Don't call it a comeback; Yes have been touring for
to be exact), albeit with a rotating cast of personnel. The seminal '70s
band has seen legitimate resurgences in each decade, and still puts in
serious roadwork well into their fourth.
don't give a lot of love to Yes; they're old, and lack the rock
legend status of many of their contemporaries. It's a shame because,
they're an important band. So here are
five reasons why you should see Yes tomorrow night at the Greek Theatre.
Because you're an earnest music nerd. This
too uncool even to like ironically. Hipster-types aren't going to
go anywhere near Yes, Rush or anything Peter Gabriel (that's the
between him and Phil Collins, by the way).
Because you still party. Normal
music nerds grow up to be something more than music nerds. But Yes isnt
something that's outgrown like, say, Blue Oyster Cult. Sure, the pony
gray and the pot is possessed legally (as legitimate glaucoma
medication), but Close to the Edge remains your favorite
soundtrack for self-exploration. C'mon, people. Its Siddhartha
set to music.
Because elitism is something to embrace. Yes
band of prima donnas; each member is considered the
best of the best on the U.K.
rock scene. On their landmark
record Fragile, the band insisted that half their songs
be solo compositions for each
flex nuts on. Its kind of the same approach a music blogger takes at a
when the conversation turns to music.
Because opener Peter Frampton comes alive. I
most of either you or your parents had the Frampton
Comes Alive! record, so you grew up with these songs. It's a
mathematics. If you know that UB40 didn't write “Baby, I Love Your Way,”
Because you don't mind that lead vocalist Jon
on tour: Yeah, this sucks. But lots of classic rock acts tour with
from the tribute bands ranks. Hard-core prog-rock fans still can watch
Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White.