Yes draws a full house in Hammond

2013-03-20T15:45:00Z 2013-03-20T16:42:06Z Yes draws a full house in HammondEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Music fans didn't seem to mind that classic rock band Yes wasn't scheduled to perform a show of strictly hits March 16 in Hammond.

The British band, known for its progressive fusion of psychedelic rock, jazz, classical and folk music, nonetheless packed The Venue at Horseshoe Casino for the Yes concert featuring performances of three of the band's albums in their entirety.

In the spotlight were albums "Close to the Edge," Going for the One," and "The Yes Album."

Yes, comprised of members Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White, Geoff Downes, and lead singer Jon Davison, (vocalist Jon Anderson is no longer with the band) delivered an engaging set which lasted a little over two hours.

One can never accuse Yes of performing a short show. The lion's share of their tunes are lengthy and when performed live in concert the band can often embellish them a little more.

This show was one of the most well attended concerts in the last few months in the region. The crowd filled not only the main floor and mezzanine but the suites and the balcony. It's not often the legendary group makes it way to Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

While the band saw its heyday in the late '60s and early '70s, the members today are still strong on the live concert stage. At The Venue, Yes' harmonizing vocals and music proved stellar. Lead singer Davison was more than capable of hitting all the classic notes and infused his performance with enthusiasm. And noted guitarist Howe, a real talent on the strings, can still wow audience members.

Songs performed by Yes included "Close to the Edge" and "Siberian Khatru" from "Close to the Edge"; "Turn of the Century," "Parallels" and "Awaken," from "Going for The One," and  "Yours Is No Disgrace," Starship Trooper," and the definite crowd pleaser "I've Seen All Good People," from "The Yes Album."

Images of each of the three Yes albums, colorful and artistically designed, flashed across the stage prior to the group performing them.

While signature tune "Roundabout" is on 1971's "Fragile" album and doesn't appear in any form on the latest tour's featured albums setlist, Yes made their fans happy by performing the hit as the show's encore.

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