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Jon singing Drama?

Post: # 409Post Astral traveller
Fri Feb 08, 2002 7:05 am

In a recent interview with Alan White in IO pages(dutch Progressive rock magazine), There is mentioned that Alan and Jon talked about the Drama-erea. Jon said to Alan that he's got no problem singing the songs from Drama in live concert. Alan continued: 'We will maybe in the future add Tempus Fugit in the live set.' To me that is good news, but I can imagine that some of you think not.
Two questions here: Jon singing Drama or not
Tempus fugit or another song

PS. Machine messiah would be great too

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Post: # 10805Post sound_chaser
Fri Feb 08, 2002 7:25 am

I'd love to hear Jon singing some of the Drama songs, particuarly Machine Messiah, Into The Lens and Tempus Fugit. Trevor Horn, did an admirable job, but it's high time those songs were Jon treatment!

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Post: # 10806Post chromatic88
Fri Feb 08, 2002 7:31 am

I've often thought Tempus Fugit was a catchy tune - one that should have been a hit.

What would be cool to see them do is release a single, a newly recorded version with Jon on vocals (and Trevor Horn producing and doing some backgrounds). Then, definitely, do it in concert.

This is the only Drama song I would like to hear in concert - not that I dislike the album, I actually really like it, but I think this song, particularly, would fit Jon's voice really well.

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Post: # 10808Post sound_chaser
Fri Feb 08, 2002 7:34 am

Oh I'd love to see and hear Steve playing guitar on Machine Messiah. That would be amazing!

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Post: # 10813Post Bill
Fri Feb 08, 2002 7:55 am

WAHOO!!! YOWZA!!! BITCHIN'!!!!!

Tempus Fugit would be the #1 Choice

Does It Really Happen would be #2

Machine Messiah #3 but very desirable nonetheless

I really do not care if I hear Run Through the Light or Into the Lens. Might be fun to hear White Car: it is only a minute and change.

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Post: # 10824Post IngnoZac
Fri Feb 08, 2002 10:37 am

I posted something like this here, but it's been a long time now and some of you probably weren't here:

<font color=red>Howe said that Anderson had agreed to sing "Tempus Fugit" and that they had rehearsed the piece, but there is no indication as to whether it will ever make it into a set.

In the Nov interview, White said: "actually Jon has said he wouldn't mind singing something from [Drama]. Well... "Tempus Fugit" and all the other songs are great to play on stage, and you know that we played them when there was Trevor Horn. So who knows, Jon said it would be fine to sing something..." </font id=red>

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Fri Feb 08, 2002 11:17 am

<font color=red>Drama, IMHO, was a truly great effort and I think Mr. Anderson owes it to his devout following to significantly enhance the quality of "Tempus Fugit" ( and possibly others )by lending his pipes to the lead voice. I await this possibility with an eagerness that defies description!</font id=red><img src=pix/icon_smile_blackeye.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Post: # 10832Post Regeroo
Fri Feb 08, 2002 11:55 am

Was just wondering how many of us saw the Drama tour? In another topic I made reference to the gig I saw at Brighton UK. I actually think the songs on Drama would have sounded really good if Jon was singing. It was painful to watch Trevor Horn struggling to hit some notes without the aid of studio back up. I know Jon's voice sometimes doesn't make it, but his presence on stage alongside Steve, Chris & Alan, makes you forget the odd bummed note. Machine Messiah is the one song to spring to mind that cried out for the Anderson treatment.
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Post: # 10833Post yesfan37
Fri Feb 08, 2002 12:21 pm

I've always liked the album But would love to hear what Jon would do with it!

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Post: # 10836Post RanCan2112
Fri Feb 08, 2002 12:59 pm

When I was young and stupid..and before I knew the whole history of lineup changes that is Yes, I thought Jon <i>did</i> sing Tempus Fugit..
That'd be cool to hear, it'd be a nice change to hear something from that album.

