Power of Metal.dk Live Review

Location: Sentrum Scene, Oslo Norway
Spring 2014

 Steve Hackett & Yes

Legendary Prog Rock - Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway - Spring 2014 

My last concert at the Sentrum Scene, in March of 2011, is more than a terrific souvenir: Slayer and Megadeth!!!

This wonderful concert hall is a former movie theatre with great acoustic, for an audience of maximum 1 800 people. You can choose here between the pit and the balcony: I always prefer the first one...

I come back to this place I really appreciate, unfortunately a bit far from my home, not this time to worship Thrash and Speed Metal masters, but to get something different, indeed, and  strong as well.

Let us use the time machine: few days ago with Yes, a bit more than a month ago with Steve Hackett, and more or less four decades ago, when some of the best (progressive rock) records were released.


Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited, 1. May, 2014 

Four music fans in a car, Albert, Ketil, Roald and your humble servant, are taking a trip from Arendal to Moss, where other friends, Elisabeth and Hans Jakob are about to welcome them like princes: thank you so much!

After a really nice lunch, it is time to catch the train to Oslo for a beer or two with more friends on the Karl Johans gate, before a memorable evening.

Steve Hackett was Genesis guitarist from December 1970 to October 1977, the peak of the band's progressive time. His solo career is also very rich in terms of creativity and collaboration with many musicians like... Yes members.

The mesmerizing 'Dance on a Volcano' from 'A Trick of the Tail' (1976) is opening the show, followed by 'Dancing with the Moonlit Knight' from the definitely must have 'Selling England by the Pound' (1973).

The track listing is well-balanced, between atmospheric moments and intense parts, with a good mix between the two previously mentioned albums, 'Nursery Cryme' (1971), Foxtrot (1972), 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway' (1974) and 'Wind and Wuthering' (1976). For the record, 'The Knife' is on 'Trespass' (1970), with Anthony Phillips as guitarist.

Steve is here with his golden Fernandes Les Paul and his unique touch: simply magic! He is taking also his six nylon strings, confirming he is an excellent classic guitarist too.

Nad Sylvan has the very delicate task to seize Peter Gabriel's and Phil Collins' voices and be himself at the same time: mission accomplished, with feeling and a nice Gabriel's theatrical touch. Roger King, Gary O'Toole, Rob Townsend and Nick Beggs, highly talented musicians and multi-instrumentalists are completing the picture.

It is definitely not Steve Hackett and some guests or side musicians. You can feel their complicity and the audience shares it, enjoying each note, each second.

This out of time music works the same in 2014 as when it was released forty years ago. That is its strength. We are truly lucky to have Steve Hackett.


01. Dance on a Volcano

02. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight

03. Squonk

04. Fly on a Windshield

05. Broadway Melody of 1974

06. The Lamia

07. The Return of the Giant Hogweed

08. The Musical Box

09. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)

10. Horizons

11. Firth of Fifth

12. Lilywhite Lilith

13. The Knife

14. … In That Quiet Earth

15. Afterglow

16. Supper's Ready

17. Watcher of the Skies

18. Los Endos


Yes, 5. June, 2014 

Steve Howe is back from his escape with Asia and I am so happy to know he is going to play for me tonight! The plan is as simple as it is marvellous: 'Close To The Edge' (1972), 'Going for the One' (1977) and 'The Yes Album' (1971) will be performed in their entirety and in sequence!

I bought the program after the show, where it is written that playing these records this way has the following effect: ”While opening notes may not necessary be met with surprise, they do seem to be generating even greater reaction and energy in the hall. And that energy is feeding back to the band, who is in turn performing these classics with the intensity and passion of a new arrival”. 

Well, I could not agree more, like the majority of die-hard fans around me. I guess I have the same feeling tonight as the one I had when kid, I discovered these musical jewels on vinyl records or tapes. But now, it is live! And from the first jazzy notes of  'The Solid Time of Change', I know I am going to experience something really special.

If 'Close To The Edge' IS the progressive rock album, 'Going for the One' is more direct, more rockin'. So the transition between both records works perfectly well.

The Yes backbone, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, is unbeatable, unbreakable. I do not care about what some cranky people could say about this trio: I know what it has been bringing to me during all these years and what it gives me tonight.

I understand many fans miss Rick Wakeman, but Geoff Downes really knows also what keyboards are. He is much more than an interim musician.

Jon Anderson is the Yes' unique voice. I did not know what to expect from “the young” Jon Davison. Well, he has really impressed me with his wonderful voice, his talent, his sincere enthusiasm to be here. His presence is very refreshing.

After twenty minutes intermission, the band is back for 'The Yes Album': 43 years old and not a single wrinkle!

We are getting a superb encore with 'Roundabout' from 'Fragile' (1971). It would have been fine with a second zugabe, by playing for example one of my favourite song 'To be over' from the record 'Relayer', but you know, the more you get... especially with Yes' fantastic discography.

This great show from a great band touched me deeply.

The next progressive rendez-vous will be at the Bluebox in Grimstad with Derek William Dick, better known as Fish, 17. oktober, 2014, after Canal Street Arendal and Wacken.


     Intro. The Firebird Suite - Igor Stravinsky

01. Close To The Edge: I. The Solid Time of Change / II. Total Mass Retain / III. I Get Up I Get Down / IV. Seasons of Man

02. And You And I: I. Cord of Life / II. Eclipse / III. The Preacher The Teacher / IV. Apocalypse

03. Siberian Khatru

04. Going for the One

05. Turn of the Century

06. Parallels

07. Wonderous Stories

08. Awaken

09. Yours Is No Disgrace

10. Clap

11. Starship Trooper: I. Life Seeker / II. Disillusion / III. Würm

12. I've Seen All Good People: I. Your Move / II. All Good People

13. A Venture

14. Perpetual Change

15.   Roundabout

Attending: Philippe Leconte