Who would like to be spending their evening at a live show right about now? Of course you would. With opportunities to see your favourite bands being few and far between right now, the next best thing that we have is our trusty live albums. And if you’ve worn out your copy of Thin Lizzy’s “Live and Dangerous”, Kiss “Alive” or Cheap Trick “At Budokan” then maybe it’s time to turn your attention elsewhere.
Embracing this sentiment to the fullest, progressive rock titans YES are back with an all-new concert album recorded at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas during the band’s 2019 US tour.
With ten tracks on the album, “Live From Las Vegas” opens with the majestic sounds of “No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed” showcasing Geoff Downes shimmering keyboard work.
YES come together seamlessly throughout, playing at the top of their games, but particularly during intricate and complex numbers such as “Tempus Fugit” and “Siberian Khatru”. Howe’s dazzling slide skills and Davison’s phenomenal range are illustrated during “Going for the One”. Of course, the album would not be complete without the inclusion of YES anthems such as “I’ve Seen All Good People”, “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper”.
‘The Royal Affair Tour: Live from Las Vegas’ is the perfect representation of key cuts and live favourites from the extensive YES back catalogue and a great record of a time when we could still enjoy live music. If you are missing your live music fix, then this album is your antidote.