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Akron



Akron

Postby jackalz » Sun Nov 17, 2002 4:14 am

Well, I did it. I took off from work around 3pm yesterday afternoon journeyed across Ohio to enjoy the show. That's it in a nutshell.


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At work things were going fairly slow I was caught up until about noon, when three things fell in to my to do list. So I started to tell my mind that it just might not happen. No big deal, the weather for travel wasn't supposed to be very good, the four hour (if traffic behaves well) one way trip to see a show I just saw in Columbus less than two weeks ago, no big deal.... shit. So 1pm, 2pm goes by and there's still a chance, but tying up the loose ends was running into snags, but I REALLY wanted to go, so I did my best and hopefully that was good enough. So I'm out of the parking lot at 2:50, and traffic in Cincy is heavy but not too bad, the rain is on and off which is a little bit of a hassle because I have to keep re-adjusting the windshield wipers. So I get through Cincy and can push the speed limit a little, but still traffic dictated that I keep within 10 MPH of the limit. Getting to Columbus at rush hour was the issue. I decided to take the bypass, which is the way the MapQuest directions suggested. So I breezed through the bypass, until the last exit, which took me about twenty minutes to go 2 miles, arrrgh, but I did have about that much leeway to get to the show on time. Traffic remained heavy, and now it was dark, the rain continued to fluctuate, adjusting the wipers was a fulltime job. But I got to Akron and following the directions was very tense. The directions looked so simple and according to them I was going to be ten minutes early. So I followed them and after I was about a half mile passed where the event was supposed to take place, I go to the convenient store for direction-tweaking. Well, I'm asking for directions and another Yes fan is in the same boat, with some internet map in his hand, hoping to find the Akron Civic Theatre. We get "clear" directions confirmed by two people. So we take off, I follow him and he goes the same way I would go, but no, we have to pull off for more directions. We're closer but still more complicated directions. Some how we lost each other this time, but the directions were weird to the terrain and one time I had to cut across several lanes very slowly to get the Main St exit, luckily no cars were behind me. So I get off on Main St and I'm thinking I must be close, but I have to make a decision which way to turn. So I go right and after a mile, I stop at another grocery store to get directions and another Yes fan was in there doing the same thing, they say to turn around and stay on Main but it detours. So I started following them, then because of the detours and just the way Akron is, I got in front of them, then behind them again and after a couple miles, I think this place just doesn't exist. But we slowly looking in every direction while trying to stay on Main, then I check to make sure we are on Main, but we're not, we're on Broadway. God dammit! We keep going what else is there to do, there were no stores to ask directions. Eventually, we come to Main St right turn only. So we take it, thinking it's probably the other way. Anyway about another half mile and they is a building that says CIVIC, but that's all, but there is a lot of middle aged people walking towards it, and one confirms that that is the place. Now all I had to do was find parking. Maybe that wasn't too hard, but it was harder than I wanted. So I did, then I start running for the Theatre in the cold rain. I assumed I was late, but at least the hard part was over. The run loosened me up and got the blood flowing again. So I'm in line to get a ticket and the scalpers were right there in the line. But it's hard to scalp at a Yes show, they were discounting at that point, so I got an orchestra seat 12th row for 6 bucks less than price, plus I didn't have to wait in line. I get in and the concert hasn't started I find my seat waaaaaaaaaay left. I don't like it. I had to go pee anyway. So on my way back and the Firebird Suite starts, I check the distant balcony and there's hardly anyone up there. <img src=pix/icon_yes_idr.gif border=0 align=middle>

The show was terrific, equally as good as the Columbus show, which was the best ever. I love Yes.

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Postby jackalz » Sun Nov 17, 2002 4:22 am

Oops, I forgot to mention the Theatre. The Akron Civic Theatre had just reopened after a couple of years millions of dollars renovation. I didn't notice it until intermission. Because Yes was what I came for. During intermission, the lights came on and what an amazing Theatre. Like the Yes portion of this review, words don't do it justice. Awesome, awesome, awesome. During the intermission and after the show I took time to check out the detail. WOW. Sorry I can't explain it for you.
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Postby jackalz » Sun Nov 17, 2002 11:39 am

Here's the Yes review as told to a childhood buddy, whom I've just started e'mailing.

