National Indoor Arena
Mucho Thanks to Scottie as ever.............The Big Guy really is Santa.
with Tom Brislin and The European Festival Orchestra
Overture (excerpt from "Give Love Each Day")
Close to the Edge
Long Distance Runaround
In the Presence of…(Featuring Alan White on piano)
Steve Howe set:
(orchestra rejoins for Wurm)
And You and I
Ritual (including brief bass and drum solos)
I've seen all good people
Roundabout (without orchestra)
Review from musicaldiscoveries.com.................
And so to 2001, and "Yes Symphonic." This tour presents the band, less Sherwood, with a full (but small) orchestra from Eastern Europe and this group of enthusiastic young musicians were very effective throughout, without ever being overbearing, adding just the right amount of colour to most things they played. What, then, of keyboards? There was still plenty of space for impressive guest Tom Brislin, whose note-perfect renditions of Wakeman's solos kept the audience happy.
As for the rest of the band, they were all in fine form, with Jon Anderson in great voice and, as always, chatty and funny between songs. A slimmer Chris Squire remained as dextrous as ever, while an increasingly wizened Steve Howe still showed that he is a multi-instrumental master. Meanwhile, the excellent Alan White actually played a little piano for a change. Stephen Lambe.