Progressive rock pioneers, Yes, played classic tracks, new tunes and their 1970’s albums Fragile & Closer to the Edge in their entirety during a concert at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. The band opened with “Siberian Khatru,” an 18-minute poetic flight of complex instrumental arrangements and ethereal lyrics. The lengthy number was a great beginning to an evening of masterful playing and live music photography.
For the past 45 years, the group has been writing and performing multi-faceted songs that are intricate, graceful and always technically savvy. No matter the decade, the Yes concert experience has never been about loud distortion or pent up aggression. Rather, the lyrics and sounds take fans on a musical journey into the surreal. Though the band has gone through several personnel changes in their 20 album career, one things has always remained the same — a commitment to excellence by every member who has played an instrument or sang into a microphone. The current lineup features Steve Howe on guitar, bassist Chris Squire, Geoff Downes on keyboards, Alan White behind the drums and vocals by Jon Davison.
Guitar maestro Steve Howe began playing in 1959 at the age of 12, influenced by classical, jazz and even country/western. His style of playing helped define the sound of the band and shined through in a stellar performance filled with youthful exuberance marked by phenomenally diverse fret work.
Bassist Chris Squire holds the honor of being the last original member still in the band, the only musician to have played on every Yes album. His distinct sound was like nothing ever heard in the 70s and influenced numerous others to pick up the instrument. His trusted Rickenbacker was on stage with him as he kept the rhythm on the low end.
Alan White handled the time keeping duties with beats dominated by heavy syncopation as well as lightly placed taps on an oversized drum kit reminiscent of bands from the progressive era.
Geoff Downes synthesized the night with deft fingers surrounded by towering stacks of keyboards. Those who grew up watching music videos know Geoff was part of the duo who wrote “Video Killed the Radio Star,” the very first song played on MTV.
Filling the shoes of a legendary frontman is no easy task, but new lead singer Jon Davison handled the duty with aplomb. His incredible voice and commanding stage presence made him a perfect fit.
Yes is currently touring the world and shows no sign of slowing down. All good people in attendance at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino — Hollywood were treated to two hours of exceptional music from one of the most iconic bands in rock -n- roll.
“And You And I”
“Close to the Edge”
“We Have Heaven”
“Southside of the Sky”
Five Percent for Nothing”
“Long Distance Runaround”
“Heart of the Sunshine”
“Owner of a Lonely Heart”
“I’ve Seen All Good People”
All concert images taken with a Canon EOS 7D using a Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L USM lens.