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Fri Feb 08, 2002 1:05 pm

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<b>RanCan2112 wrote:</b>
When I was young and stupid..and before I knew the whole history of lineup changes that is Yes, I thought Jon <i>did</i> sing Tempus Fugit..
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Interesting, I, too, once thought it was Jon singing Drama. This was back in the early 90s, after I discovered Yes, and before I really investigated them as far as works and members. The voice is strikingly similar.

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Post: # 10866Post Dr_Yes
Fri Feb 08, 2002 7:08 pm

I sent a speculative 'Ask Jon' email to his new web site asking politely how Jon felt about Trevor Horn's efforts. I'd read previously somewhere that Anderson 'didn't feel that Drama was a Yes album'. I just inquired whether he felt that Trevor did a good job or not and if he ever said that. Sadly I've not heard any more, though I'd be interested to know.

P.S. I think Trevor Horn was great on Drama, but as I said in an earlier thread, he struggled on the bootlegs I've got of the Drama Tour and that was with them changing the key on Starship Trooper - and maybe others too.

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Post: # 10872Post yesfan37
Fri Feb 08, 2002 8:12 pm

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<b>Dr_Yes wrote:</b>


P.S. I think Trevor Horn was great on Drama, but as I said in an earlier thread, he struggled on the bootlegs I've got of the Drama Tour and that was with them changing the key on Starship Trooper - and maybe others too.
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I think Horn works better as a producer behind the sence instead of in front of the mike.
But you gotta admit the guys got major balls to even think about filling Jon's shoes!

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Post: # 10873Post Dr_Yes
Fri Feb 08, 2002 8:22 pm

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<b>yesfan37 wrote:</b>
I think Horn works better as a producer behind the sence instead of in front of the mike.
But you gotta admit the guys got major balls to even think about filling Jon's shoes!
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Oh definitely. Don't get me wrong I admire the man greatly for what he did. I am glad that the US audiences were much more understanding of his efforts for Yes than the UK ones that shouted obscenities at him. My heart bleeds when I hear him struggling so hard on And You And I and Yours is no Disgrace - he's giving it everything. You know what it's like when you've performed live yourself and think thank god that's not me up there.

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Post: # 10889Post Bill
Sat Feb 09, 2002 1:28 am

I have never heard Horn live, but I think he sounds just fine on the studio tracks. Thing is, the Drama songs were written with his range in mind. Horn is a baritone, not a high tenor. The problem with him singing Yes music is not so much a matter of talent (though I do prefer Jon) as it is a matter of basic biology.

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Post: # 10890Post Dr_Yes
Sat Feb 09, 2002 1:40 am

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<b>Bill wrote:</b>
The problem with him singing Yes music is not so much a matter of talent (though I do prefer Jon) as it is a matter of basic biology.
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Coupled with an extremely imposing bass player - often likened to a stampeding elephant when on stage - 'convincing' him that he could do it, when the poor guy probably realised he couldn't.

I agree about Drama. Bearing in mind I started listening to the band in 1978 I am sure that it was the first new release I ever bought. I played it to death and am fond of Machine Messiah and Tempus Fugit in particular.

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Post: # 10891Post Seryn
Sat Feb 09, 2002 2:01 am

Renato, I remember this topic being approached once before. That's why I don't have a lot of hope for it happening. Yes keeps talking about doing some Drama stuff with Jon but it doesn't happen! But if it would happen it would be GREAT! I always thought the only thing Drama was missing was Jon. NO disrespect to Horn...not at all. He did a good job, but I'll always be loyal to Jon's absolutely wonderful voice...I've even styled my own voice after his! I think that Tempus Fugit would be the hands down choice, but I would like to see Howe do Machine Messiah...It was still a few months before I would be born when they did Drama live!