Yeah, I need a job where I can follow the tour. They put on an incredible show, but it’s mostly because of the music. The visuals are subtle, like a pastel tye-dye in motion, with an occasional blast of light focused on the audience. They play Close to the Edge so well. This year they added South Side of the Sky, from Fragile, which they’ve never done live; and they started SSotS off with We Have Heaven. Like on the album, the WHH jam stops with a slam of a door then footsteps. Then Wakeman piano for SSotS. It was cool.
Steve Howe still has nimble fingers, but he doesn’t play the songs exactly the way they were recorded, he’s constantly improvising. He was playing his solo and part of it was from The Ancient, from Tales of Topographic Oceans and I believe he was expecting Jon to duet with him singing Do the leaves of green stay greener through the autumn, but Jon didn’t come on stage, so Steve yells out “NOW!” a couple of times during the solo. It was hilarious. I’m telling you, the whole show, Steve is cranking out such intricate music changing guitars several times every song.
Chris Squire, though heavy in the midsection, dances all night as he plays. In concert, you can hear so much more his bass and how melodic an influence to the music that it is, and how much virtuosity is there. He soloed too, when they did Long Distance Runaround that led into The Fish. So he did The Fish, but the solo continued to include some incredible riffs from Tempus Fugit from Drama (the only non-Jon album) and then the Silent Wings of Freedom from Tormato, which really is my favorite Chris moment.
Jon’s voice is still strong, and the lyrics are so powerful, but in concert, multi-orgasmic. Plus he’s got his own percussion area for when they go into a non-vocal part of a song. Gongs, and triangle and those bells that all lined up, sticks, a harp (mainly for that middle jam on Awaken from Going for the One) and a bunch of other stuff.
Rick Wakeman is back in the band. And really enjoying himself, jumping around between five (or more, if there were any two-high ensembles) keyboards, set in a circle. I think he had the most sound problems, I was pretty sure he had to improvise on some songs because the sound died on one of the keyboards. I think they fixed that right away though, because he did some righteous solos on that one later. Man, his hands move fast and accurate and with feeling for each song. I was in the balcony so I got a great view of that.
Alan White, also was enjoying himself. He is hard to watch too long because the other guys are so awesome that I had to concentrate on them. But when I did, it was a real treat. He is constantly subtly adding so much to the sound, so many off-count hits to the snare or high-hat, while keeping a beat that energizes the music and the audience; and during the softer moments, of which there are many, he’s integral to creation of the magic.
Jackalz, their new sixth member sang (hey, there wasn’t anybody within six rows of me, and they were off to the side) with such emotion and danced his ass off from the back row of the balcony (not too many witnesses). Hooting between songs, never during. Almost didn’t make it...

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Postby guilddigger » Sun Nov 17, 2002 12:09 pm

<font face='Comic Sans MS'>jack, what a great story! <img src=pix/icon_smile_approve.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Postby eyesoflove1 » Mon Nov 18, 2002 12:17 am

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Hey Jackalz!
I so wish you had sat down stairs with me amd Hubby I was same row but way right there were 8 seats next to me that never filled up.
Had same problem you had finding the place.....which is really sad as hubby went to the University of Akron for 4 years.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
With the exception of where We were sitting I did the exact same things, singing along dancing and having the time of my life. Hubby doesn't understand "OUR" love of Yes, but was patient. Great review, couldnt have doone better myself.
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Postby jackalz » Tue Nov 19, 2002 10:27 pm

I certainly would have tried to arrange a gathering if I knew I was going to be there, but that wasn't the way of the universe for that event. yesmam and I are looking towards the spring for an eastern ohio gathering of yes friends and their loved ones. but who knows what universal events might take place along the way.

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Postby jackalz » Tue Nov 19, 2002 10:36 pm

Thanks guild,

It was a lot like every Yes concert I've gone to. Don't get me started, I might tell you the lo-o-o-o-o-ong story of my first Yes concert.

I don't know about everyone else, but isn't the universe talking a lot louder lately? Saying, "calm down and celebrate the moment with Me".
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Postby Yesmam » Thu Nov 21, 2002 12:14 pm

Great story and review Jack! I just love "in the nick of time" stories!
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Postby guilddigger » Thu Nov 21, 2002 9:02 pm

<font face='Comic Sans MS'>jack, considering how entertaining this story was, i'd love to hear about your first yes concert. maybe there's a new thread in this.</font id='Comic Sans MS'>

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Postby khalpin » Thu Nov 21, 2002 10:49 pm

I just got a boot of this show, audience recording. I'm a bit swamped with trades at the moment, but if anyone wants the show, I'll accept B&Ps.
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Postby jackalz » Fri Nov 22, 2002 1:08 pm

khalpin,I'll try to get some to you this weekend.

guilddigger, I started the Word doc, that will end up telling that story. Coming to a thread near you.

yesmam, I was looking for you there. I hope you are recovering quickly and taking it easy.

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