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Yestival at Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles - live review

Live Review

Venue: Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles

Steve Howe et al revisit Yes' early years at 2017's Yestival with special guests Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy and Todd Rundgren

A seated venue with air conditioning is a welcome treat after a long, hot summer’s day. This is Yestival, and we’re all here to see Steve Howe et al revisit the early, incredibly prolific period in the band’s history by chronologically playing one track from each studio album from 1969’s Yes through to 1980’s Drama.

Before that, however, are two more staunch heavyweights of that era: Carl Palmer, helping to pay homage to his lost bandmates’ history, and Todd Rundgren, who is ostensibly promoting his 27th studio album White Night, but in reality offers much, much more than that.

Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy are up first. Resplendent in a pink floral shirt, Palmer takes his seat behind his drum kit. Flanked by Paul Bielatowicz on guitar and Simon Fitzpatrick on bass, the trio play a power half hour of ELP’s classic compositions in front of a psychedelic display on the screens behind them. As soon as they start with Hoedown and Karn Evil 9, bottoms rise from seats to dance along.

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