Concert Review: YES Live at The Ford Theatre Los Angeles, CA 6/19/18

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On June 19th in Los Angeles, CA progrock legends YES celebrated their 50th anniversary with a sold out show at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre.

The band took the stage at 7:00 PM and rocked the capacity crowd with a setlist full of deep album cuts that spanned their vast 50 year discography.

Longtime member Steve Howe did most of the talking during the evenings 2 set extravaganza while lead singer Jon Davison let his spectacular singing speak for him. Howe’s guitar playing was stellar and watching his nimble fingers move effortless across the neck of any guitar is worth the price of admission. Davison, who has been with the band since 2012, is absolutely perfect at capturing the essence of original vocalist Jon Anderson. He sings the classic catalogue perfectly note for note without trying to be an Anderson imitator.

Rounding out the current touring line-up are Geoff Downes on keyboards, Billy Sherwood on bass and Jay Schellen filling in for Alan White who is recuperating from some back trouble. Fear not Alan fans because he does make an appearance for the last  4 songs and as an added surprise founding member Tony Kaye joins in for the encore.

After an evening of deep album cuts the encore ends with three classics “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper.” The perfect end to a perfect evening of YES playing as good in 2018 as they did in 1968… actually maybe even better.

-Set List-

**Set #1**
Close To The Edge
Nine Voices (Longwalker)
Mood For A Day
Leaves Of Green
Fly From Here Pt. 1
Sweet Dreams
Heart Of The Sunrise

**Set #2**
Perpetual Change
Does It Really Happen?
Awaken (with Alan White)

Yours Is No Disgrace (with Alan White and Tony Kaye)
Roundabout (with Alan White and Tony Kaye)
Starship Trooper (with Alan White and Tony Kaye)

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Pat FrancisConcert Review: YES Live at The Ford Theatre Los Angeles, CA 6/19/18