him too, maybe 3-4 rows back, no way he could have avoided her unless he traded places with Alan.



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Postby psychopomp95 » Sat Aug 17, 2002 8:29 pm

Good to hear that you had fun, Meech! <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle> And sorry about the pain, too, but hopefully things are fine by now... it WAS definitely worth it from the sounds of it!
And I hate it when people get up in the middle of the songs and distract you... I was able to last through the ENTIRE concert when I saw them last year, and that was just about 3 hours, with no intermission whatsoever!! So I don't know why people choose to get up DURING songs when the break is right in the middle... <img src=pix/icon_smile_question.gif border=0 align=middle>
I'd like to hear RSOG live... <img src=pix/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle> Not just on a bootleg of course, but I mean AT an actual concert! It seems to be the kind of song that needs that environment, in person! Hopefully they'll still be playing it next tour!
And as far as the changes to 'Whale'; excellent!! The 'dig it' and Rick's whale sounds were the two main things that I DID dislike about it, so I would imagine it was pretty good without them! <img src=pix/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle> I always thought Steve's playing on that was a lot heavier than he usually did, too!

Hmmm, wonder how far along that Tales chain is? <img src=pix/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle> I'll wait patiently for it, and one of the shows from this tour along with it!
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Postby perpetualchanger » Sun Aug 18, 2002 6:05 am

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Good to hear that you had fun, Meech! <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle> And sorry about the pain, too, but hopefully things are fine by now... it WAS definitely worth it from the sounds of it!
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It only lasted part of the next day. But it was a good kind of pain.

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And I hate it when people get up in the middle of the songs and distract you... I was able to last through the ENTIRE concert when I saw them last year, and that was just about 3 hours, with no intermission whatsoever!!
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I can't last that long, I have to get up and pee at the intermission. <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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So I don't know why people choose to get up DURING songs when the break is right in the middle... <img src=pix/icon_smile_question.gif border=0 align=middle>
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'Cause they're ignorant!

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I'd like to hear RSOG live... <img src=pix/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle> Not just on a bootleg of course, but I mean AT an actual concert! It seems to be the kind of song that needs that environment, in person! Hopefully they'll still be playing it next tour!
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As great as RSOG is, it's even better live.

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And as far as the changes to 'Whale'; excellent!! The 'dig it' and Rick's whale sounds were the two main things that I DID dislike about it, so I would imagine it was pretty good without them! <img src=pix/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle> I always thought Steve's playing on that was a lot heavier than he usually did, too!
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It was highly improved, and the words still relevant. I don't think it's as bad a song as some people do, and I really liked the omissions! It doesn't sound oh so 1979 now.

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Hmmm, wonder how far along that Tales chain is? <img src=pix/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle> I'll wait patiently for it, and one of the shows from this tour along with it!
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I think it's on its way to Kirk. I e-mailed you separately about it.

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You're like Barnum and Bailey on legs!
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