My first new post of music in 18 months, and it just had to be a couple from the current lineup of the band. From the In the Present tour, here’s “Astral Traveler” and “Machine Messiah” from the July 7, 2009 gig in LA. This tour & lineup are breaking out some sorely neglected material the band hasn’t played in literally decades, and the live shows sound great. Overall, the band is pretty tight, and Benoit’s vocals are very good. Take it from someone who has seen this tour twice so far – Benoit is the real deal, and he & Oliver bring a new energy to the band that simply must be experienced live to be appreciated. When I saw them at the Tower Theater in Philly back in July, I caught myself getting emotional realizing that after 40+ years, Yes is still active and putting on great shows. How many bands can you say that about? Hopefully, they will return to the studio this winter and record some new material.