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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:48 am 
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KUIII wrote:
Good show. In contrasting the two current Yes bands:

#1:Steve Howe band played songs from every album until 1980. ARW band played songs from both 70's and 80's.
#2: Steve Howe vs. Trevor Rabin. They're both great but very different players. Both kind of defined the eras they were in the band. Definitely preferred Howe's Roundabout. Rabin put his own spin on it but it didn't surpass Howe's.
#3: Jon Anderson vs. Jon Davison. Davison is a great Anderson impersonator but let's go with the original deal here.
#4: Rick Wakeman vs. Geoff Downes. Even though Downes is a very capable player and handled all the parts just fine don't you have to go with the guy in the cape?
#5: Production (lighting, sound, etc.): Different but even.
#6: Merch: Howe band gets the nod with more and better options.

I'm glad I saw both shows but if you put a gun to my head I'd go with the ARW show.

On a side note Dweezil's old buddy Andre Cholmondeley (sp?) of Project/Object fame was very visible during the show as Steve Howe's guitar tech exchanging guitars and etc. almost every song.

Now that I too have seen both incarnations in a short span of time, I gotta say I agree with nearly all of the above... except I end up choosing the Howe version.
Anderson sounded great. I half-expected him to sound frail, but he did a great job. Wakeman was the star even though there were often clams. Pulling out the Key-tar and generally being a showman, it was a fun show. Rabin wasn't exactly bad, but with more clams than Wakeman, I'd say it was disappointing. Maybe he's just an old guy who wishes he had a young guy's chops.
Worst though, was the setlist.

ARW at Riverside, Sep 9
Cinema
Perpetual Change
Hold On
South Side of the Sky
And You and I
Lift Me Up
Rhythm of Love
I Am Waiting
Heart of the Sunrise
Awaken
Owner of a Lonely Heart

Encore:
Roundabout

That middle section of Lift Me Up, Rhythm of Love and I Am Waiting was eternal; I was just waiting for it to be done. But once it was done we got a great Heart of the Sunrise. Imo, it was the best of the night because Rabin could actually play the parts. The whole band was together. That bled over into Awaken as well. Owner of a Lonely Heart was a fun string of solos. The drummer was fine, but not particularly interesting. The bass player sounded generally slow, only getting out of 1st gear for his own solo.

Yes at Yestival, Aug 19
Survival
Time and a Word
Yours Is No Disgrace
South Side of the Sky
And You and I
Leaves of Green
Soon
Going for the One
Don't Kill the Whale
Machine Messiah

Encore:
Madrigal
Roundabout

The setlists don't compare. I admit though that I've never been a big fan of the 80s Yes, even though the 1st Yes show I ever saw was Big Generator tour. I liked Cinema though. But, that Howe setlist is all killer, no filler.

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Tomorrow, Sept 18, I'm off to Montreal to see a show featuring Mattew Shipp on piano, John Butcher on tenor and soprano sax and feedback, and Thomas Lehn on analogue synthisizer. It should be a night of wild improvisation. Opening the show is a young woman from the U.K. named Faye McCalman, who is a new name to me. She'll be doing solo bass clarinet. After some internet research on this gal, I'm equally excited about her set as I am with the main event.


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Zappafest goes on each year in Milwaukee, but I've only gone once, 2 years ago. So, this year, I'm putting it on the calendar well in advance. Saturday December 9 at Shank Hall.

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^^So what goes on at Zappafest?


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