Absolutely awesome! Yes play the Sage Gateshead

The first time I saw Yes was at the City Hall in Newcastle, in December 1973! It was the tour that first brought us ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’. Ironic that for their 50th anniversary tour they should choose to play a fair chunk of that album in the second set.

The first set rattled along with a rendition of Yes favourites, such as ‘Yours Is No Disgrace’, my personal favourite ‘Wondrous Stories’, ‘South Side Of The Sky’ and ended with a glorious ‘And You And I’. There was a heartfelt dedication to original bass player Chris Squire, who died a couple of years ago. Worth mentioning Billy Sherwood here, who picked up bass duties admirably.

As alluded to earlier, the second set was bookended by sides one and four of the Topographic album, with a little bit of side three (‘Leaves Of Green’) in the middle. This album is much more familiar to me than in 1973, and all the better for that. The show ended with ‘Roundabout’ and a rousing ‘Starship Trouper’. A really enjoyable concert and the audience, most of whom, like me, were a certain age, lapped it up. #YES50

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