Yes is out on a world tour with a classic lineup that includes original members Jon Anderson, Chris Squire and Steve Howe, plus longtime drummer Alan White. An added bonus is fan favorite Rick Wakeman, who returns on keyboards to help re-create more than three decades of Yes music and promote the band’s five-CD box set retrospective, In a Word: Yes (1969 – ). Mix caught the third show of the tour at Shoreline Amphitheater, in Mountain View, Calif., during early July.
FOH engineer Jeffrey Gex mixes on a Yamaha PM4000. “The board is completely full,” Gex says. “I have two stereo channels open, and I’m using all but one of the matrix outputs. That one is saved for a video feed.” Gex uses a Summit DCL 200 for the two lead vocal channels, and dbx 160s and a Clark 904 4-channel compressor for dynamic control elsewhere. Gates are Drawmer models, and a TC Electronic M5000 and an Eventide H3000 Harmonizer are used for vocal effects, with a Lexicon PCM70 for keyboards and other reverbs. Clair Bros. supplied a traditional flown P.A. for the tour — 20 S4 cabinets per side, supplemented with Clair P2s for frontfill. Clair crew chief is Bob Weibel, monitor engineer is Frank Lopes, and the “stage and input guy” is Wes Clair.