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best tour of the last 15 years

Post: # 110608Post NumberNine
Tue Nov 11, 2008 4:57 pm

What was the best tour of the last 15 years to you?

To me it was the open your eyes tour back in 1997/1998. Symphonic was great, they played gates with an orchestra! Masterworks was kind of lala, the comeback of rick and the full circle tour was great too. the 35th aniversary tour with the accousic set was fun but when i listen to recordings of the open your eyes tour and when i think back seeing them in 1997 i always think, wow, they sound like studio. i think the band was quite together these days after doing the st louis shows and recording keystudio. Igor was just great at the keyboards.

When i saw them live and listened to the revealing science it was just a wow-moment.

My second fav was symphonic live. I remember all the candles and the beatles song they played because Harrisson died.

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Re: best tour of the last 15 years

Post: # 110611Post Lyth
Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:23 pm

Best tour?


Watching them do 'Close to The Edge, 'Gates' (especially 'Gates'!!!) and 'Ritual' with the orchestra was something that will always stay with me.

For atmosphere though, it has to be the Open Your Eyes Tour - after 7 years without Yes in the UK the band and crowd were so up for it at the gigs I went to.

As regards performance - that night in Liverpool back in 2003 still remains one of the greatest gigs that I have ever had the honour of witnessing.

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Post: # 110619Post topographic_drama1980
Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:16 am

Well, this current tour that's going on now is the only I've ever been to, so far, so I can't really answer to much with the exception of this tour being very outstanding so far, regardless of who's in the band.
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Re: best tour of the last 15 years

Post: # 110622Post Relayer
Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:32 am

This may not be the popular answer but none the less I would say Talk, the musicananship,
and the Songwriting from that album and tour, is to me hands down supperior to anything the band has done since, the only other tour in the past 15 years that I feel needs mentioning would the Masterworks tour.

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Re: best tour of the last 15 years

Post: # 110624Post yesman90125
Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:16 am

Talk/the Ladder,Symphonic, and 2002 were all equally great

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Post: # 110631Post sound_chaser
Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:36 am

I was lucky enough to see the Open Your Eyes, The Ladder and Magnification tours. All great, of course and I’m not sure I could choose a favourite. I remember on The Ladder tour, the band opened with Yours Is No Disgrace and I was on such a high on that, that I would gladly have gone home after and thought I had had value for money. But to equal that, there was that incredible feeling you get from Awaken. It’s not often I leave a theatre feeling as though I’m walking on air, but I certainly did that night. But then the Magnification tour was so great as well. And I was one of the lucky ones who got to see Gates Of Delirium played as well…and it was astonishing. No, I can’t choose between those two tours.

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Re: best tour of the last 15 years

Post: # 110636Post Chris2210
Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:08 pm

I have very fond memories of the Open Your Eyes tour because it was the first time I ever saw the band live and it was a bit of a (very pleasant) shock that they were so dazzlingly brilliant. Without that expectation it's an experience of a different character. I would say it's a bit like walking through the alleyways of Venice and coming out into St Mark's Square for the very first time - nothing quite prepares you for it.

Once you've gained the expectation the effect is never gooing to be quite the same again. Doesn't stop you going back of course - I'd never now miss a tour in practical range and I usually try to see them twice.

The Symphonic Tour strikes me as amongst the best in more objective terms [I'm not sure if that's entirely possible]. I was absolutely blown away by the performances of In the Presence Of and And You and I in particular.
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Re: best tour of the last 15 years

Post: # 110641Post Terry Shea
Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:19 pm

Hard to judge which tour is best since most of us only get to see 1 or 2 shows per tour (at most). Open Your Eyes was awesome for me as we got front row center tickets right in front of Jon and Chris. Masterworks was also excellent and I got to meet Jon, Chris and Alan. Symphonic was good, but it probably depended on which orchestra you got to hear play with them, and since the musicians only got the music a few hours before the show, I imagine there were a lot of problems. The 35th Anniversary Tour was good, but suffered from a weak set list IMO and Alan's special effect triggered Tom-Tom's didn't work.

I hated the Talk Tour. I believe they played the whole stinking album and if that wasn't bad enough they absolutely ruined classics such as And You And I with Trevor showing the rest of the guys that he was boss, playing all the lead parts and not letting anyone else get any of the spotlight. It seemed like at that time that Trevor was the only official member of Yes and everyone else was relegated to backup musician status.
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Re: best tour of the last 15 years

Post: # 110646Post Ash
Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:35 pm

Symphonic was special, not least for the reimagining of Gates and Ritual,
I didn't attend the 35th Anniversary shows, too expensive, too difficult travelling if you don't drive (I don't), and I don't like arenas.
2003/Full Circle was a bit flat for me, too long and they got real tired-sounding. Open Your Eyes was a wild return and a celebration of everything Yesinness. Masterworks didn't cross the pond, but I have a recording from it (Holmdel), and that sounds great.

Nothing from the last 15 years measures up to the Relayer Tour, however glad I am that they are still around and performing.

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Re: best tour of the last 15 years

Post: # 110667Post Tomfoolery
Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:55 pm

I've been a fan since 1974, but the first time I ever got to see them live was 1998 (the second leg of the "Open Your Eyes" tour), and I have to agree with Chris2210 - NOTHING beats your first time. My (now ex) wife told me I was like a little kid, sitting on the edge of my seat with this HUGE grin pasted on my face and a HUGE glitter in my eye.... and I haven't missed a tour since. I hate to say I may have to miss this one, though. I'd REALLY like to go, but I just can't afford it.....

However, I have to say, Yes Symphonic was AMAZING. I've been ruined for Gates now... seeing it live (Relayer is my favorite Yes album and Gates my favorite tune on the album) with the orchestra backing up the band was absolutely incredible, and even though I appreciate it as it is on Relayer as well as the way I've seen it performed other times WITHOUT the orchestra, that version is still the best I've ever heard.
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Re: best tour of the last 15 years

Post: # 114199Post shedend
Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:03 pm

My overall favourite has to go to the Symphonic tour with the orchestra doing Gates and Ritual, before that I actually like the Union tour, OK everyone was trying to out play everyone else and at Wembley where I saw it the mix and sound system didn't sound quite right but it was YES music in the Raw.
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Re: best tour of the last 15 years

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Re: best tour of the last 15 years

Post: # 114204Post the greenman
Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:49 pm

Tend to agree that the Symphonic Tour was great, with the orchestral version of Gates. I enjoyed the OYE tour, cos it was a long time since we'd seen them live in the UK..

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Post: # 114412Post thehallway
Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:19 pm

shedend wrote:...the Union tour, OK everyone was trying to out play everyone else...

Have to agree with you on that. Especially Rabin and Howe.

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Re: best tour of the last 15 years

Post: # 114454Post tardistraveler
Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:19 pm

I'm torn between the 2002 and 2004 tours . . . both of those were very special to me . . . :)

During these years, I missed The Ladder tour, and Symphonic, although the DVD of Symphonic is amazing, and is darned close to actually BEING at a live show!

Although I enjoyed the other tours - Talk, OYE, Masterworks, those later shows just hit a chord with me . . . I'll go back and see if I can find my reviews of those . . .

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