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    Yeah - I am pretty forgiving of most older...

    Yeah - I am pretty forgiving of most older vocalists as time does take its toll. JA has really recovered well and sings far better than I ever expected he would a decade or so ago. Most artists...
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    That's the "doing anything about it" I meant. ...

    That's the "doing anything about it" I meant. Sorry - thought that was clear.

    Ryan was really good at handling the vocal duties, while still making it obvious Ian was the front man. I'm pretty...
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    You didn't pay much attention then - plenty of...

    You didn't pay much attention then - plenty of people complained about Walsh's voice.

    One of the biggest reasons Ian's voice is such a hot button for at least some folks, is that he clearly...
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    Exactly. Brutal. We went to a show at a...

    Exactly. Brutal. We went to a show at a festival last year because it sounded like a fun night. We left before the end - we never do that. I won't see him again unless he owns the fact he can't...
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    lol - nothing ironic about it. I see a lot...

    lol - nothing ironic about it.

    I see a lot of instrumental shows and love instrumental sections of songs. That said, Jethro Tull has a lot of singing and forgetting lyrical content, the...
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    Playing them = cool. Singing them = not so much....

    Playing them = cool. Singing them = not so much. It is only worse because he clearly figured out that he needed help for a couple of tours and they were excellent. Now that he’s back to full time...
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    Yep. We saw the crappy show this summer and left...

    Yep. We saw the crappy show this summer and left early. Will never see him again without Ryan or another singer.
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    I’ll have to get the cast recording. Saw the...

    I’ll have to get the cast recording. Saw the show about a year ago and it was brilliant.
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    They were absolutely fantastic last CTTE. Both...

    They were absolutely fantastic last CTTE. Both sets, including the infamous 2:30 am set the first night after the fog delayed departure. We’ll definitely catch them again- hopefully twice.
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    A few follow up notes: The music venues on the...

    A few follow up notes:

    The music venues on the Pearl are better than on the RCL ship. They get used for it more often and are better acoustically, IMO. The Atrium (Crystal Atrium, I suppose) is...
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    I'd just recommend again maybe joining FB (you...

    I'd just recommend again maybe joining FB (you don't have to get a bunch of "friends" just go on and lurk) and join the official community page as well as follow the cruise page. For better or...
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    BTW - if you have any specific questions, jberg,...

    BTW - if you have any specific questions, jberg, feel free to message me.

    A couple other thoughts:

    Schedules will be mailed out within about a week of the cruise - sometimes very close to the...
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    The cruise is out of Miami this year and the pre...

    The cruise is out of Miami this year and the pre cruise party is at the old dog track/park which apparently has been renovated. Brand X is headlining it. Also, the cruise is later this year,...
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    Also, be sure to make the pre-cruise party. ...

    Also, be sure to make the pre-cruise party. You’ll get a chance to reserve free tickets and it is a great way to kick things off.
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    Join the Facebook page “the official cruise to...

    Join the Facebook page “the official cruise to the edge community “. Whether or not you like Facebook, it is the main source of information for the trip.

    This is my fifth - first one was 2014. ...
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    Some of the most fun moments come at the piano...

    Some of the most fun moments come at the piano late at night.

    I'd seen them before, but they were definitely worth catching again - and you always know Machacek will be awesome. Looking forward...
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    Their CTTE sets were some of the biggest...

    Their CTTE sets were some of the biggest highlights of the last cruise.
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    That would have to be billed as Kansas featuring...

    That would have to be billed as Kansas featuring Toto. Don't care that they'd play separate sets or who was actually headlining.
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    Ha!

    Ha!
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    Is there anything more prog fan than a thread...

    Is there anything more prog fan than a thread critiquing a satirical story about a prog band?
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    I saw the Leftoverture tour and it was fantastic...

    I saw the Leftoverture tour and it was fantastic and over two hours, though I don’t know the exact length. Looking forward to seeing the POKR tour here in April. I also enjoyed their last studio...
  22. I was discussing Jon D. Of course Benoît tried to...

    I was discussing Jon D. Of course Benoît tried to sing like JA in a voice that wasn’t his natural one. JD, however, is singing the same parts in his natural range. He isn’t mimicking.
  23. He has a similar range as JA which is one of the...

    He has a similar range as JA which is one of the reasons it is so eye-rolling worthy when people say/write that he's up there mimicking JA.
  24. Sign of the Crow from a couple years ago is...

    Sign of the Crow from a couple years ago is fantastic.
  25. This. Many albums in the CD era could stand to...

    This. Many albums in the CD era could stand to be shortened to LP length and I was fine seeing that the second CD wasn't full-length. I have had a few listens and like this a lot. Way up there for...
  26. Yeah - there was a lot of that, along with a lot...

    Yeah - there was a lot of that, along with a lot of demo/alternate takes from artists' catalogs thrown on the end of CDs. From time to time those included some excellent versions of songs that now...
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    Beyond safe - at least when you consider how...

    Beyond safe - at least when you consider how little it changed over this entire run. I enjoyed the shows I saw, but over three shows there couldn’t have been more than 4-5 songs that were different...
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    Ryan was perfect for the part. He knew how to be...

