On This Day (June 12)…ARW feat. Newcastle

Yes featuring ARW performed on this day in 2018 at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle, England.

ARW onstage. From left to right: Trevor Rabin, Louis Molino III, Jon Anderson, Iain Hornal, and Rick Wakeman. Photo by Tommo. Retrieved from here.

ARW, consisting of Yes alumni Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman, were at this time on a tour of Europe. This was the first of three dates in the UK (1). As Yes featuring ARW officially disbanded at some point in 2019 or early 2020 (2), this was also the final time the group toured in Europe.

The setlist drew primarily from Yes’ work from the early 1970s and 1980s. The most well-represented album was 90125 with four songs, followed by Fragile with three. One song from the albums The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, Big Generator, Yesyears, Talk, and Going for the One all showed up as well. Due to the inclusion of “I’ve Seen All Good People” from The Yes Album and “Make it Easy” from Yesyears, no one member of the group had been on the original recordings of the full setlist (3).

Whatever your prejudices band or material wise, this is a class act.

Review of the concert. Retrieved from here.

A review of the concert stated that the venue was nearly or entirely sold out. It also remarked positively upon the quality of the music and the atmospheric quality of the stage (4).

This concert was recorded and is in circulation online.

Bootleg cover. Retrieved from here.

This was the only time that ARW performed at Newcastle City Hall. Yes, however, had performed there a staggering twenty times prior to this concert. I talk more about this very visited venue here.

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