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This was their last show of this tour, and man did they do a fine job....
The sound was great! The musicians were phenomenal- Jon is 72 and sounded like
he was much younger....
They had videos that reflected their playing, especially on solos....
Great introductions by Jon... They played a version of And You and I that was
tremendous! Played lots of 80's material. Rick did a great solo introducing Awaken.
Glad I got to see the show, may never see these guys ever again... I think this Yes is
better than Steve Howe's Yes.
The Rose was very organized... They will scan you so don't bring any pocket knives or
any excess baggage. I smelled pot at one point so careful bringing you kids or mom.
John from Boston, Massachusetts
UNLIKE MANY OF THESE REVIEWS I WAS ACTUALLY THERE FOR BOSTON
So, how about this: I was actually AT the
Boston show, unlike most of these
reviewers/trolls. Almost full house (10-15
balcony seats left) and great view/sound.
I can't help but notice this band actually
PUSHES itself. Howe finds new ways to play
old material. Sherwood clearly learned a
thing or two about carrying a song from
Squire, and overall the band was clearly
having fun. I saw them a year ago, and if you
don't count the encores they only repeated
two songs in the setlist from the prior tour -
A phenomenal treat to any fan, and much
unlike other bands who just play the same
hits over and over...including the Anderson
I understand why this band had Squire's
blessing. I brought friends who'd never seen
them - They loved it.
A minor detail: Sherwood & Howe definitely
had a grittier tone this time around. Most
welcome, especially on Close to the Edge,
Awaken, and Parallels.
And - good to see Alan White for 4 songs, he
played well. Shame if it's his last round.
Jeff from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I'm blown away at the negative reviews
(Steve Howe yes)i that it was fantastic. But
that's just me. When I saw ARW I thought
Anderson and wakeman we're very strong
but with so much of the show 70s yes Rabin
just not right on the steve Howe stuff. Bass
and drummer felt very much like sidemen.
Billy Sherwood was in such a zone! Great. Jay
schellen awesome. Anyone agree with me?
from Richmond, Virginia
YES STILL ROCKS
We were at first skeptical but as the show went on we
were pleasantly surprised at the great sound and well
engineered show here in the newly improved raceway
amplitheater Although the band has changed over
the years they have managed to maintain that same
plateau that has enabled them to be inducted into
the rock hall of fame. Opening with old faves Close to
the Edge and Parallels they have us a unique blend of
deeper cuts and then bringing out the faves like Heart
of the Sunrise .. after a short break the second set
continued and then they brought out a couple of
older but original guys to sit in including Alan white
(drums) and tony keye (keys) Then they have the
crowd what they wanted with Yours Is No DisgracAnd
Roundabout and then finally Starship Trooper. Who
else can say they have kept a band together for fifty
years Gratis to Steve Howe who did a stellar job on
leadin guitar and just being the leader again Even if
some of the other guys weren’t originally from
David from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
YES - PENNS PEAK
Tough crowd here. This is a band that is still around, in whatever form from the
'60's, how many can say that. Steve Howe - phenomenal. Overall it was great. As
far as the venue, the sound is a little dead at the seats under the floor above.
Other than that beautiful location.
Niuck browning from west milton ohio
Anderson still hits the notes with flawless delivery wakeman is flawless bass player extraordinaire great drummer Rabin i knew was great but god he is an absolute monster guitar player exceeded expectations after all he is replacing the great steve howe he is more of a rocker to howes more ethereal sound but i have to say i felt lucky to see this rare talent playing his tail off first time seeing him as part of yes nice touch when wakeman and rabin walked the aisles playing concert was pure joy with some magical pinch me moments stage was a bit bare by past yes shows but who cares?
OnlyArtemus from Detroit, Michigan
IN RESPONSE TO JOHN FROM BOSTON
In respectful response to John from Boston, most of us weren't reviewing the Boston
show. We were reviewing the DETROIT show, so I'm not sure why you would bring up
that you were ACTUALLY AT the Boston show and that the rest of us were
reviewer/trolls. We were ACTUALLY AT THE DETROIT SHOW, and the main floor was
about 25% empty. I liked the different song choices, which I listed as a positive in my
review. It pains me to not give YES a full five stars, but from what I heard during the
concert, the chatter after the concert, and the reviews on this list, they just didn't earn it.
I'm not "trolling" a band that I've followed for almost 50 years. I'm just giving you my
honest opinion. Sorry.
OnlyArtemus from Detroit, Michigan
I CAME FOR THE NOSTOLGIA
I have been a fan of the band since discovering Jon Anderson on King Crimson's
LIZARD album. I've been to many, many concerts. YES has been my favorite band since
THE YES ALBUM. I count myself lucky to have had a "favorite band" to follow for all
these years. But, I haven't gone to many of the band's recent tours, because they were
starting to embarrass me. Sadly, old age had taken its toll. Last year, I went to see ARW,
and I was THRILLED with the performance! So, when this 50th anniversary tour came
up, I decided to take a chance. It wasn't anywhere near the best of concerts, but it
wasn't the worst YES concert. My more positive review reflects the choice of songs they
played, (there were some pleasant surprises), several of the songs sounded strong, and I
loved the stage set-up. (I can understand why someone would consider that last point
irrelevant.) Jon and Billy may have been the strongest performers out there, which is
kind of sad. That's probably the last concert for me...
Jd from Richmond, Virginia
Hi was at the richmond show and thought it
was ok. Not as good as the National years
ago. Unfortunately during the first set could
not.even hear Howes guitar riffs due to
overplay of the bassist.disapointing. nice to
see Steve talking after Chris' departure.
Ok from Detroit, Michigan
TO THE DUMB ASS'S DUMBASS
I think he was referring to Yes featuring ARW
not Yes with Steve. Dumbass
from Orlando, Florida
YES AT THE PLAZ ORLANDO
Awful! I’m an intermediate long time guitar
player and Howe totally disappointed. He
looked pissed and was no fun. Played 15
songs, 4 oldies. That’s it. Play to your
audience Steve. Singer, bass player, young
drummer and keyboards kept us from leaving.
They were better than Howe. Felt bad for
White last few songs. He should hang it up.
Very disappointed. Save your money, don’t go.
Hapless Moran from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
I saw my first Yes show in 1972 on the CTTE tour and it remains one of
the most memorable concerts of my life. Last night's Yes ft.ARW, not so
much. Jon Anderson ,at 74, is still in good form vocally and is amusing
to watch as he zooms about the stage in slo-mo.
Rick Wakeman,despite his cape,seemed less wizardly at his keyboards,
and the sound system certainly didn't help his cause. He seemed
bored with the whole show.
Rabin was Rabin. Not a real fan of where he took Yes,and for a 50th
anniversary tour,the set list seemed heavily weighted towards
whatever it is one calls his Yes style.
The real standout in this Yes review was bassist Lee Pomeroy who
seemed genuinely pleased to be on stage compared to Mrs. Wakeman
and Rabin. His solo on Heart of the Sunrise was actually the highlight
of the show.
And then there was Awaken. Was that title ironic? I left when Jon
plugged in his little harp and started wafting towards Rick. Think it's
time the name is retired.
Arlan DeHavilland from , New York
NOT FOR YES FANS
Terrible sound. Slightly better for the second half. If you're expecting YES magic you won't find it here. As a huge YES fan since the 70's, this concert was just sad. The biggest disappointment was, as usual, Geoff Downs. He simply will not or can not learn the Wakeman parts. Surrounded by $50,000 of equipment, I didn't hear one decent sound. The keyboard player in my band can play rings around this guy. Jon Davidsons vocals were as close to Andersons as one might get. Billy Sherwood played well...those are big shoes to fill. The tour drummer was excellent however Alan White, just after back surgery, played the last few songs...should have stayed home and rested. Just can't recommend this tour. Steve Howe can't pull it off alone. Perhaps the Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman version of YES has some surprizes.
Wysfam from Grand Rapids, Michigan
PLAY THE HITS
90 minutes in and no hits, sorry but for 50
Year nostalgic concert, you played what you
wanted, not what the crowd wanted to hear.
So disappointed, left early and played Spotify
YES on the way home
So from San Jose, California
DO NOT RECOMMEND
1st half was a long and poor quality of sounds with absolutely no way
of hearing the lyrics. 2nd half slightly better with return of 2 original
members that quieted things down & gave you a sense of music rather
than muddied loud noise. Sorry Yes. I was really looking forward to
Philly Pete from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
YES - FILLMORE PHILADELPHIA
This band (in the name of Yes) needs to stop touring. This was worse than going to see a
tribute band. At least with a tribute band, everyone understands /accepts what their
With the exception of Steve Howe, the rest of the band members had nothing to do with
the creation, development, and influence over the music this band is credited for in the
60s, 70s and early 80s.
A complete rip-off.
Baxter from Detroit, Michigan
NO AT THE FOX
performance was a disgrace. So bad we left at
intermission. The band should have refunded the
ticket price. Should have known when I saw 3000
unsold tickets the day of the concert on ticketmaster.
Chris from Detroit, Michigan
WASTE OF MONEY
This is not yes, very poor performance and
wast of time. and money. What a joke
obviously on me for paying to see this fiasco,
RAB from Temecula, California
This was not Yes. This was Steve Howe playing what he wanted to play regardless of
what the paying customer would likely want to hear. Sound mix was extremely
poor. Bass and keyboard players were both good. But frankly I have heard a few bar
bands play Yes better. Obviously, these were older players that have lost more than
a step. Disappointing as I have seen a number of 70s bands that were as good or
better they were back when. I suspect this tour was economically motivated
because it sure wasn't for the art.
KMD from Seattle, Washington
COVER BAND AT BEST
Really disappointing - Off beat, out of tune and a bit sad. Love to attend 4+ concerts at the
winery each season and always have a good time - regardless of the "music."
Mark from Seattle, Washington
TO THE DUMBASS ABOVE
No, Jon Anderson is no longer with them and has not been for years. Jon Davison is an
average replacement, at best; no Alan until the end (Jay Schellen is primary drummer),
no Rabin/Wakeman - this is Howe/Downes and Billy Sherwood. Replacement-level
Bdbc from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
YES - PITTSBURGH
We thought the Jon Anderson concert in Pittsburgh was great. Very entertaining and great mix of old and new songs. Jon's voice is still great and he obviously has a great time on stage.
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