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Yes and Roger Dean Shine Bright at MGM National Harbor

by Shannon Flack 10/03/2023

Jon Davison of Yes at MGM National Harbor (Shannon Flack)

Yes, the legendary progressive rock band, graced the stage at MGM National Harbor on the night of October 3rd, 2023, and it was an unforgettable evening filled with music, nostalgia, and artistic inspiration.

Before the eagerly awaited performance by Yes, the audience had the unique privilege of witnessing a special appearance by the notable artist Roger Dean. As the artist responsible for many of Yes' iconic album artworks, Roger Dean's presence added an extra layer of significance to the event. He took the stage to share the captivating story of his illustrious career and the creative inspiration behind his iconic art. It was a delightful experience to hear him speak about his artistic journey, and his ability to weave personal anecdotes and insights into the stories behind his artwork provided a profound context for the evening.

What made this even more special was the opportunity for fans to purchase signed merchandise and prints of Roger Dean's artwork. This allowed attendees to take home a piece of Yes' history and the magic of his visual creativity, creating a lasting connection between the music and the art.

Roger Dean signing merchandise for fans (Shannon Flack)

After a brief intermission, Yes took to the stage. The audience erupted into a standing ovation, a testament to the enduring love and admiration they have for this iconic band. Yes kicked off their performance with the mellower tones of "Going for the One," setting a serene and contemplative mood that resonated with the crowd.

However, by the third song, "Machine Messiah," the momentum of the show shifted into high gear. The intricate instrumentals and ethereal vocals that Yes is renowned for filled the venue, captivating the audience and transporting them into a musical realm that only Yes can create. The energy was electric, and the excitement was palpable as dedicated fans filled the first two levels of the venue, singing along to every word and swaying to the music.

What's truly remarkable is that Yes, a band formed nearly 55 years ago, still possesses the same passion, talent, and ability to enthrall audiences as they did in their heyday. Their performance was a testament to the timeless quality of their music and the enduring spirit of progressive rock.

Steve Howe performing "Going for the One" with Yes in Oxon Hill, MD (Shannon Flack)

As the night concluded, it left a sense of fulfillment and appreciation for the incredible artistry of Yes and Roger Dean. It was a night where music and visual art merged into a harmonious celebration of creativity.

For those who missed this extraordinary performance, there's still a chance to catch Yes as they continue their tour. The journey continues at the Steven Tanger Center in Greensboro, NC, on October 4, 2023. If you're a fan of classic rock and progressive music, this tour is a must-see experience that will transport you to the heart of Yes' musical legacy. Don't miss out on this remarkable journey through time and sound.

Setlist Information
  1. Going for the One

  2. It Will Be a Good Day (The River)

  3. Machine Messiah

  4. I've Seen All Good People

  5. America (Simon & Garfunkel cover)

  6. Time and a Word

  7. South Side of the Sky

  8. Turn of the Century

  9. Don't Kill the Whale

  10. Cut From the Stars

  11. The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn) / The Remembering (High the Memory) / The Ancient (Giants Under the Sun) / Ritual (Nous sommes du soleil (excerpts from “Tales from Topographic Oceans”)


  1. Roundabout

  2. Starship Trooper


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