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Introduction:


A series of essays wherein I explore the numerous musical identities of my favorite musician: from child prodigy to teen idol to guitar hero to singer/songwriter to award-winning in-demand film composer.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Tour Report extra: photos from Kettering

With many thanks to Yesfans member Eddie Yessongs and his friend JR for these photos, which I felt should have their own special entry.  Anyone so inclined to send me photos or gig reviews or anything of that nature, please do!  I love fan-mail!






Thursday, September 21, 2017

No "dirty thirty" for you, BigGen!

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of my favorite YesWest album, 1987's Big Generator.


I actually have an in-depth essay on the album in the works, but with Tour season going on and such, it will have to wait till quieter times for completion.  But from the propulsive opener "Rhythm of Love" (an absolute highlight of the ARW setlist if I do say so myself) through to the lovely lilting closer "Holy Lamb (Song for Harmonic Convergence)," this is an album which displays the depth and breadth of the band's ambition, taste, and creativity as a true ensemble - something which was only achieved, in my opinion, just this once.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ARW tour report, week three: Ohio and Virginia

Reader beware: this entry contains SPOILERS! for week three of ARW's 2017 North American tour. If you do not wish to read/view/listen to any details/elements of the tour prior to your applicable show then please do not read this entry!
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Author's Note: A big thank you to everyone who shared photos and videos and impressions on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and the Yesfans discussion forum. Each tour report entry could be considered a work-in-progress as I find more things to add.

Kettering
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Setlist
Cinema/Perpetual Change
Hold On
South Side of the Sky
And You and I
Changes
Rhythm of Love
I Am Waiting
Heart of the Sunrise
Awaken
Make It Easy/Owner of a Lonely Heart
Encore:
Roundabout

Press review
https://thefirenote.com/2017/09/18/yes-featuring-anderson-rabin-and-wakeman-north-american-tour-2017-concert-review/

Audience video
"Cinema"
https://youtu.be/niQBMkO8A7c
https://www.facebook.com/ken.kitt/videos/10213823658646729/
"Hold On"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9fplWBHLp
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY91sYBHA67
"I Am Waiting"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9kcmwnAQI
https://youtu.be/injJijte2RM
"Heart of the Sunrise"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9iIFmFpVG
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9iYXMBSzM
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY92CaEnX-h
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9lTojFG9y
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9xx49jEVc
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY_Z9MAF4m0
"Awaken"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9mWtcF9ZP
"Owner of a Lonely Heart"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY92NCSnlDD
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY_AnyLHQ8S
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9neUOlpNe
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY-V2JkltOs
https://youtu.be/nKWpgcFWNhc
https://youtu.be/ajcpI96iFTw
https://www.facebook.com/100022023280317/videos/111056856305090/
"Roundabout"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9obbDluKz
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9n79hBEqN
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY92cuWHGTg
https://youtu.be/EjuxO3IqPbI
https://twitter.com/GSillymemes/status/907783343596503040

Montage of songs:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9hoaQFUJJ
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9jokvlKMU

Photos
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9cHv7HVjl
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9dsyCHxwx
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9e4SLAnZQ
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9fzRzDbVl
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9hLEhHez4
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY91YTCHA6O
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY_AXG1nb77
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY_BBi8Hqff
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY93n1Ngvq7
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9r_A5HX4F
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY_RbBPAF1x
https://twitter.com/jurieongames/status/909938722279510016
https://twitter.com/Yestormato/status/908339722942078976
https://twitter.com/danlarmstrong/status/907804460654710784
https://twitter.com/wedgepiece/status/907933031364808705

A slideshow courtesy of Rick Moss:
https://www.facebook.com/rick.moss.18/videos/10207392041559060/

A set of photos courtesy of Judy Davis:
https://www.facebook.com/judy.davis.58152/media_set?set=a.10155721179659140.1073741862.855469139&type=3&pnref=story

Photos and video:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY9z4bOhStU
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10214349901438901&set=pcb.10214349980480877&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10159255917465632&set=a.10159258094210632.1073741894.725060631&type=3&theater

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Vienna
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Setlist
Cinema/Perpetual Change
Hold On
South Side of the Sky
And You and I
Changes
Rhythm of Love
I Am Waiting
Heart of the Sunrise
Awaken
Make It Easy/Owner of a Lonely Heart
Encore:
Roundabout

Audience video
"Cinema"
https://www.facebook.com/ken.kitt/videos/10213823658646729/
"South Side of the Sky"
https://youtu.be/9vYl0MqUb90
https://youtu.be/kpRl9_7p1Js
"And You and I"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAGS7GHJ0F
https://youtu.be/HMJbPL3XVUs
"Changes"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAIgXvBxgU
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZB0pXTA7yD
"I Am Waiting"
https://youtu.be/V_x6OautAVM
"Heart of the Sunrise"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZBnIFVF8oI
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZDEbc9ATLz
https://youtu.be/Rx3wNK9h57M
"Awaken"
https://youtu.be/YaAT_vzNaxs
https://youtu.be/quOjakaa3PI
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZCIN2_j4SL
"Owner of a Lonely Heart"
https://youtu.be/FszCWJ_NR3A
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAOfQkgzNQ
https://www.facebook.com/alex.fernandez.58152559/videos/10210172096078206/
"Roundabout"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAUyBBD4p9
https://youtu.be/IBZLsBAc3LY

