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Thoughts on The Royal Affair Tour 2019 – 376

A Royal Affair!
A Royal Affair!

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier, Bill Govier and VR Hoisington

This week we abandoned our original plans because we felt it was important to talk about the news surrounding the Yes Summer 2019 North American trip which is called the Royal Affair Tour. Mark and I give our views on that so this episode is a little bit different in format to usual as a result.

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  • Who or what is Yasia?
  • Who or what is Bumblefoot?
  • Arthur Brown? Really?

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  • Jeffrey Crecelius
  • Preston Frazier
  • VR Hoisington
  • Bill Govier and
  • Wayne Hall


Aaron Steelman
Dave Owen
Mark James Lang
Paul Tomei
Joost Maglev
David Heyden
Martin Kjellberg
Paul Wilson
Bob Martilotta
Michael O’Connor
Peter Hearnden
Brian Sullivan
David Pannell
Miguel Falcão
Lobate Scarp
Chris Bandini
David Watkinson
Neal Kaforey
Rachel Hadaway
Craig Estenes
Paul Hailes
Mark ‘Zarkol’ Baggs
Doug Curran
Robert Nasir
Fergus Cubbage
Scott Colombo
Fred Barringer
Scott Smith
Geoff Bailie
Simon Barrow
Geoffrey Mason
Stephen Lambe
Guy R DeRome
Steve Dill
Henrik Antonsson
Steve Perry
Hogne Bø Pettersen
Steve Rode
Steve Scott
Jamie McQuinn
Steven Roehr
Ken Fuller
Terence Sadler
Jeremy North
Tim Stannard
Todd Dudley
John Cowan
Tony Handley
John Holden
Joseph Cottrell
John Parry
Keith Hoisington
John Thomson
William Hayes
Barry Gorsky

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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

23 replies on “Thoughts on The Royal Affair Tour 2019 – 376”

Yes, and that’s Carl Palmer on drums. They will b doing “Fire” as part of Carl’s set at each concert.

I don’t understand this at all. I know this is CP playing with the Crazy World of Arthur Brown but why would Carl want to move away from just instrumental versions of ELP numbers to suddenly play Fire with vocals? Makes no sense to me. (Sorry Kevin, I know this is the YES Music Podcast)

Didn’t I read that he had to keep taking the flaming headdress off because it got so hot? Mad.

I love Arthur Brown. Especially “Galactic Zoo Dossier”. What an album! Quite what he brings to the Carl Palmer show in terms of covering Greg Lake’s role I am not as sure – probably perfect for the rockers maybe less so on the choir boy ballads. Given that they were in Crazy World together it makes perfect sense and I am sure “Fire” will get an outing given that it was a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic. I saw the Carl Palmer trio about 18 months ago and it was a fantastic set and I say that as someone as was never a huge ELP fan. Those two acts together would be more than enough for me.

As for the rest I have absolutely no interest in Asia and less still in John Lodge.

I actually have no desire to see shows like this in general and hope they don’t bring the same concept back here. Overall this kind of thing is great for people who go to three or four shows a year – like a mini festival. Me, I want the two hour plus immersive experience not a trip down memory lane.

Rubbish branding too. “Royal Affair” sounds like a Barbara Cartland novel and I hate the whole idea of music being cast as a “tribute”. One song for Chris Squire in a Yes set is truly poignant. This John Lennon thing is I am sure 100% sincere but I have no idea what it really has to do with Yes. What next, the Steve Howe tribute to Lou Reed with a Progged up version of “Ocean” and Billy, Geoff and Jon doing the doo doo doos on “Walk on the Wild Side”?

This concept is only for the US & Canada summer tour. Every other year Yes will do this Yestival. Management just decided to call it Royal Affair instead of Yestival 2019, which was the original plan.

Ron will be singing lead for Asia. I’ve seen him with Sons of Apollo twice. Great musician & singer.

I wonder if Yes will perform “Instant Karma” since Alan White was on that? That’s a very simple arrangement which won’t require much rehearsal at all.
“Video Killed the Radio Star” will be performed by Asia. They’ve already done it before.
I doubt the new guitarist will add anything to Asia’s usual performance. The guitar melodies are very clearly defined by Howe and guitarists have always played them that way. I don’t know anything about his singing.
The festival tour is a bit of a disappointment without Moraz doing Relayer, but I’m sure it will be a fun night anyway.
Lodge won’t have much time on stage so I hope he goes straight to his classic-era Moodies material. They are one of my favorite bands and Lodge’s songs are excellent, assuming he can still sing them.
Carl Palmer we know will be excellent; he’s one of the top two drummers in prog history.

I think it’s strange to bring Athur Brown around on tour; just to sing one song? Does that make any sense when his sole hit is a non-ELP song? I wish Lake could find a singer that could handle Greg Lake’s work, and a keyboardist would be nice too.

The plan is for Brown to sing a couple of ELP songs, and “Fire.” It was Carl’s idea, as it’s been 50 years since they did “Fire” together, and have remained friends, and Carl wanted to give Arthur a tour around the US & Canada one more time, and for them to share the 6 weeks together. Carl has repeatedly said he knows he can never have a fulltime singer & keyboardist as the comparisons to ELP would be endless & brutal. He’s doing what he wants, something new & challenging with the music. Replicating the exact same ELP sound is fruitless; wishing for it is a waste of time.

You’ve never seen Ron play or sing, so you have no idea what he will bring to Asia. I have. The man is extremely talented and will add his own touch to the guitar & vocals. The plan is for Lodge & band to have 45-60 mins. His set, which I’ve seen 3 times, is a mix of his solo material & Moodies songs he sang, all nicely done. As of last fall his voice was just fine. Online bootleg videos don’t do justice to most singers.

Yes that’s a good suggestion – it would be great to hear some cover versions from band members’ past lives!

Hmmmmmm….. my original post seems to have been lost………
But it boile down to how excited I am by this, not least because the venue in Rogers, AR is close enough to my house that I can walk or bike ride to it (which I will probably wind up doing). Even nicer, I saw the ARW show in St. Louis a few years ago, so now I get to see a completely different but no doubt equally awesome Yes line-up for a very different experience.

I already took the day off, something my boss understood since he’s a big Yes fan and has his own tickets. I have a feeling he’s expecting the ARW line-up though………..

I’m especially excited to see Arthur Brown. Brown rarely seems to get mentioned these days, and his name never comes up when talking about prog – but I’m a huge fan of the keyboard-drenched psychedelia of the first Crazy World of Arthur Brown album. Not only that, but Brown was a near neighbor of mine when I lived in Austin, TX for years, which encouraged me to check out some of his more esoteric later material. Even if it’s just for a few songs, and mostly not his own, I’m really looking forward to see him.

Sorry your post went AWOL! Good Arthur Brown connection! I’m really not that familiar with him, apart from the ‘hit’! I should find out more.

The DJ, Pierre Robert (pronounced “row-BEAR”) is a fuxture at WMMR in Philadelphia. He is described as a hippie among other things.

Hailing from the Philly area myself, I can say that WMMR was THE classic rock station during the 80’s. Even before then they championed great music. For example, they are listed as a broadcast source for the amazing Jersey City 1977ish Yes bootleg from the “Solos” tour. The version of GOD from that show is mindblowing!

Great show guys! I am looking forward to seeing each act on this tour. This should be a fantastic evening of music! I am very excited to hear what Bumblefoot brings to the Asia sound. He is an amazing guitar player and vocalist. I am grateful for the opportunity to see Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy. I can’t wait to find out what songs will make up the Yes setlist. Hopefully there will be a few surprises and a few songs from the first 2 albums.

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