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Yes at Towerlands Arena, Braintree 12/07/04 - A Quick Review


To steal a phrase from David Meadows...that was the best concert I've ever been to!!. emoticon

The venue, (an equestrian center), was a bit of a strange place to hold a rock concert but the sound and atmosphere weren't that bad, certainly better than Wembley Arena. I had a great view, only a couple of feet from the barrier behind two very short people and directly in front of Chris Squire. emoticon

The whole band was on form and playing great but Jon Anderson and especially Chris Squire really stood out tonight. Anderson was singing as good as he's ever done and he was full of energy and had an ear-to-ear smile all night, clearly loving every minute of it, and Squire was something else, he just owned the stage, leaping about everywhere and kneeling down front and center and thrashing around like a lead guitarist, all the while playing like a man posessed...there's no bassist I've ever witnessed who can even come close to him...and if he can still play like he does in his late 50s then it's scary for me to imagine what he must have been like in his 20s.

The show as a whole was very energetic and exciting, never a dull moment. The highlights for me were Mind Drive, Starship Trooper and Squire's exhibition of Godliness/bass solo.



The Setlist, as I remember it, almost certainly missing a few and in the wrong order....

Firebird Suite
Going For The One
Super-duper extended Mind Drive (groovy!)
I've Seen All Good People
South Side Of The Sky
Rhythm of Love
Owner of a Lonely Heart
Steve Howe solo spot - A Benjamin Britten piece that's name I can't remember and Clap
Rick Wakeman solo spot
Long Distance Runaround
Chris Squire solo spot - The Fish
Your's Is No Disgrace
And You And I
Starship Trooper (Mind-blowingly groovy!!)

Encore - Roundabout

A wee bit shorter than the rest of the tour and no acoustic set but still at least 2 and a half hours.

And of course, it was great meeting everybody beforehand. emoticon

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Sounds like a cracking show!emoticon Great to see you had a good time...still I hope that this wasn´t your "show of the month", yet...emoticon
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Yes, a great time was had by all. emoticon

I'll get in touch with you soon about the specifics of the forthcoming concert that has to try and live up to this one. emoticon

The only downside was that I was on my feet almost non-stop from 6pm to about 10:15, I only sat down on the floor for less than a minute before it started until I realised that because of the position I was forced to sit in, it was actually more uncomfortable than standing up so that by the time the show had started I'd already been standing for nearly an hour....but still, if I could bottle that feeling I had whilst watching Steve Howe and Chris Squire thrashing their way through Wurm and sell it to junkies then I'd be a rich man. emoticon

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Oh yeah, I also stood for almost about 7 hours in Coburg, but I´m sure you had a better gig, though...

BTW: I´ve figured out where the trainstation is from where I have to pick you up today in a week...now there´s only to find out where the gig will take place and from then on will everything be fine(that means if the gig takes place, but that one has also an oustanding show to live up to).

Talk to you later about the details...
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quote:

RitchiesHair wrote:
To steal a phrase from David Meadows...that was the best concert I've ever been to!!. emoticon



Hear, hear! emoticon

quote:

I had a great view, only a couple of feet from the barrier behind two very short people and directly in front of Chris Squire. emoticon



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The show as a whole was very energetic and exciting, never a dull moment. The highlights for me were Mind Drive, Starship Trooper and Squire's exhibition of Godliness/bass solo.



I agree with every word! emoticonemoticon

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And of course, it was great meeting everybody beforehand. emoticon



It was so lovely to be standing there with all of you. I was so happy. Thank you R'sH for letting us short people stand in front emoticon
The only thing is that my neck went stiff from looking & smiling up to Jon(sigh) and the out-of-this-world Chris.

I feel so lucky to have had this experience.

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Ok, here's some more, from where I was...

First of all, the band seemed happy. Well, they all had reason to be, as they were just creating amazing music together! I was just staring there in complete awe when Chris & Jon played with vocal harmonies... I believe Chris was actually singing higher than Jon at a certain point?? emoticon
I couldn't stop smiling if I tried... and I'm still trying to figure out whether they could see our faces, because I think Jon (sigh)smiled back at me once (sigh)... Ok, it's not a musical moment! But there was so much Love out there! And it is important.

oops, gotta go now

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quote:

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Super-duper extended Mind Drive (groovy!)



It sounded like they mixed another KTA song into it... Bring me to the Power, maybe?

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Steve Howe solo spot - A Benjamin Britten piece that's name I can't remember


From his opera "Gloriana". Very nice music.

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Rick Wakeman solo spot


Mostly bits from The Six Wives of Henry VIII (but I can never remember which bit is which wife).


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Chris Squire solo spot - The Fish


And something else mixed in there that I couldn't put a name to.



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