Northfield ,Ohio -The sold out Hard Rock Live played host to one of the most popular and best concerts of the fall , yes we are in fall and inclement rainy weather did nothing to deter the fans from this night of musical wonder . The recently reformed version of YES featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman were the attraction and the sold out audience could not have been happier .
I worked a few years ago with the Howe, Squire version so I was extremely excited to finally see this incarnation of the band. The version that recorded one of my favorite songs ” Owner of a Lonely Heart ” and truth be told they did not disappoint one little bit .
The night started with ” Cinema ” and continued for the next hour and half . Some of the tracts they played were ” Hold On ” and ” Ive Seen All Good People ” and ” Rhythm of Love ” just to name a few . During ” Owner of Lonely Heart ” both Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman came down the aisles to shake hands and greet the fans in an up close and personal way. By pure luck and circumstance I ended meeting Rabins very gracious wife who I asked to deliver a message . Please tell her husband how much I love his film scores and ” Con Air ” is one of my favorite albums of his. Rick Wakeman commanded the stage like a wizard behind a sea of keyboards and vocalist extraordinaire Jon Anderson provided impressive vocals , harp skills and some nice rhythm guitar along with command of the stage .
The song that broke thru and made YES who they are today was ” Roundabout ” . The song takes me back when I was a kid and watched my older brother teach himself the entire song on a twelve string acoustical guitar . The band did an outstanding version to the standing room only crowd as not a person was in their seats for this one .
if you are a fan of either progressive rock , or amazing songs in general please get out and see this band . To keep up with all things Yes featuring ARW please see the official website at http://www.yesfeaturingarw.com/