Complete set (in three parts):
https://youtu.be/ifQqaBO4xuA
https://youtu.be/Xb5aguZFSpo
https://youtu.be/pbgBqcfu_Fw

Photos
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZADcnhHz8N
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZADclyl6AW
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZADzfEHHh1
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAFMdnB4En
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAFP7Uh87t/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAG8bAATK4
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAhoH2B9_u
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAhsr9hEEd
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAhXOcB92i
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAh9fXhupe
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAiM6XhHki
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAicVDhIA8
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAXh3hnwCd
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZEPgrpFzc8
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZBvYB3Fzrs
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAOMFigp-m
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZATKt9DjXz
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZFIntyFm6o
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZJiU0blfdA
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZJrxPYlmEP
https://twitter.com/DavidLWinters22/status/908506837053472768
https://twitter.com/DavidLWinters22/status/908507181955403776
https://twitter.com/Lee_Petry/status/908171444328259584
https://twitter.com/ctbarker32/status/908354634921775105

Akron
Meanwhile, Rick appears to have a wardrobe revolt on his hands...


Setlist
Cinema/Perpetual Change
Hold On
South Side of the Sky
And You and I
Changes
Rhythm of Love
I Am Waiting
Heart of the Sunrise
Awaken
Make It Easy/Owner of a Lonely Heart
Encore:
Roundabout

Press review
https://www.axs.com/anderson-rabin-wakeman-weave-yes-magic-in-akron-123198

Audience video
"Cinema"
https://youtu.be/GRVkbYmAhts
"South Side of the Sky"
https://youtu.be/rb034t-x_fY
https://www.facebook.com/ken.kitt/videos/10213824828555976/
"And You and I"
https://youtu.be/Y6hT4lF2_gs
https://www.facebook.com/john.mudgett.754/videos/1815459168481746/
"I Am Waiting"
https://youtu.be/SRmivdOySL4
https://www.facebook.com/ken.kitt/videos/10213827050411521/
"Heart of the Sunrise"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZGpgFfgy7x
"Awaken"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZGsIkjgr17
https://youtu.be/GAt5uSxnpuY
"Owner of a Lonely Heart"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZHEyu3guWV
https://www.facebook.com/brian.sokol/videos/10211822060840036/
"Roundabout"
https://youtu.be/YqkfIsjjSvw

Photos
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZFPJJlnDNT
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZFPh2qngML
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZFVa-UHFWf
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZFdGvAhrB1
https://twitter.com/MOR_XU/status/908848483007913984

A set of photos courtesy of Judy Davis:
https://www.facebook.com/judy.davis.58152/media_set?set=a.10155729953974140.1073741863.855469139&type=3&pnref=story

Photos and video:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZGo_OAg6eA


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fashion Watch: le tropique c'est chic

Last night in Quebec was enhanced by this bit of fun tropical flair - Trevor has not worn this particular shirt since last year's Clearwater, FL performance (and one would assume he bought the garment in Florida) so it's great to see it make a return to the stage.  As we've seen other wardrobe stalwarts like the dark flowered shirt several times now on this tour, I hope it will brighten up the gigs a few more times.

Monday, September 18, 2017

priorities

Spotted on Twitter: some women want a man who is handy around the house, some women want a man who is a good provider, and other women...want a man who can play guitar like a dream.

Friday, September 15, 2017

guess the set, part four

When the guys performed in Virginia, the Wolf Trap venue had a fun thing for attendees as they entered, asking fans what they were excited to hear the band play (and this is apparently a regular feature at the venue), though of course ARW has what is referred to as a (mostly) static setlist rather than a rotating or evolving one.  But it was fun to read the responses, only some of which were literal.

Here is my dear friend and fellow Rabinite fiendish_thingy and her lovely mom posing with the "sounding board" (and being die-hard fans they also attended one of the Yestival performances last month).
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And another fan interacted in an artful sort of way...
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Progressive Music Awards 2017

As I noted in a previous entry, ARW was named in the field of nominees for UK Band/Artist of the Year at the 2017 Progressive Music Awards.

And they did make the final slate of three:
Yes featuring ARW
Marillion
Anathema
...but Marillion took home the award, presented by UK comedian Will Smith.

Fittingly there were plenty of other nods to Yes' history and related associates among those in attendance.  Iconic illustrator Roger Dean was on hand to present the Album Cover of the Year award; Steve Hackett was the recipient of The Chris Squire Virtuoso award; Eddie Jobson collected the Lifetime Achievement award, and Carl Palmer was crowned this year's Prog God.  Carl was his usual ebullient self during his acceptance speech, joking that he was "an overnight success 50 years in the making."