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June 12, 2012 8:06 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

For no particular reason: Yes performing “America” in L.A. in 1996. Howe/Squires guitar/bass work from about 5:30 remains remarkable.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • charlie don't surf on June 12, 2012 8:44 AM:

    Oh man they were awful. I saw Yes live in 1974, and these are not the same guys. These are balding, arthritic old farts playing at a slower tempo because their fingers can't keep up.

  • 2Manchu on June 12, 2012 9:58 AM:

    I could go for some Starship Trooper right now.

    I think I will,


  • Zorro on June 12, 2012 10:00 AM:

    Absolutely incredible. Although there exist recordings- such as on "The Word Is Live"- of the 1970 lineup- Anderson-Squire-Howe-Bruford-Kaye- playing "America" that are much better.


  • Zorro on June 12, 2012 10:08 AM:

    And I nearly forgot: my friend Rob was @ this performance. Got me autographs from the whole band, too- nice fella. :)


  • Slideguy on June 12, 2012 1:33 PM:

    Was there a song in there somewhere?