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10Nov/083

Yes-men Howe, Squire, and White officially launch “In The Present” tour

Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and Alan White officially launched their 2008 "In The Present" tour this past week with vocalist Benoit David filling in for Yes vocalist Jon Anderson, and keyboard player Oliver Wakeman filling the slot previously occupied by his dad, some guy you probably know named Rick Wakeman.

Yes promotional photo 2008

What is Steve Howe looking at?

The "In The Present" tour certainly gave Yes fans plenty to debate and discuss before the shows even began - the decision to call the band "Yes," for example.

There were plenty of questions, and wondering about what songs might/might not be in the setlist. Would the band play Drama material?

The setlist spoilers are below, so if you're looking to maintain the mystery, now would be the appropriate time to navigate your browser to a different part of the Addicted to Vinyl website!

First, here's some additional stuff that you might enjoy:

An interview with Roger Dean including sketches for the In The Present tour stage designs.

A fresh interview with Chris Squire posted @ chrissquire.net.

A press review of the opening night in Hamilton, Ontario that was posted on YesWorld.com.

A "fan" review of the same show.

Some more info related to merch, etc.

And how about some video?

And You And I

Onward

Here is the setlist with running times from Friday night's show in Hampton, New Hampshire:

~~ DISC 1 ~~ (52:11)

Firebird Suite (2:52)
Siberian Khatru (10:00)
Your Move / All Good People (7:29)
Heart Of The Sunrise (12:34)
Tempus Fugit (6:15)
Onward (5:29)
Astral Traveler (7:32)

~~ DISC 2 ~~ (52:45)

Close To The Edge (20:45)
(intermission)
Parallels (6:47)
And You And I (12:10)
Mood For A Day (aborted) / Clap (5:38)
Long Distance Runaround/The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) (7:25)

~~ DISC 3 ~~ (53:42)

Aliens (Are Only Us From The Future) (6:02) (new song sung by Chris Squire)
Machine Messiah (10:55)
Soon (7:25)
Starship Trooper (13:40)

Owner Of A Lonely Heart (6:12)
Roundabout (9:28)

You can download this show on Dimeadozen (free registration required.)

YES, there is music from the Drama album....and "Onward" from Tormato.....and ALL of "Close To The Edge!"

Some nice setlist surprises, and with three hours of Yes music, it looks like you're certainly getting your money's worth as a Yes fan, as long as you can deal with the absence of Jon Anderson.

I'll judge that for myself in a few weeks, when I see the band here at House of Blues in Cleveland.

Until then, I'll enjoy watching the tour discussion amongst Yes fans - never a dull moment!!

Relevant Links:


YesWorld.com

YesFans.com

Notes From The Edge

  • jjazznola

    I laughed when I heard what they were doing. I realized I was dead wrong after listening to a copy of their show from Hershey, PA Tues night. I’m going to try and see them tonight in NYC.

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