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Friday, 27 March 2015

Yes Concert Reviews: 8/8/02

Here is another addition to my series of Yes music posts.  I started this series hereand you can read the others here.
I saw the progressive rock band Yes play at Tweeter Center (currently known as the Susquehanna Bank Center) in Camden, New Jersey on August 8, 2002 during the first part of their Full Circle Tour.  You can read more about this show here.
This show was a very special one for me as it was the firs time I had the privilege of seeing Yes’ “classic line up” live.  In 1995, the “’80’s Yes” lineup (also known as “YesWest”), with Trevor Rabin as the guitarist, broke up.  This made it possible for the classic line up (listed below) to reform in 1996 and perform and record the Keys to Ascension shows and albums.  Unfortunately, due to internal politics and scheduling issues, the tour Yes was unable to scheduled a tour in 1997 with Rick Wakeman in support of Keys to Ascension.  There was a lot of press and public appearances (including on mainstream television) that went along with the reformation of the classic line up.  After all the hoopla from the reformation, Yes really did not want to short circuit their positive publicity by not touring.  The biggest problem was, obviously, that they would be forced to tour with a line up that did not include Rick Wakeman in support of an album that the touring unit did not make.  As a result, Yes had to scramble to form a new line up, this one involving Billy Sherwoodas a multi-instrumentalist band member and Igor Khoroshev as a touring keyboardist, and a hastily make new album, called Open Your Eyes, consisting of material culled mostly from a Chris Squire / Billy Sherwood project, to support on a tour in 1997.

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