The Royal Affair Tour - Live From Las Vegas

The Royal Affair Tour - Live From Las Vegas
The Royal Affair Tour – Live From Las Vegas

All YES concert tours are special events for their legions of fans, and “The Royal Affair Tour” was no exception, conceived as a wonderful celebration of the best of British progressive music. Guests on the tour were Asia (with YES keyboardist Geoff Downes and a special appearance by Steve Howe), John Lodge of The Moody Blues and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy featuring Arthur Brown.

Personnel

Steve Howe
Guitar

Alan White
Drums

Geoff Downes
Keyboards

Billy Sherwood
Bass, Vocals

Jon Davison
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Jay Schellen
Drums

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The Royal Affair Tour - Live From Las Vegas
The Royal Affair Tour – Live From Las Vegas
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THE ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR - LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS

The album, recorded at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas on 26 July 2019 during “The Royal Affair Tour”, features many classic tracks across the period 1970–1980. The set opened with “No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed,” the Richie Havens cover from YES’ second album Time And A Word (1970). “Tempus Fugit” was taken from Drama (1980), Geoff Downes’ first as a member of YES, while “Going For The One,” “I’ve Seen All Good People” and “Siberian Khatru” are from some ofYES’ iconic mid-70s albums. The set included a rare live performance of YES’ cover of Paul Simon’s “America” and John Lodge shared vocals on YES’ cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Soon-to-be YES drummer Alan White played on the original studio recording.

The set reaches a climax with two of the best-loved YES tracks, “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper,” always a high note on which to close the set.

“The Royal Affair Tour” also featured an exhibition of original art by Roger Dean whose artwork is synonymous having designed the iconic YES logo and the band’s best-loved album covers. Roger Dean recently painted The Royal Affair Tour – Live From Las Vegas album artwork live on Facebook while also fielding questions from fans.

Lyrics

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NO OPPORTUNITY NECESSARY, NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED

Step out in the night
When you’re lonely
Listening for the sounds
That your ears don’t hear
I know your cross is heavier
With every step
Every step
But I know a man
And he’d walk miles for you

Stop, you stay where you are
Take a look at yourself
Take a good look at yourself
Can tell your momma
She’d only tell ya
That she told you so
The life you’re leading
She won’t believe
The riches of life
We all know

Dawn turns to day
And the dawning
Daytime, nighttime
And we still can’t see
Why must we wait until the morning light
To wake up and be
Wake up and be
Wake up and be

Step out in the night
When you’re lonely
Listen for the sounds
That your ears don’t hear
I know your cross is heavier
With every step
Every step
But I know a man
Who’d walk miles for you

Stop, you stay where you are
Take a look at yourself
Take a good look at yourself
Can tell your momma
She’d only tell ya
That she told you so
The life you’re leading
She won’t believe
The riches of life
We all know

Can tell your momma
She’d only tell ya
That she told you so
The life you’re leading
She won’t believe
The riches of life
We all know


WRITTEN BY

Richie Havens


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion


TEMPUS FUGIT

Born in the night
She would run like a leopard
That freaks at the sight
Of a mind close beside herself
And the nearer I came
How the country would change
She was using the landscape
To hide herself.

More in the mind
Than the body this feeling
A sense at the end
Of a circular line
That is drawn at an angle
I see when I’m with you
To navigate waters and finally answer to-yes.

If you were there you would want to be near me
Innocence, you could hold all the materials
And though nothing would really be living
It would shock Your fall into landing light
In the north sky time flies fast to the morning
The cold of the dawn it meant nothing to us
You were keeping your best situation
An answer to-yes

(Yes, Yes) And the moment I see you
(Yes, Yes) It’s so good to be near you
(Yes, Yes) And the feeling you give me
(Yes, Yes) Makes me want to be with you
(Yes, Yes) From the moment you tell me – yes

If you could see all the roads I have travelled
Towards some unusable last equilibrium
Run like an athlete and die like a dead beaten speed-freak
An answer to all of your answers to-yes

In the north sky time flies faster than morning
The cold of the dawn it meant nothing to us
You were keeping your best situation
An answer to Yes

(Yes, Yes) And the moment I see you
(Yes, Yes) It’s so good to be near you
(Yes, Yes) And the feeling you give me
(Yes, Yes) Makes me want to be with you
(Yes, Yes) If we wait for an answer
(Yes, Yes) Will the silence be broken
(Yes, Yes) Should we wait for an answer
(Yes, Yes) Do we leave it unspoken

(Yes Yes Yes Yes . . .)


