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Episode 190 – Yes Live in August 2015

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Steve Howe plays ‘Clap’, August 2015. Photo by Preston Frazier, used by permission.

Yes have just begun their US tour 2015. This week I look at some YouTube videos made by fans at those first concerts on the tour.

  • How do the band pay tribute to Chris Squire?
  • Is this still Yes, or is it becoming a tribute band?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!


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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

6 replies on “Episode 190 – Yes Live in August 2015”

Hi Kevin,
Let me just say that I haven’t listened to any Yes since Chris’s passing. I’ve really not felt like it. I was the same with John Martyn so I know it will pass but for now, I’ll content myself with the YMP.
On the ‘tribute band’ theme – The same thought has been going through my mind: Given the bands revolving door policy on members, will a point ever be reached when the band is no longer Yes? To ‘main sequence’ only fans, (I suppose) that point may be nearing but fans of later incarnations are used to a higher frequency of line up changes. May be it’s a bit like George Washington’s axe: 3 new heads and 5 new shafts – but still he same axe in spirit.

On another note, I’d just like to say thank you for how much your first podcast after the death of Chris Squire resonated. The first sentence alone ; “We now live in a world without Chris Squire” (forgive me for paraphrasing) really brought it home. The content was never maudlin or over sentimental but must have meant a lot to many listeners. I know it did to me.



Thank you Neil. As you may have heard, my own thinking is much like yours on the future of the band. Thanks for listening and commenting.

Last night’s show in Dayton, Ohio, was great fun. The band seemed to have worked out some of the kinks I’ve read about from the first few shows. Billy’s bass came through loud and clear. They still need to turn his voice up. The Keytar during Starship Trooper was on key… but not sure it was worth the trouble. All he did was play a few chords. Not much keyboard wizardry there. Steve Howe was the most vocal and animate than I’ve seen in years. He talked to the crowd and danced and slid across the stage.

Thanks Jamie. Great to hear the band are sounding good! Billy seems to have settled in brilliantly. Thanks for the comment.

My heart sank when you said that ‘Don’t Kill the Whale was the tribute song. It is probably the worst song they ever recorded. I think it was an attempt at the time to get on the greenpeace bandwagon.

Thanks for the comment Jeremy. I quite like Don’t Kill The Whale and of course it comes from the best album… 😉

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