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Saturday, 9 March 2013

THE FIRST REVIEW WE HAVE SEEN OF THE NEW YES TOUR


Charles Epting
Late last year, it was announced that the iconic, Grammy-winning band Yes would hit the road to present three of their classic albums in their entirety. Yes, after many lineup changes over the years, is now comprised of guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes, drummer Alan White, bassist Chris Squire and newcomer vocalist Jon Davison. They would be performing Close to the Edge, Going For The One and The Yes Album. The tour would mark the very first time the band had performed an album in its entirety since 1973.

Last night (March 6), at the tour's fourth stop, in downtown Los Angeles at the historic Orpheum Theatre, Yes demonstrated why they remain one of the most vaunted and respected musical forces in progressive rock among both fans and players alike. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame may not feel a need to acknowledgethis seminal group, but judging from the emotion and positive energy from the sold-out house, the legions of Yes lovers don't care about awards and stuffy critic accolades. What they do care about is soaring, intricate, timeless music that transports the listener into another time and space.

As the lights dimmed and the strains of "The Firebird Suite" filled the theater just after 8 p.m., the band members stepped into place and the journey began with a full reading of 1972's Close to the Edge. The last album to feature original drummer Bill Bruford, the title track of the record was inspired by Hermann Hess's book, Siddhartha.

Charles Epting


Singer Jon Davison, now a year into his role as front man (he replaced Benoit David) demonstrated from the outset that he is more than up to the task. Evoking the pitch and range of original singer Jon Anderson, Davison, who once spent time in a Yes tribute band, seemed comfortable, earnest and a little in awe of the music himself (his childhood pal, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, was also in the house).



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