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They didn't drop Awaken! Show review 11/4



They didn't drop Awaken! Show review 11/4

Postby ericwise » Wed Nov 06, 2002 12:22 am

Thank you Yes for another amazing evening of music, all considered it was a fabulous collaboration of the five musicians putting on a sick, intense show, from start to finish. I asked for the FortWayne setlist on Yesfans, and that's bascially what we got! I was entering the arena to the Firebird Suite, and I quickly got things rolling and I ran to my seat in the 6th row.

I must admit the tempo Steve took for the first notes of Siberian sounded a bit slow, but when the band came in Alan kept the tempo up and kicking, to where Steve delivered a monster solo at the end. Magnification was real good, I was glad to have given that song a bunch of listens as I drove in to the show that day; then the segue into DKTW was a bit weird, and the song itself grooved, but then Alan went for the ending early and it was a bit disjointed. Getting 2 new songs out of the first four was a bit strange, but In the Presence Of is a nice song and seems to be developing nicely, the more they play it; Rick wore his glasses for both new songs, however he sung the lyrics to himself amusingly as that song went along. Then they got real serious with We Have> South Side, that rocked heavily and Steve took a bit longer solo at the end before he and Rick traded, very intense; nice guys.

No recorded intro for Close to the Edge, they just slam right into it; it was well-played. The I get up part was awesome, Fishy's pedals shook the Pepsi Arena foundation, Rick played that part as only he can and then they brought that one home nicely, with the bit of improv at the end.

For his acoustic solo Steve played something first that I didn't know, and then said he would play, "What you all want me to play, for the youngsters in the audience." And he gave us only the second Clap, played this tour (the first one was Saturday I believe). I've never seen him speak to the audience about what song he might play, that was really animated.

After intermission, Anderson's song, was beautiful; I was almost in tears. Then comes Rick, with most of his classic solo lines from Yessongs in there after a bit of the Six Wives. Heart of the Sunrise was yet another smoker, with Long Distance>The Fish to follow. Squire worked out in both HOTS and his solo song, lots tasty licks and more intense jamming; however he left off the Soundchaser part but ended that one just like on the first leg of the tour.

Then came my dream come true; Awaken from the 7th row (I had to move back to Squire's side of the stage after getting moved over to Steve's side during CTTE). And they delivered, and didn't dissapoint with that one, blowing everyone's mind; I figured they didn't have enough time to play it Saturday night in Wallingford, and that it hadn't been dropped, but I was still nervous all day that they might not do it. So when I heard Rick warming up on that one I had to try hard to contain my excitement. I also want to thank the guy next to me who chose the beginning of the harp section to tell his friend about Keys to Ascension, in a fairly loud speaking voice; you're immortalized on my tape, dude.

They didn't sell the 200 level seats, I'd say the place was maybe a bit over half full, they only put seats on half the floor (which was packed), and the mezz section was about half full, but everyone was up and dancing for the first encore, Roundabout, then I saw Steve tuning up after and knew we'd get Starship Trooper to finish off. Thanks so much, guys for putting that one at the end, it was the best version I've ever seen, with Chris, then Rick and finally Steve laying down their solos and the doubletime drum-part during the end of wurm (just like '78-'79), with devastating basspedals, punctuating the chord changes. Awesome. The lights and effects seemed a bit more emphasized this leg, I still have my eyes closed for a lot of the more intense moments, anyway.

I also RCHM on the 1st leg, and I must say that a sold out theatre with people completely losing it has a bit higher energy than them playing to a 3/5's full big arena having a lot more space to fill. I also prefer RSOG to CTTE, (though I knew that replacement would probably happen), because when they play it you just can't believe that they are doing it and that alone made the first leg setlist a bit more of the diehard-fan-type show, than this one was, but the show still smoked and blew my gaskets like they always do. Also the new songs seemed to work better with both of them, in the 1st set. Thank you guys for coming to play for us, we LOVE YOU!! Hope to see you guys again soon, perhaps with some new songs. Thank you God, for Yes. May God bless them.
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Postby Xanadu2 » Wed Nov 06, 2002 12:39 am

"I also want to thank the guy next to me who chose the beginning of the harp section to tell his friend about Keys to Ascension, in a fairly loud speaking voice; you're immortalized on my tape, dude."

heh. The Taper's Bane. I've often wondered why people would pay $80 to talk to each other for 2 hours... <img src=pix/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle>

How'd the tape come out? Analog, DAT or MiniDisc?
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Postby ericwise » Wed Nov 06, 2002 1:44 am

You're probably gonna say ouch, but it's on minidisc, and it came out very nice, one of the best boots I've ever heard. I may need to eq it to bring out the vocals a bit, becuase being that close the band overpowered the vocals just a hair, in spots; and the group singing during popular songs can get annoying, but it's not too bad. Everyone that I sat near during the first set were real nice and quiet
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Postby Xanadu2 » Wed Nov 06, 2002 2:00 am

I wouldn't say "owch" at all, I've heard some nice MD recordings. Of course, it has more to do with the mics you use than the medium; I've heard some really crappy DATs in my day.

I love the screams and whistles and crowd noise, I just HATE when it's right in my ear or, worse, right in my mic. <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Postby HeartOfTheSunrise » Wed Nov 06, 2002 11:16 am

thanks eric for a nice review
i knew i shouldn't have read the concert thread, (kicking myself for being too lazy to drive up to albany on a monday)

one thing eric, you said in your reveiw, i think, that they played Close instead of Revealing

i think at radio city they played Both CTTE and RSOG

i wrote the set list down - it's somewhere
and it's also in my reveiw of that concert (early august)

YES is just such a joy, always

lifts me up
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Postby ericwise » Wed Nov 06, 2002 11:49 pm

Glad to see that my review was enjoyed, but I have to make a point of clarification: at Radio City this summer they didn't play CTTE, I have a recording of the show and I have a good memory for such things as this; CTTE was not played at any show during the first leg of the 2002 tour, to my knowledge. A bunch of us called the 2nd leg CTTE replacement of RSOG on here and on yesfans; they did the same thing in '97-'98, so there was some Yeshistory to draw that prediction from.
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Postby MOONWEED » Thu Nov 07, 2002 4:01 am

Just wanted to say that this was my 45th yesshow and it was the most fun I've ever had at a yesshow!!!I left my second row seat and danced with my wife and about 20 friends behind the floor seats to the most highly energized yesshow I've ever seen.Steve was on fire!!!I finaly got my Yesshow that I could see,hear,and dance at,boy was it fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby MOONWEED » Thu Nov 07, 2002 6:00 am

Just a few more points.The end of SSOTS was blistering,it's the first time I've heard the howe/wakeman jam mixed right and it seemed longer.The first half of CTTE was the best I've ever heard,and I've seen 17 of them.Steve nailed that first note of his wurm solo so hard it made me laugh maniacly(sp),I've never heard it smoke like that,it was like he wound for 10 minutes before he hit it.Best climax of awaken I've ever heard,what more can I say,of my 45 yesshows this was,if not the best,certainly had the most energy and was absolutly the most fun.they can miss all the cues they want,if they play with that much energy I'll see them another 45 times!!!!!!!!
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