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Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman in Cardiff - live review

Live Review

Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Recharged and reunited: the former Yes men return to the UK

ARW are deep into their set when Jon Anderson addresses their 4,000-strong audience. We’re all ears, all in the palm of his small, time-proof hand. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Chris Squire,” he says, and recalls their first conversation in the late 60s, miming looking up to his tall old friend, as if to a giant. “He was my brother,” he adds, with love uncloying.

Half a century on, Yes© are still a going concern, but under this acronym, these pivotal Yes men are back playing that music. Squire’s passing may have both galvanised and cast a shadow over this most tantalising of re-Unions, but this first European date of their ‘Evening Of Yes Music And More’ tour is a source of true joy.

To a roaring reception, Rick Wakeman ambles on, resplendent in de rigueur cape, Trevor Rabin’s all smiles as he Strats up, and they couldn’t have asked for a finer rhythm section. From the intro of opener Cinema, drummer Lou Molino III and bass supremo Lee Pomeroy (knowingly brandishing a white Rickenbacker) will be subtly devastating tonight, matching their patrons at every turn.

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