What if…Yes played a concert with an Open Your Eyes onwards only setlist? – 551

Produced by Ken Fuller, Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

This week, Mark and I consider the question of what would happen if Yes were restricted to only playing music from Open Your Eyes to The Quest in a concert. Imagine that. Well, we did. Listen out for our ideas and add your own to the show notes for this week.

  • What would you choose?
  • Can a sensible setlist be constructed?
  • How would it fit together?

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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:

5 replies on “What if…Yes played a concert with an Open Your Eyes onwards only setlist? – 551”

I would stay home.
In fact, the last time I saw them was when they played the entire YES Album, only to hear A Venture live, which I never had.
Unless Jon re-joins, that will have been the last time for me.

Open Your Eyes was the last Yes album I bought on its release. I did buy The Ladder years after it was out but don’t think much of it. Even though I’ve not heard most of the music spoken of here, I enjoyed this episode for the enthusiasm and interplay which is so engaging.
I always appreciate the namecheck from Mark every time he mentions Kiss etc and at the same time agree with his reasoning.
I know I’ve not commented much over the last few months but it’s not for lack of having something to say or of indifference. You’ve made some great discussions but my listening schedule means that sometimes I listen to the show as the next one is coming out. You chaps are the best!

I am behind on my podcasts, just had a listen – really interesting stuff! Personally, I would love to see this…as much as I love classic Yes, you can only hear Roundabout so many times! One can argue about the quality of latter-day Yes, but there are plenty of great nuggets that would be fabulous in concert. I would attend a show with either of Kevin’s or Mark’s set lists!

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