March 25, 2011
English prog-rock forefathers Yes, once never seen outside of the arena setting, brought their sound to the Fillmore Charlotte.
With a career that has boasted album sales in the 30 million copy range, seeing a band known for long instrumental orchestrations that defined an era and birthed a genre was quite the treat for the 2500 mostly baby-boomers in attendance.
The band now consists of bass player Chris Squire, guitar Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboard player Oliver Wakeman (son of former Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman,) and vocalist Benoît David, who has ably replaced Jon Anderson. Though many people won’t see this iteration of the band because Anderson is not present, there was little about David’s vocal ability that would be good cause to miss the performance.
With classics that were well-played like "Yours is No Disgrace," "Close to the Edge" and "I’ve Seen All Good People," they left no stone unturned — exemplified by their torching of 1983’s "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and highlighted by a Squire bass solo that led out of "Long Distance Runaround" and into "Fish."
After an encore of perpetually-in-classic-rock-rotation "Roundabout" there was little left to say other than the aging members of Yes still know how to put on a good night of progressive rock that takes one back to generations earlier, when rock and roll was at its peak.
Intro: Le Sacre du Printemps (Taped intro by Igor Strawinski), Parallels, Tempus Fugit, Yours Is No Disgrace, Soon, Close to the Edge,Steve Howe guitar solo – To Be Over, I’ve Seen All Good People, Machine Messiah, Owner of a Lonely Heart, Long Distance Runaround, White-Fish solo (including The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)), Starship Trooper