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Yes, Concord Amphitheater (Masterworks Tour)

The concert was great. We drove out to Concord, which is inland east from San Rafael, near Walnut Creek and Mt Diablo and it was a very pleasant drive, the afternoon wasn't blisteringly hot. The venue is an outdoor one, and it was fabulous. It was really a double bill set with Kansas opening. They played really well (including "Carry On Wayward Son" which some of you may know).

I had bought the tickets online way in advance, as soon as they were available. We had great seats in front of Chris Squire, the bass player. Normally I like to get as close as possible to the YES guitarist, Steve Howe (because he is godlike in his talent) but Mr Squire is pretty dam' good also. Particularly given the setlist:

Close to the Edge / Starship Trooper / Gates Of Delirium / Leaves of Green / Ritual / I've Seen All Good People / Roundabout

It was a nostalgia concert really, and maybe the last chance to see some of these pieces being performed. Wouldn't have missed it for anything. (I feel so lucky to be able to see it!) Josh and Derek seemed to enjoy it too, but then again I didn't notice them delving into the CD shelves for the old YES albums from the 70's in order to hear the songs again <g>.

[August 2003 Update: Derek seems quite interested in Yes and has taken my old Yes CD's back to the East coast with him.]