Augmented by bassist Lee Pomeroy and force-of-rumbling-nature drummer Lou Molino III, the boys from old Yes and newer Yes meshed well, even despite the low “wah” sound that always, unfortunately emanates through the rafters of The Wellmont. Rabin, a great guitarist, and composer, never will mine the nuances of Steve Howe’s playing, this particularly showed on “And You And I” and “Roundabout,” where Rabin’s heavier touch kept things down a bit, but from the press I have read about the joining of this trio (and creating an album soon-to-be-released) Wakeman has wanted to play with Rabin since the long ago massive ego Yes “Union” tour and Jon Anderson, the only original member of Yes still alive, seems to be pleased as punch to be fronting a band again, making this music, and sounding so great.
I Was There . . .
Tom Jones presented his two-hour powerhouse-of-a-show at Montclair’s Wellmont Theatre to a slightly ‘mature’ crowd…who were rabid to hear the Welsh singer someplace other than Vegas. Not only did we get treated to newer numbers like the stark guitar-and-drums only opener of John Lee Hooker’s “Burning Hell,” and an equally gospel-ly “Run On,” but when Mr. Jones and his cracker-jack 8 piece band of guys less than half his age rolled through well-known numbers like “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “What’s New Pussycat?” and “Delilah,” we got slowed-down, revamped versions you could tell Jones and band were having the time of their life putting new life into.
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