Written by: Geoff Tischman
It’s been a little over the year since the death of Chris Squire, the co-founder of the legendary London prog rock band Yes.
Along with his pal Jon Anderson, Squire founded Yes back in 1968 and since then they have become known as one of the most musically complex, rhythmically textured, lyrically stunning, and beloved prog rock bands of all time.
But with Squire’s death and Anderson no longer a part of the Yes squad, the band remains an entirely different proposition from their incarnation of the past.
However, Squire’s request that the remaining original members carry on the legacy of the band has revived Yes in a rather exhilarating way.
With the miraculous Geoff Downes seated at the keyboards and the wildly gifted guitarist Steve Howe center stage at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, Yes sounded fabulous. Singer Jon Davison, formerly of Sky Cries Mary and Glass Hammer, has a terrific range and he handled the Yes songbook with the ease of a virtuoso.
Drawing from their winning discography–numbers ranging from Tales From Topographic Oceans to Heaven & Earth were in the set list–Yes gave one of the most stirring and musically comprehensive shows I’ve seen in a long time.
The band played:
- Machine Messiah
- White Car
- Does It Really Happen?
- Into the Lens
- Run Through the Light
- Tempus Fugit
- I’ve Seen All Good People
- Siberian Khatru
- And You and I
- The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)
- Leaves of Green
- Ritual (Nous Sommes du