IN FOCUS// Yes at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

IN FOCUS// Yes at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Credit: Alina Salihbekova

After their 'The Album Series Tour' had been rescheduled, legendary progressive rock band Yes has finally made it to Nottingham on the 18th of June. The current tour lineup features Steve Howe -guitars, Geoff Downes - keyboards, Jon Davison - vocals, Billy Sherwood - bass guitar and backing vocals, and Jay Schellen - drums and percussion.

IN FOCUS// Yes at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Credit: Alina Salihbekova

Sadly, their long-time drummer Alan White passed away on the 26th of May, but the band decided to continue the tour as a tribute to him. Roger Dean, an artist who worked with Yes for many decades, told the story of how he met Alan and then announced the band on stage. Before the first song, there was a heart-warming yet bittersweet slideshow with Alan White's photos.

IN FOCUS// Yes at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Credit: Alina Salihbekova

All band members showcased a high level of skill and professionalism throughout the gig. Their stage presence was powerful, making their performance even more exciting, and their genuine enthusiasm was infectious. Being one of the oldest band members, Steve Howe shared insights into how some of the songs were recorded, which was very interesting to hear.

IN FOCUS// Yes at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Credit: Alina Salihbekova

The gig was greatly dedicated to the band's long and successful career. The band underwent many changes since its formation in the late 60s, and they remain one of the most respected pioneers of progressive rock after so many years. In addition, Yes is still relevant to younger audiences thanks to their song 'Roundabout' being used in the GTAV game, in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure anime and in internet memes.

IN FOCUS// Yes at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Credit: Alina Salihbekova

Setlist:
Turn of the Century (Alan White tribute)
The Firebird Suite (Igor Stravinsky song)
1. On the Silent Wings of Freedom
2. Yours Is No Disgrace
3. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed (Richie Havens cover)
4. Does It Really Happen?
5. Clap
6. Wonderous Stories
7. The Ice Bridge
8. Dare to Know
9. Heart of the Sunrise

Close to the Edge:
10. Close to the Edge
11. And You and I
12. Siberian Khatru

Encore:
13. Roundabout
14. Starship Trooper

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