    Ryan was perfect for the part. He knew how to be the lead while not stepping on Ian's toes which made for a couple of really enjoyable tours. Whatever the reason, I was bummed to see him go and if...
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    I'd rather have the ringer guy take entire leads....

    I'd rather have the ringer guy take entire leads. I'd love to see one more show of his with a singer, but anything more than a few songs is too many to make it enjoyable for me at this point. I...
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    Nope. Not going to one of Ian’s shows that...

    Nope. Not going to one of Ian’s shows that doesn’t include a different singer. Saw him try and do it this past summer and it was brutal. The tours with Ryan singing were outstanding but this last...
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    Same

    Same
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    It is his side project that usually plays one date (or one set of dates) each year around Christmas in LA if I recall correctly. Very much looking forward to seeing them.
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    I put the part about not meaning it snarkily in...

    I put the part about not meaning it snarkily in there for a reason. I didn't take you as a no Jon/no Yes poster and didn't claim you hadn't supported them post Anderson. That said, you mentioned...
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    For a lot of people no Jon means they can't enjoy...

    For a lot of people no Jon means they can't enjoy Yes (I don't mean that snarkily which sometimes comes with any No Jon A discussion) and that is fine. If you asked me a couple decades ago would I...
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    Looking forward to the Milwaukee show.

    Looking forward to the Milwaukee show.
  36. PE: where posters can explain that Pete Townsend...

    PE: where posters can explain that Pete Townsend doesn’t know what type of music he wrote. :)
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    I had no problems loading the RS page or being...

    I had no problems loading the RS page or being overwhelmed with pop up ads, etc.
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    He really is Captain Happy. :)

    He really is Captain Happy. :)
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    Marbin is fantastic. I've seen them several...

    Marbin is fantastic. I've seen them several times and they are always worth it.
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    You were hardly "discussing prog".

    You were hardly "discussing prog".
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    Gave enough of a crap to find a thread that...

    Gave enough of a crap to find a thread that hasn't been active in about two months and comment on it. :)
  42. What is the appropriate set of mannerisms for...

    What is the appropriate set of mannerisms for someone playing a song he didn’t record? Did he look like he was enjoying himself too much-playing in a band he loved?

    I get that Billy is somewhat...
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    Same. Love this album.

    Same. Love this album.
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    Well, that’s the obvious thought. Not knowing...

    Well, that’s the obvious thought. Not knowing what kind of budget is involved when traveling out of their home base and what kind of unexpected costs could come up, it may not be correct, however. ...
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    That was a fantastic show. I’ve seen them in...

    That was a fantastic show. I’ve seen them in Milwaukee since also with a full hose. But, that doesn’t automatically mean profit
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    I would include Jon based on his first twenty or...

    I would include Jon based on his first twenty or so years of writing, but IMO his style changed since the early 90s and with few exceptions I haven't enjoyed his lyrical output so much for the last...
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    I’ll have to think about who all is on my list,...

    I’ll have to think about who all is on my list, but Cousins will definitely be there.
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    In relation to Wakeman. :)

    In relation to Wakeman. :)
  49. That’s an odd statement. Like any form of...

    That’s an odd statement. Like any form of interview there are people who are really good at it and others who aren’t. And there are many different formats for podcasts. They are hardly one size...
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    I recommend giving Israeli Jazz or Goatman and...

    I recommend giving Israeli Jazz or Goatman and the House of the Dead a spin. I think the first one I got was Goatman, but you may be surprised at how good they sound on those recordings. Israeli...
  51. Cool, but I balk at someone talking about Yes...

    Cool, but I balk at someone talking about Yes playing covers in a dismissive manner and including those two - particularly America. That song, done the way they do it, is definitely their own (and I...
  52. Of course it is, but it is hardly a cover like...

    Of course it is, but it is hardly a cover like Imagine is a cover.
  53. Do you really need that answered? I assume you...

    Do you really need that answered? I assume you know that song's history with the band - it is hardly like playing Imagine, or something like Gimme Some Loving from the past. If you want to throw No...
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    I can see that. I was definitely surprised at...

    I can see that. I was definitely surprised at how much I enjoyed their studio work, but I probably shouldn't have been as you point out.
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    I disagree. Live is certainly better, but I was...

    I disagree. Live is certainly better, but I was surprised at how well their studio albums captured them. To each his own, of course, but there are a number of bands who's sound suffers in the...
  56. lol - Are you really counting America as a cover?

    lol - Are you really counting America as a cover?
  57. :D

    :D
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    They like to play away from their sets - first...

    They like to play away from their sets - first time I heard them at all Dani was just playing in the bar area before a show. You can find them outside at cafes or wherever they can play - and Dani...
  59. Your first six words inform everything else you...

    Your first six words inform everything else you post related to Yes. Not much point in saying more as you clearly joined to tell everyone No Jon/No Yes and that is a tired take (though you are...
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    I've seen them several times (here in Madison a...

    I've seen them several times (here in Madison a couple of times and on CTTE last spring again a couple of times). They are definitely fantastic live and Dani's story time bits are a ton of fun as...
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