...of all of the negativity coming from a lot of these so-called "fans." They go and see the band play and they piss and moan because Jon is not there. They're never hesitant to pick them apart piece by piece and I'm afraid of this bringing the band down. These purists seem so shocked that Jon's not in the band and won't be touring with them at all. Are these people stupid or just plain blind to the fact that Jon is not in the band anymore? Most of these fans have the internet, so they should know by now that neither Jon nor Rick are in Yes anymore. This line-up is Yes now, fucking deal with it or just don't listen to them or go see them perform!!!
While it is a shame that Jon can't tour with the band anymore due to his health restrictions (come on, he's 65 years old, no spring chicken anymore), this is the next best thing with this line-up. Both Benoit and Oliver are doing a magnificent job and they don't deserve all the shit that's being slung their way. I do love Jon and his voice and most everything he's brought to the band, same thing with Rick, but they both can't do any big tours anymore. What's the band supposed to do, just stay home and not do anything at all?! I'd much rather see this version of Yes than no Yes at all. I know a lot of folks are upset with the fact that the HSW introducing BD & OW tag is no longer applied and that this is now YES. Either accept it or don't. I guess you can pretty much toss the concept of the band being bigger than the sum of its parts out the window, as regards to these whiners. Why do they continue to go see the band play? It would seem like a waste of time and money. Hell, this line-up has done some of the best performances to come from under the Yes banner in many years and they were also able to play some songs that they otherwise wouldn't be able to play with Jon, especially "Machine Messiah" and "Tempus Fugit."
When I saw Yes for the first time in November of '08, I was simply amazed at how well the band played, especially Steve, who was a total monster. I was ready to see if he would turn into the Incredible Hulk, for God's sake! Also, I actually got to hear "Close To The Edge" performed live and it really rivaled its studio counterpart. They actually sped it up for a change and played just a bit faster than the original version. Steve was also able to achieve the same exact guitar sound that he'd originally done, which, imho, was impressive. The show was excellent aside from a few minor flubs (hey, no show is 100% perfect) and they really entertained and delivered such satisfying results.
It's not just the touring aspect for these people, it's the line-up, period. I'm sorry to people who feel differently than I do. It's your choice whether to continue supporting the band and going to the shows. Nobody is twisting your arm or forcing you at gunpoint. Bottom line: if you don't like this line-up, then just don't support them anymore and just go see some other band or artist! Sorry if I came off sounding like a prick, but I felt I had to let my opinion out there. If you agree with me, fine. If not, then fine.