On October 7 three members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Progressive Rock band Yes made a stop at the Seneca Events Center in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino.
Growing up in a Classical music home, I missed out on some of the early stars of Rock and Roll. So when Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman of Yes were joined by Lee Pomeroy and Louis Molino III; I was given the opportunity to listen and learn.
So listen and learn I did…and discovered a form of Rock and Roll that I was only vaguely familiar with or even knew existed.
Lead singer Jon Anderson told the nearly packed house in the Events Center that they were there to celebrate the music of Yes. In that celebration I discovered new music; but far more than that…I discovered the true genius of a keyboard player named Rick Wakeman whose compositions were not far from that Classical music world I knew as a child, with soaring melodies and intricate harmonies.
Though I did not know the names of the songs, it did not detract from the enjoyment derived from them.
Many of the fans in attendance not only knew the names of the songs but were ready to stand, clap,and sing along to the tunes; which often began with murmurs of oooo’s and aaahhhh’s from the crowd. A few of the songs on the playlist were “South Side of the Sky”, “Rhythm of Love”, and “Owner of a Lonely Heart”.
While the show lasted for two hours with no intermission, it was still not enough for the fans who wanted more. The band performed the Yes hit “Roundabout” for an encore.
It has been many years since all of the members of Yes were together, but with fresh faces added to the original members, the music lives on for years to come…for long time fans to treasure and for new fans to discover.
All photos by Sherrill Fulghum
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