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Royal Albert Hall, London
Tuesday 10th May 2016

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Despite the sad passing last year of founder member Chris Squire, the big man was certainly not forgotten. Support act Moon Safari played an inimitable and powerful set of modern day prog ended with a neat dedication to Squire with an acapella version of 'Constant Bloom ' delivered with high harmonies.

A spotlight shone down on a lone white Rickenbacker bass where Chris Squire once stood as fans gathered their thoughts during a playback of 'Onward' whilst images of the great man were displayed on the screen.

Yes were here to play two albums in their entirety namely the controversial 'Drama' and the much earlier 'Fragile'.

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Broadly stomping into 'Machine Messiah', Geoff Downes soon expressed on his wall of keyboards for 'White Car'. A focused 'Into The Lens' stood out and Trevor Horn joined in on vocals for the first time in thirty six years for a histrionic 'Tempus Flight', meant that four fifths of the line up that recorded 'Drama' were on the stage.


Mid section, vocalist Jon Davison adorned the acoustic for 'Time And A Word', Davison warming fans with his authentic voice and hippy flare. Specially added to the set for the night was 'Soon' which featured some riveting work from Steve Howe on the steel guitar.


'Owner Of A Lonely Heart' was a little out of place but a welcome respite although I do wish the current line up would attempt a new approach to this song rather than rely on the pre recorded sonic electronic drum sounds but at least it gives the partner something to get excited about for a few minutes before we get back to the nitty gritty wondrous sounds.

'Roundabout' signalled the start of 'Fragile' which featured some heavy duty bass from Billy Sherwood who shone throughout who paid great respect and added his own personality to 'The Fish'.


Drummer Alan White provided the perfect backbone on 'Five Percent Of Nothing', Steve Howe's acoustic 'Mood For A Day' soothed into a pleasurable 'Heart Of The Sunrise'. An overwhelming 'Starship Trooper' earned Yes a well earned standing ovation.







Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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