Yestival! – 293

Produced by Preston Frazier, Bill Govier, Wayne Hall and Michel Arsenault.

Yestival is finally underway and so Mark and I watch some of the first crowd-shot videos which have emerged. Obviously, there are lots of spoilers so if you don’t want to know the answer, look away now. We also go on a bit about a the second keyboard player on the 90125 tour in the two pence segment and Mark reviews Circa’s latest -Valley of the Windmill.

  • How is Dylan Howe doing?
  • What about the setlist?
  • Has it all kicked off well?

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Yestival videos we watched:

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Preston Frazier’s Yestival review

I say in the episode that I don’t know whose photos theses are – but I do! They are from Keith Hoisington – sorry Keith. It’s ARW in Rome:

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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and archive.org

7 thoughts on “Yestival! – 293”

  1. I haven’t actually played today’s podcast yet, but a few observations from watching the videos:

    >>>Steve’s playing so far on this tour is better than I’ve seen in several recent years.

    >>>I really like the personal spin Geoff put on “Soon.”

    >>>Yeah – Dylan Howe is very reminiscent of Dr. Bruford.

    >>>Jon sounds like he’s not really putting 100% into his singing, as if he’s protecting his voice – maybe a bit under the weather, perhaps?

  2. From the clips that I have seen I think they sound amazing.
    Very nice to hear the old tunes being played Survival is an all time favorite of mine and from what I have seen it sounds amazing. I believe that Yes has reinvented them self’s yet again. I’m unable to go and see them this year due to more surgery which sucks. I really wish they would give themselves some serious time in the studio to really put some new music together. I believe they have all the tools to really put together some new music with all parties involved.

  3. Haven’t listened to the podcast but I’ve watched the clips. I think I’ve identified what’s been bugging me for a while now…

    When Billy first joined it still felt like Yes and there was a parity across all five of the guys still. I haven’t seen them in person recently but I watch a lot of the live footage, and some time in the last year or so it feels like it started morphing more into Howe & friends… same music, same people, just something somewhere feels a bit different. The YIND clip above is definitely the Steve Howe Show.

    I don’t have a problem with it, I just wondered if anyone else had noticed it?

  4. I have my ticket for Yes in San Francisco Sept 1. I didn’t see them last time around so I’m really looking forward to it. Also, it is not billed for this date as “Yestival” but as Yes without supporting acts (Yes, it is the real Yes, not ARW). So, I’m hoping they’ll have time to fill out the set more and maybe play some longer pieces. I’ll let you know.

    ARW: I saw them last December so don’t see the need to see them again this year. They put on a good show, but I’m disappointed they’re calling themselves “Yes.” I was hoping they’d record some original music and go off in their own direction. Maybe they still will.

    1. ARW has been touring for an entire year now and the only innovation they’ve introduced into their show so far is to REMOVE a song from it…

      …old, tired, burned out hacks making a giant money-grab…

      I am so done with those guys.

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