This is the web site of Rob Batten, formerly of Wadesboro, Concord and Charlotte, North Carolina and currently (until later this year) of Wilmington, NC.
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Time heals the wounds no one can see...
While on the subject of time, I want to note that I created my first web page twenty years ago... more from my October 2015 site re-launch
Last year, newly-mixed audio of the November 1972 Yes concert my uncle attended was officially released on the Progeny box set. I'm jealous that he got to attend - that it was at the infamous home of the Dookies notwithstanding. Although the recording engineer(s) didn't capture Chris Squire's bass parts especially well on this particular evening, the rest of the quintet was well-recorded. The band performed a memorable crowd-pleasing rendition of "Heart of the Sunrise" and a typically blistering "Yours Is No Disgrace." From that year until 1974, and again for three similarly brief periods over the next thirty years, Yes were: the aforementioned Squire, lead vocalist Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman on keyboards and Alan White on drums.
I did get to hear this classic lineup of Yes in person once, in 2004 at Greensboro Coliseum on the band's 35th Anniversary Tour. It was the only Yes concert my mom attended with me. Even though she had been diagnosed with dementia the prior year, she enjoyed herself and was proud to be by my side, happily telling other concert-goers before the show began that I was her son. I will always treasure that experience.
6 May 2016
I hear Obama is going to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Haven't those people suffered enough already?
10 May 2016
...ageless and timeless, your spirit is free...
4 March 1948 - 27 June 2015
pre-concert tribute 23 August 2015