WRITTEN BY

Chris Squire/Alan White/Steve Howe/Geoff Downes/Trevor Horn


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion


GOING FOR THE ONE

Get the idea cross around the track
Underneath the flank of a thoroughbred racing chaser
Getting the feel as a river flows
Would you like to go n’ shoot the mountain masses
And here you stand no taller than the grass sees
And should you really chase so hard
The truth of sport plays rings around you

Going for the one
Going for the one

Get in the way as the tons of water
Racing with you, crashing thru the rudder
Once at the start can you gamble
 that
You really surely really mean to finish
After seeing all your sense of fear diminish
As you treat danger a pure collection
As you throw away misconceptions

Going for the one
Going for the one
Going for a

Listen in time
Taken so high
To touch to move
Listen to life
Touching touch time
Travel twilight

Taken so high
Roundabout
Sounding out
Love you so
Love you so
Love you so

Now the verses i’ve sang don’t add much weight
To the story in my head so i’m thinking
I should go and write a punch line
But they’re so hard to find in my cosmic mind
So i think i’ll take a look out of the window
When i think about you, i don’t feel low
‘N’ should i really chase so hard
The truth of sport plays rings around you

Going for the one
Going for the one
Going for to

Listen in time
Taken so high
To touch to move
Listen to life
Touching touchtime
Travel twilight

Taken so high
Taking your time
Turn on to love
Turnstile to one
Tender timing
Rocking rolling

Listen in time
Taken so high
To touch to move
Listen to life
Touching touchtime
Travel twilight

Taken so high
Taking your time
Turn on to love
Turnstile to one
Tender timing
Rocking rolling

Turn on to love
Turnstile to one
Tender timing
Rocking rolling

Moments decide
Moments delight
Moments in flight
Talk about sending love.


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion


I’VE SEEN ALL GOOD PEOPLE

I – YOUR MOVE

I’ve seen all good people
Turn their heads each day
So satisfied
I’m on my way.

Take a straight and stronger course
To the corner of your life
Make the white queen run so fast
She hasn’t got time to make you a wife.

‘Cause it’s time
It’s time in time with your time
And its news is captured
For the queen to use.

Move me on to any black square
Use me any time you want
Just remember that the goal
Is for us all to capture all we want

Don’t surround yourself with yourself
Move on back two squares
Send an Instant Karma to me
Initial it with loving care

Don’t surround yourself.
‘Cause it’s time
It’s time in time with your time
And its news is captured.

II – ALL GOOD PEOPLE

I’ve seen all good people
Turn their heads each day
So satisfied
I’m on my way.


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson/Chris Squire


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion

SIBERIAN KHATRU

Sing bird of prey
Beauty begins at the foot of you
Do you believe the manner?

Gold stainless nail
Torn thru the distance of man
As they regard the summit.

Even Siberia goes through the motions
So hold out and hold on
Hold down the window.
Hold out the morning that comes into view.

Outboard
River
Bluetail
Tailfly

River running right on over my head.

How does she sing
Who holds the ring and ring
And you will find me coming.
Cold reigning king hold all the secrets from you
As they produce the movement.

Even Siberia goes thru the motions
So hold out and hold on
Hold down the window.
Hold out the morning that comes into view.

Outboard
River
Bluetail
Tailfly

River running right on over my head.

Outboard
River
Bluetail
Tailfly
luther
In time

Hold down the window
Hold out the morning that comes into view
Warm side the tower
Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru

Gold stainless nail,
Torn thru the distance of man
As they regard the summit.
Cold reigning king shelter the woman that sings
As they produce the movement
River running right on over my head.

