Yes – Las Vegas: August 15 2014

Number 2 of the 3 concerts in 3 cities in 3 days.

Another shows at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Tonight was an evening with Yes who performed their albums Fragile and Close to the Edge in their entirety as well as some of their other hits with a couple of their new songs splitting the two albums. This was my first Yes show and it was definitely a different vibe, beckoning back to the care free early seventies with extra long cerebral, progressive album rock that you just don’t hear any more.. The title song Close to the Edge is over 18 minutes and took up nearly an entire side of the album. It was just fantastic watching Steve Howe work his magic with the guitar. The lead singer was exceptional, and although is not their original singer John Davison absolutely spot on sounded to Jon Anderson. They closed the show with an encore of I’ve Seen All Good People and Owner of a Lonely Heart.

I had a great seat just a row back from stage right where Steve Howe was set up and performing and aside from the incredibly drunk and obnoxious idiots on either side of me, I had a great time at the show. It never ceases to mystify me why someone would get so drunk before a show which they paid a lot of money to see, and to watch a band and listen to the music that they obviously love, but set themselves up to not remember any of it. It was fortunate for me that the venue wasn’t sold out and although I had to leave my awesome seat, I was able to move back to an empty seat further back where people were much more mellow and obviously there for the music and the band.

Now back to Seattle for Aerosmith tomorrow night!

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