Yes Honor Chris Squire in Their First Concert Since His Death
Yes' first concert in the post-Chris Squire era opened, fittingly, with a tribute to their bassist and sole constant member, who died in June. The show took place last night at the Grand Theater at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Ct.
As Classic Rock is reporting, the evening began with all the lights off except for a spotlight on a white Rickenbacker bass -- Squire's choice of instrument -- in the place on the stage where Squire stood (you can see a picture of it here). Pictures of Squire were shown on the video screens as "Onward," a song he wrote for Tormato, played through the PA system.
After the third song, singer Jon Davison said, “We’re all celebrating the magic of music, but also the remembrance of a great friend. We love you, Chris.” Later on, he referred to Billy Sherwood, who is playing bass, as a "badass cat."
Drummer Alan White told Ultimate Classic Rock earlier in the week that it was "not going to be easy" performing without Squire, with whom he worked for 43 years, but that they would figure it out. "We have to get it just right," he said, "because there were certain things with Chris and myself that only he and I knew about -- little things in the music. We have to go through that kind of stuff, the little “Chris-isms” in the music that I have to work out with Billy. We just have to look at it. Billy is a very adequate player and has a great voice. He kind of knows all of Chris’ parts; he was his mentor as he was growing up playing. He knows all of Chris’ harmonies, too.
1. "Intro / Firebird Suite"
2. "Don't Kill the Whale"
3. "Tempus Fugit"
5. "Going for the One"
6. "Time and a Word"
7. "The Clap"
8. "I've Seen All Good People"
9. "Siberian Khatru"
10. "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
12. "Starship Trooper"
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