Tuesday August 2, 2011 / 7:00pmYes and Styx, Plus Special Guest Shane Alexander
Section C Rear - Today Only
How was your experience?
Shane Alexander opened with 15 minutes of his own songs, solo acoustic guitar. I didn't know the songs, but he sounded pretty good. Styx played all the ones that you know. They were polished, perhaps a bit over-the-top with the stage antics, but they seemed to enjoy themselves as much as a lot of the audience. Then came Yes, the real reason we went along. I have seen Yes many times before, this was was the first time with their new vocalist. Sadly, his was not their finest hour. Firstly, the mix was awful. Some of the keyboards were barely audible and the backing vocals were often as loud as everything else. But that didn't make up for the fact that it just didn't sound like Yes. Geoff Downes might be a good keyboard player, but he is no Rick Wakeman. He sounded like he was going through the motions, no soul in his playing. Benoit David tried his best, but no-one can sing the songs like Jon Anderson. Benoit's annunciation sounds too perfect, Jon has a fragility in his voice, coupled with a Lancashire accent that brings a uniqueness to the songs that cannot be replicated. Steve Howe played his heart out and Chris Squire tried to keep it exciting, but in all they were a poor reflection of themselves.