The progressive rock band Yes were recently inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame this past March. All of the band’s surviving members were present and even performed on stage together, but the love would not last. The remaining members ended up splitting the name and going their own ways. Long-time Yes guitarist Steve Howe took his version of the band on the road as the headliners of Yestival tour, while original Yes singer Jon Anderson and long-time keyboardist Rick Wakeman and guitarist Trevor Rabin went back out on the road as Yes featuring Anderson Rabin and Wakeman (ARW).
Saturday night at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre became a nostalgic trip for many in attendance as Yes featuring ARW made a much welcomed return trip to the area. The hour long first set began with the short instrumental “Cinema,” which led into “Perpetual Change,” featuring the amazing guitar work of Trevor Rabin. Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman with his shimmering cape, led the way through “Hold On” and “South Side Of The Sky,” which leader singer Jon mentioned it came out before most of the audience was born. After the extended jam of “And You And I,” Yes closed the first set with a couple of fan favorites “Changes” and a rocking version of “Rhythm Of Love.”
The second set only featured four songs, beginning with the melodic tones of "I Am Waiting" from the band's 1994 album "Talk." Then the more epic pieces of the evening brought the audience on a sonic adventure with the deep rock groove of "Heart Of The Sunshine" and the twenty-plus minute "Awaken," highlighted by Wakeman's keyboard solos. Yes featuring ARW finished the set with their most well-known hit single "Owner Of A Lonely Heart." The song's extended jam took Rabin and Wakeman into the audience to perform solos, before reconvening onstage to add a line from Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love."
The evening's two hour-plus performance concluded with the fan favorite "Roundabout" as Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman gave their all with a great support team of Lee Pomeroy on bass and Louis Molino III on drums. With a 50th anniversary looming in the near future, fans can certainly expect more for the Yes camp in the next couple years.
Setlist: Cinema, Perpetual Change, Hold On, South Side Of The Sky, And You And I, Changes, Rhythm Of Love, I Am Waiting, Heart Of The Sunshine, Awaken, Owner Of A Lonely Heart Encore: Roundabout