Outboard
River
Blue tail
Tail fly
luther
In time
Suntower
Asking
Cover lover
June cast
Moon fast
As one
Changes
Heart Gold
Leaver
Soul mark
Mover
Christian
Changer
Called out
Saviour
Moon Gate
Climber
Turn Round
Glider


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson/Steve Howe/Rick Wakeman


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion


ONWARD

Contained in everything I do
There’s a love, I feel for you
Proclaimed in everything I write
You’re the light
Burning, brightly
Onward through the night
Onward through the night
Onward through the night of my life

Displayed in all the things I see
There’s a love you show to me
Portrayed in all the things you say
You’re the day
Leading the way
Onward through the night
Onward through the night
Onward through the night of my life

Onward through the night
Onward through the night
Onward through the night of my life


WRITTEN BY

Chris Squire


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion

AMERICA

Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together
I’ve got some real estate in my bag
So we bought a pack of cigarettes, and Mrs. Wagner’s pies
And we walked off, walked off, walked off, to look for America

Kathy, I said, as we boarded the greyhound in Pittsburg
Michigan seems like a dream to me now
Took me four days to from Saginaw
They’ve all gone to look for America

All gone to look for America
Laughing on the bus, playing games with faces
She said the man in the garberdian suit was a spy
I said be careful, his bowtie is really a camera

Kathy I’m lost, I said
Though I knew she was sleeping
Well, I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why I’m
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
And they’ve all gone to look for America
All gone to look for America

Kathy I’m lost, I said
Although I knew she was sleeping
Well, I’m empty & aching & I don’t know why I’m
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
And they’ve all gone to look for America
All gone to look for America
All gone to look for America


WRITTEN BY

Paul Simon


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion

IMAGINE

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger a brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one


WRITTEN BY

John Lennon & Yoko Ono


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion

ROUNDABOUT

I’ll be the round about
The words will make you out ‘n’ out
I spend the day your way
Call it morning driving thru the sound and
In and out the valley

The music dance and sing
They make the children really ring
I spend the day your way
Call it morning driving thru the sound and
In and out the valley

In and around the lake
Mountains come out of the sky and they
Stand there
One mile over we’ll be there and we’ll see
You
Ten true summers we’ll be there and
Laughing too
Twenty four before my love you’ll see I’ll be
There with you

I will remember you
Your silhouette will charge the view
Of distance atmosphere
Call it morning driving thru the sound and
Even in the valley

In and around the lake
Mountains come out of the sky and they
Stand there
One mile over we’ll be there and we’ll see
You
Ten true summers we’ll be there and
Laughing too
Twenty four before my love you’ll see I’ll be
There with you

Along the drifting cloud the eagle searching
Down on the land
Catching the swirling wind the sailor sees
The rim of the land
The eagle’s dancing wings create as weather
Spins out of hand
Go closer hold the land feel partly no more
Than grains of sand
We stand to lose all time a thousand answers
By in our hand
Next to your deeper fears we stand
Surrounded by a million years

I’ll be the roundabout
The words will make you out ‘n’ out
I’ll be the roundabout
The words will make you out ‘n’ out

In and around the lake
Mountains come out of the sky and they
Stand there
Twenty four before my love and I’ll be there

I’ll be the roundabout
The words will make you out ‘n’ out
I spend the day your way
Call it morning driving thru the sound and
In and out the valley

In and around the lake
Mountains come out of the sky and they
Stand there
One mile over we’ll be there and we’ll see
You
Ten true summers we’ll be there and
Laughing too
Twenty four before my love you’ll see I’ll be
There with you


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson/Steve Howe


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion


STARSHIP TROOPER

I – LIFE SEEKER

Sister Bluebird flying high above
Shine your wings forward to the sun
Hide the myst’ries of life on your way
Though you’ve seen them, please don’t say a word
What you don’t know, I have never heard

Starship Trooper, go sailing on by
Catch my soul, catch the very light
Hide the moment from my eager eye
Though you’ve seen them, please don’t tell a soul
What you can’t see, can’t be very whole

Speak to me of summer, long winters longer than time can remember
The setting up of other roads, to travel on in old accustomed ways
I still remember the talks by the water, the proud sons and daughter that
Knew the knowledge of the land, that spoke to me in sweet accustomed ways

Mother life, hold firmly on to me
Catch my knowledge higher than the day
Lose as much as only you can show

Though you’ve seen them, please don’t say a word
What I don’t know, I have never shared

II – DISILLUSION

Loneliness is a power that we posses to give or take away forever
All I know can be shown by your acceptance of the facts there shown before you
Take what I say in a diff’rent way and it’s easy to say that this is all confusion
As I see a new day in me, I can also show it you and you may follow

Speak to me of summer, long winters longer than time can remember
The setting up of other roads, to travel on in old accustomed ways
I still remember the talks by the water, the proud sons and daughter that
Knew the knowledge of the Land, spoke to me in sweet accustomed ways

III – WÜRM

(Instrumental)


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson/Steve Howe/Chris Squire


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion