Yes, Lisebergshallen, Gothenburg, Dec 12th, 2009


Dez 13 2009, 22h37

Sat 12 Dec – Yes

Well I consider myself quite fortunate, to have seen three of my favorite bands in less than 2 months time! Yesterday on the 12th it was finally time to see Yes, an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968. YES! This band is generally regarded as one of the archetypal bands of the genre. Despite a great many lineup changes, occasional splits within the group and the ever-changing trends in popular music, the band has continued on for over forty years and still retains a large following, me encluded.

Lineup on this tour: Long-term band members Chris Squire (bass), Steve Howe (guitar) and Alan White (drums). Furthermore the band consists of vocalist Benoît David and keyboardist Oliver Wakeman. Oliver is the first son of former band member Rick Wakeman.

Well I guess we were about a 1000 people who came to see the show, and here is my setlist:

I must say I was a bit concerned when i learned that lead singer and co-founder of the band Jon Anderson would not be present due to health problems. Certainly, nobody can replace Anderson's voice, which has been described as that of a "faerie on helium". Still, stand in Benoît David did an excellent job indeed in yesterday's performance and furthermore seems a very sympathetic guy.

It was amazing to see these guys perform live and the band got plenty of very positive responses from the audience, often even standing ovations!

My personal favorites of the performed songs:
Siberian Khatru
I've Seen All Good People
And You and I
Owner of a Lonely Heart
Starship Trooper

Some personal favorites of mine which I had very much wanted them to play as well:
Close to the Edge
Wonderous Stories
Yesterday and Today
The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)

Still I was perfectly satisfied when leaving the venue, and very very happy indeed to have seen this legendary and amazing band performing live!

Oh and I bought two very cool band shirts :-)

THANK YOU Yes, I love you!
Envios aceitos


  • Highhopes4ever

    Yes, the music was really good, nothing wrong at all. But Close to the Edge, that would have been pure bliss :-) .. Machine Messiah is really cool, i did not know it before.

    Dez 14 2009, 17h34
  • skiesrblue

    Nice review....thanks for posting it... with the set list and pics etc.... most appreciated... Interesting setlist - I wonder if they are taking the opportunity in Jon Andersons absence to do songs from Drama (Machine Messiah) and Owner of A Lonely Heart - both from Albums that I thought JA didnt like doing live?? Anyway.... Wish I had been there!! :)

    Dez 14 2009, 19h06
  • Highhopes4ever

    Thanks for commenting :-) .. Yeah it was a really good and amazing show. Since the boys are not getting any younger, I am glad I had the chance to go. You never know when they call it quits ;-)

    Dez 14 2009, 19h42
  • iggy930

    I am so glad you enjoyed it. Maybe Close to the Edge next time. I guess they always have problems given the length of some of the songs. If you haven't seen it i rate Symphonic Yes very highly. Not only Close to the Edge but also Gates of Delerium which I had given up hope of ever seeing live.

    Dez 14 2009, 21h13
  • SvartaSkogar

    Glad you had a nice time and I like the shirts you bought. :) Btw. do all shows in Sweden start that early (18:30) or was this just an exception? :p

    Dez 16 2009, 15h26
  • Highhopes4ever

    Actually the gate opened at 6.30 pm, the boys started singing at 8 pm. Yeah the shirts are really nice, i am currently wearing the black one, with my PT hoody on top :-D

    Dez 16 2009, 16h27
  • dogsechoes

    Wow the first picture is so vintage.

    Dez 17 2009, 9h28
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    Dez 17 2009, 9h38
  • Highhopes4ever

    Yay, i like that father-son thing too :-) .. I think its awesome! Yeah Jon Anderson apparently suffered acute respiratory failure last year and i am not sure how he is doing currently, but here you can read what his thoughts are about the band hiring a replacement singer for the tour:

    Dez 19 2009, 18h22
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