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Geoff Downes lays into fans "dissing" Yes on tour.
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Remarkable.


Greetings YesFans. Geoff will be blogging during the tour. Come check it out! http://yesworld.com/blog/

"Now….I've noticed a few unsavoury reviews of the first few shows, (yes I read everything on these boards - believe me!) and I have a few words to say to these over-critical Muppets, who in fact think they know more about how Yes should be than the band. In fact, I shall call them The "Yuppets" from now on! Ya know, I don't come along to their workplace and bug them about doing their job, right? Just coz they spent a few lousy bucks on a CD which they moan about the price…go figure! Most of them moan about the price of the beer and hotdogs. Ya know, WTF has that got to do with Yes?

Well…it's so easy to sit behind their little laptops and post negativity, so I'll be watching these Yuppets very closely, and giving that lot back as good as they can give - and more. To me, it's just like a sports team - the fans always know better what team to pick, who's playing well/crap, who should be substituted bla bla bla. But you know what? It makes me laugh! It's feckin hilarious! So I'm keeping my watchful eye on these tour reviews on Yesworld and will of course respond with dignity and hopefully some humour. But beware…I'll not be taking any sh*t from any of you dissers! If you call me a t**t, you'll get it back double! "


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Not bad from one half of a "one hit wonder" band.

Must do wonders for his ego !!!!!

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Comes off as a complete asshole.........

Dishing people that are BUYING your CD and putting money in your pocket?

Fuck him!

I find it remarkable that he is saying that, in fact, we did suck the first few shows, but we will get better. How is that right to the fans at those shows paying their hard earned cash to hear a professional show?

(And Benoit is either sick or has damaged his voice from the constant touring. He sounds awful........)
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Yes, I agree, if he talks that way in Glasgow he'll get stabbed in the face. What a knob-jockey.

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If the rumours about Squire and White are to be believed, maybe Downes is the only one sober enough within ten minutes of a show finishing to write the blog?

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Is it just me, or are these being played at a funereal pace? And again, Benoit is struggling to reach the high notes.

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From @asiageoff (Geoff Downes' Twitter feed):

"@ELP_carl Sir Kendall, it means 'F*** Off And Mind Your Own F***ing Business!!!! (not directed at you of course, but to Yesfan muppet) ;-)" -- 23rd June

"Talking of annoyance, some Yes fan wrote: 'would like to know how much Downes is getting paid by Yes for the US Tour'. My answer: FOAMYOFB!!" -- 23rd June 2011

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From the Yes Blog http://yesworld.com/blog/

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"Canandaigua, 7th July, 2011

OK. So that was show No. 3, and many thanks to all the fans for your massive support in upstate New York.

Now….I think that there was considerable improvement tonight from the previous 2 shows in New Jersey. No doubt the Yuppets will be having their own views on this matter, and we’ll be hearing plenty from them over the next 24 hours! Hopefully there won’t be as many daggers drawn this time! But who knows? The reviews of the first show in Camden was like the ‘Night Of The Long Knives’.

Ya know, to be honest, I’m not so feckin arrogant that I dismiss any criticism about performances from you folks out there. In fact, there were some very valid points raised in terms of the preparation for this tour. Maybe, we (I) weren’t as well-prepared as we (I) could have been, maybe more rehearsal time would have been in order, etc. etc., and therefore I’m not wholly surprised that some of the fans may feel a bit short-changed on the evidence of those shows, particularly the opening night in Camden, which was a bit shaky to say the least (particularly from my standpoint). However…

I do take exception to constant personal attacks on individual members of the band. Some people painting the picture that the band is a bunch of washed-up old geezers picking up paydirt. All of that is quite annoying and unnecessary. And, it’s very deconstructive. If you actually care about the band and the music, then I suggest constructive opinions are all very welcome. See, we’re all very serious about the music deep down, so comments like these are just blind, ill-informed conjecture by a minority of saddos. We of course want all the fans to be happy about the shows, and the new album. We aim to please, and if you’re happy – we’re happy.

But rightly, I think people who paid their money should expect a high quality performance every time. No doubt about that. Hey, you have to start somewhere though, and no doubt in my mind, the band will get stronger by the show. I take the points though, and sympathise with the disenchanted to some degree, if that’s the way you feel – but, it’s now in the past. Nothing’s going to change that. We are all entitled to our opinions – it’s a free world. As my old manager used to say: “A difference of opinion makes horseracing possible!”

Now I know I’m getting a bit of banter going on this forum from the Yuppets, and hope everyone will take it in the spirit in which is intended. But, have any of you ever been over to the progressiveears.com site? Man, there are some VERY weird and nasty people over there who should all be exterminated in my book….

If you get a bored moment and want some dark prog rock amusement, check it out. One of my future plans is to invite all of the posters on the site to a remote island somewhere, with the promise of a debut listening party for an obscure & as yet unreleased Gentle Giant album. (That should attract most of them along!). Then, detonate a small thermo-nuclear device in their vicinity. Job done!!

Talking of Gentle Giant, we had a meeting with our label (Frontiers) in New York yesterday, of which Derek Schulman is the MD of the company. He actually remembered them supporting Yes in the early 70’s. Also bumped into an old acquaintance, Jonathan Mover (drummer of GTR). He was nicknamed the ‘Boston Dangler’, but that’s another story!

Anyways, had my fill now for one night – I’m even boring myself now On the bus overnight, heading out to Foxwoods Casino, and meeting up with Martin my manger there. Tomorrow’s another day….

Ciao for now,

Be seeing you…

GD

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