I have to disagree with whoever said Jon doesn't get his notes sometimes. If he hits bad notes, I've never heard it! He changes the exact notes he hits, but they've never been bad! He is amazing in concert!!!!! I know it is very difficult to hear yourself in a live show...I've had to do it before. That's why so many bands have to stick to studio work. I think one of the big reasons Yes gets so much respect is that they can redo a song so perfectly live!!! And the songs aren't your three chord protest songs! Quite the contrary. No...maybe I'm biased...but Yes is the best band in live shows...and everything else musical!!!!

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Post: # 10925Post sound_chaser
Sat Feb 09, 2002 8:18 am

Regeroo, in answer to your question, I saw the Drama tour at Southampton Gaumant and apart from Trevor struggling with the Jon songs, it was a great show. For some reason though, at one point, Steve was chasing Trevor around the stage, trying to give him a kick up the backside! All in good fun though.

Apparently, Tempus Fugit, was inspired by Yes producer, Eddie Offord. I remember Trevor telling the audience before the song, that whenever there was a lull in recording, Offord, mindful of the cost of studio time, would clap his hands and say, "Come on lads, Tempus Fugit!" So that’s the second time Offord’s been the inspiration of a song, after E.L.P,s Are You Ready Eddie, from Tarkus.

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Post: # 10934Post Regeroo
Sat Feb 09, 2002 10:11 am

Good memories Chaser, I didn't mention also that at the Brighton gig,a few hecklers were getting at Geoff Downes ( along the lines of him not being Rick!). I seem to remember a reply to "f*** off" from Downes at one point! spoilt my first ever Yes show a bit I can tell you, but it never put me off them..

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Post: # 10964Post yeskat
Sat Feb 09, 2002 4:55 pm

"Drama" is a great album; but in my eyes not really a YES album. I love the music and always wished it would have been Jon's voice on there. I would love to see just about anything on it done live by Jon, especially Tempus Fugit!

I always felt sorry for Trevor Horn getting booed by the UK audiences on tour. I think he deserves a lot of credit and is a truly talented artist in many ways!

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Post: # 11004Post WURM
Sun Feb 10, 2002 3:00 pm

I have to say I didn't like Drama at first without Jon and Rick.
But what this album did was to really allow Steve and Chris to work more closely together. This album has some of the best guitar and bass work YES has even done. Machine Messiah would be my first choice and Tempus Fugit second. To hear Jon or Chris sing these live would be awesome. I hope they do it.

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Fri Feb 15, 2002 4:33 am

I think Jon would do a GREAT job on Tempus Fugit. It's always sounded to me like it was written with him in mind.

But you know who should do a better job on Machine Messiah and the happen song (I adamantly REFUSE to say the name wrong again) would be ... CHRIS!

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Wouldn't it be amazing hearing Jon singing that?

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Post: # 11420Post IngnoZac
Fri Feb 15, 2002 4:45 am

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<b>perpetualchanger wrote:</b>
I adamantly REFUSE to say the name wrong again<hr height=1 noshade id=quote></font id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote>

Why is that Michele? <img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Fri Feb 15, 2002 5:17 am

Because I love you, my dear friend Renato, and all the other people who always catch me when I FUBAR lyrics/song titles/life in general, and I can't bear to offend you once again on this, a day for lovers. <img src=pix/luv1.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Post: # 11431Post fragilesi
Fri Feb 15, 2002 5:40 am

The way I heard it Trevor was strugglinh with a cold or something for at least part of the UK tour and so the UK audiences never did see the best of him.

I'd love to see them do a few off Drama, including MM and Tempus Fugit, maybe they could do a medley<img src=pix/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle>!

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Post: # 11438Post IngnoZac
Fri Feb 15, 2002 6:54 am

ooh... Does that really happen? <img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Post: # 11439Post IngnoZac
Fri Feb 15, 2002 6:59 am

Oooh.. does <b>that</b> really happen? <img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Fri Feb 15, 2002 1:51 pm

Renato, you're killin' me ovah heah! (That's New Yorkese for I'm embarrassed that I can't ever remember the name of the damn song but you can!)

Hey Ed, I used another cuss word!

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