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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Music review: After all these years, Yes they can

Ageless: Today's Yes lineup.
Ageless: Today's Yes lineup.



For a band that was born in 1968, and which has had several deaths and rebirths over the decades, the Yes who performed at the Palais sounded magnificently alive, with possibilities of continuing into infinity, or at least as long as time will allow ageing bones to play.

On Tuesday night, performing to the faithful in a theatre sadly not full, the years fell away. Yes played two of their classic albums, beginning with Close to the Edge and then Fragile, interspersed with two cuts from their latest CD, Heaven and Earth. They sent everyone home happy and singing I've Seen All Good People from The Yes Album of 43 years ago. It was all magical.

The concert began as a video montage of the band in its early years and in its heyday, when it played to thousands; the album catalogue coming in and out of view to a musical backdrop of Stravinsky. And then the latest incarnation of Yes – Steve Howe, 67; Alan White, 65; Chris Squire, 66; Geoff Downes, 62; and the upstart Jon Davison, only in his 40s (four with white hair and the latter still unravaged) – walked on stage and blew away any fears of an off-key night.


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