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Monday, May 21, 2018

Rehearsals, week one

As we know, Wakey is a habitual Tweeter (like many stand-up comedians he uses it as a medium for telling jokes) and so this within this first week he provided brief updates regarding ARW rehearsals for the upcoming touring cycles.

This last tweet promises something very interesting - Rick(y) don't lose that list!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

upcoming singles from Manchester Apollo performance

(With thanks to Yesfans member Olorin for the heads-up.)

Posted yesterday on music industry insider website MusicTAP is apparent advance information regarding the ARW release of their March 2017 O2 Apollo Manchester concert.  I had been keeping an eye on Eagle Rock Entertainment's social media accounts for breaking news, but MusicTAP has been known to provide scoops of upcoming releases for its' readership.
And finally, just so you’re aware of the upcoming release, there will be a Live At the Apollo set from Yes with Anderson, Rabin, and Wakeman. The show is from their 2017 O2 Apollo (Manchester) show. Two DD singles will be released, “Roundabout” (August 24), and two DD versions of “Rhythm of Love” (August 17). The two DD versions of “Rhythm of Love will issue as standard MP3 and an HD (48kHz/24-bit) version. It will issue via Eagle Rock.
DD in this case refers to digital distribution/direct download.  So if accurate these releases will coincide with the kickoff of this year's North American tour.

This artwork was also posted, although it's not clear if it will serve as the official packaging.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

This date in Yesstory: one part of a great and varied legacy

One of the more interesting events which the YesWest lineup took part in was It's Only Rock n'Roll, a concert celebrating Atlantic Records' 40th anniversary which was held at Madison Square Garden on May 14, 1988, about a month after the end of the Japanese leg of The BIG Tour.  It was the last performance of this particular lineup until the Talk tour kicked off in June 1994.

The massive show, featuring over two dozen artists from the Atlantic roster past and present, was broadcast on radio and TV, and the band's song selection drew from both the Classic era and their current oeuvre.  A DVD of the HBO broadcast version was released later in the year.  However, out of the five songs the band performed only two were included on the DVD set.

With thanks to The Groovy Archives tumblr account - this backstage photo from the event has a very interesting caption which possibly reveals what Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe wanted to name themselves originally.

As I've noted in a previous entry, this performance contains a moment of truly Epic Bromance during "Hold On," which was part of Chris and Trevor's routine for the song, but with a bit of a twist.

"I've Seen All Good People"

"Hold On"

"Owner of a Lonely Heart"


Off to join the circus...or something...the boys say "Good Night!"

Saturday, May 12, 2018

all smiles

Here's Our Trev recently spotted somewhere in Los Angeles, hanging out with a fellow guitar hero, as you do...I'm seriously digging Trevor's choice of footwear!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Media Watch: yes to Yes (plural)

Another in the seemingly neverending series of articles regarding the rivalry between Yes and Yes Featuring has been published today on the Financial Times website, which appears to contain recent quotes from Jon and Steve and Trevor.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

gearing up

Today saw the posting of Rick's Grumpy Old Rick's Ramblings for May and was primarily dedicated to the creation of his upcoming release A Piano Odyssey, but there was also this update to tide us over till next month...
On Saturday 12th...the ARW crew start to load the equipment in for rehearsals and I will start checking my stuff out on the 12th and 13th. Rehearsals start in earnest on the 14th and carry on right the way through the month until the equipment leaves for Poland and our first concert.
With about three weeks of rehearsals, here's hoping for some interesting staging/setlist changes!