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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Yes makes a case for Rock Hall enshrinement with time-capsule Rocksino show (review)

NORTHFIELD, Ohio – The guy across the aisle at Wednesday night's Yes concert grabbed me by the shoulder as the band left the stage after playing the entire album "Fragile'' and asked the question:

"How can these guys be doing this for 45 years and NOT be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?'' he wondered with adrenaline-fueled incredulity.
How indeed?

Steve HoweChris SquireAlan White and Geoff Downes have been putting the prog in prog rock for decades, and doing it better than just about anyone else. And even with Jon Davison, a mostly passable substitute (but only a substitute) for original vocalist Jon Anderson, they're STILL doing it as well as anyone and better than most, much to the delight of a sold-out Hard Rock Rocksino.

Sometimes – at 57 – I wonder if the adage that age is just a number is mere wishful thinking.
Then I get to hear Howe, 67, turn his fingers into blurs as he flies up and down the necks of multiple guitars and lap steels in a single song, bending strings into different sonic ZIP codes. "Siberian Khatru,'' the opening tune (they did "Close to the Edge" in reverse order, then two new songs, then followed with "Fragile,'' also in its entirety) was a primer in coaxing sounds out of stringed instruments.

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