Yes filled the E Center arena with its trademark meandering melodies, dreamy lyrics and a ton of energy.
The evening was filled with fanfare, especially at the first as the "Kings of Progression" stepped to their instruments to Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite."From there, the music was all the product of bassist Chris Squire, guitarists Steve Howe and Billy Sherwood, keyboardist Igor Khoroshev, drummer Alan White and vocalist Jon Anderson. Squire and Anderson have been in Yes for 30 years.
But the logistics aside, the music was all that mattered for the fans. The lengthy, inspired set kicked off with the blast of "Siberian Khatru."
Squire looked like a very tall kid as he cranked out the pulsing notes from his bass. And at times, he would take on a senior magician's role and use his free hand to seemingly cast spells on his instrument and the audience. He also did his trademark minstrel (or flamingo) stance and rested his right foot on his left knee.
Anderson served as the reverent shaman as he introduced each song with short anecdotes and tales.
The only complaint during those segments was the lack of courtesy from the overly excited crowd. Whoops and hollers, screams and whistles would drown out Anderson's soft-spoken vocals. And the boisterousness extended into Howe's intricate, classically inspired guitar solos.
Still, you couldn't blame the audience (maybe the beer). Yes was nearly at its top form during the show.
There were times when Anderson's voice cracked and when Howe's flying fingers got caught on a couple of bad notes during a run.
The audience members quickly forgave those goofs because they heard such epic works as the heavy rock of "Rhythm of Love," the band's scattered solos during "Yours Is No Disgrace" and the pulse of the new tune, "Open Your Eyes."
Other classic Yessongs included the anthemic "And You and I," the syncopated burst of "Heart of the Sunrise" and the No. 1 hit "Owner of a Lonely Heart."
Among the surprises were the angelic "Wonderous Stories" and the entire "Close to the Edge" epic.
Howe's acoustic guitar solo featured "Classical Gas," while Squire's grinding solo took form in the shape of "The Fish." White then followed with a rolling drum solo.
Khoroshev's ragtime romp preceded "Long Distance Runaround." Sherwood also managed to take the spot a few times.
Closing the show was the obligatory, but necessary and fun "Seen All Good People/Your Move" medley and the encore, "Roundabout."
Alan Parsons Project kick-started the show with it's own blend of progressive pop. "Eye in the Sky," "Games People Play" and "Psychobabble" were some of the few Top 40 tunes the technically perfect band played.
While Parsons and his band drew the audience in, it was Yes that had everyone bouncing in the aisles.