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Gallery and Review: Yes Golden Anniversary Tour at The Paramount Theater Peekskill, NY 7/17/18

After severe thunderstorms came down strong on the Hudson Valley area for most of the entire day, the rains would finally let up come the evening  just in time to set out to see Yes perform live at The Paramount Theater in Peekskill, New York. This incarnation of Yes, kept going by guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White after the death of founding bassist Chris Squire’s death in 2015, along with vocalist Jon Davison, bassist Billy Sherwood, and keyboardist Geoff Downes are currently on the road celebrating 50 years with “The Golden Anniversary Tour”.

Yes played an amazing set of 70’s hits that lasted for almost two and a half hours to a pack house at The Paramount Theater. Yes open the show with one of their biggest hits “Close to the Edge”  and treated fans to mesmerizing light show that beautifully lit the stage along with large led screens that hosted a number of psychedelic like visiuals. Along with this amazing light show, was the bands tight sound and  flawless performance led by frontman Jon Davison who’s incredible vocal range proved that he is nothing short of a perfect fit for the band. Jay Schellen who did an amazing job filling in on drums for Alan White throughout the first part of the set as well as tree of the four in the second set. White who is unable to play for long periods due to a recent back surgery would in fact take to the stage and take over on drums for the final song of the second set “Awaken” as Schellen would switch over to tambourine.

With the final song of the second set over the band joined in hands as they took a bow to their fans standing ovation of cheers and made their way off stage. As the band returned to stage for their encore, with White still on drums, Howe announced they had a special guest they would like to welcome out on stage “Ladies and Gentlemen Mr. Tony Kaye”. Fans then rose out of their seats cheering with amazement, while fans in the closer rows rushed down to the stage others took to the aisles to dance as Kaye one of the founding members of the original band took to a single keyboard and joined all the members for a three song encore that opened with the ten minute long “Yours Is No Disgrace” followed by “Roundabout” and would close with “Starship Trooper”


Set 1:

  1. Close to the Edge
  2. Nine Voices (Longwalker)
  3. Parallels
  4. Mood for a Day
  5. Leaves of Green
  6. Fly From Here, Part 1: We Can Fly
  7. Sweet Dreams
  8. Heart of the Sunrise

Set 2:

  1. Perpetual Change
  2. Does It really Happen?
  3. Soon
  4. Awaken (Alan White)


  1. Yours Is No Disgrace (Tony Kaye and Alan White)
  2. Roundabout (Tony Kaye and Alan White)
  3. Starship Trooper (Tony Kaye and Alan White)


Remaining Tour Dates:

The Fillmore  Philadelphia, Pa.     July 20

The Fillmore  Philadelphia, Pa.     July 21

YesFanFest – 50 True Summers

Warner Theatre  Washington, DC  July 23

Classic Amphitheater  Richmond, Va.  July 24

Capital Theatre  Clearwater, Fl.  July 26

The Plaza Live  Orlando, Fl.  July 27

Atlanta Symphony Hall  Atlanta, Ga.  July 28






About Mark Smitty Neal

NewYork Based Photographer. Music Enthusiast with a background in Graphic Design. Whether I'm shooting a live event or just out wondering the streets its about capturing the moment.

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