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How close is too close?

How close is too close?

Postby poodeeo » Tue Jul 02, 2002 3:31 am

Anybody ever been 3rd row or closer? Is it too close? Do you get blasted away(ears)?

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Postby khalpin » Tue Jul 02, 2002 4:09 am

I had 3rd row for the Open Your Eyes tour right in front of the speaker stack on Chris' side. And whenever he was playing really low notes, you couldn't hear anything but the bass(actually it was more like "feeling" the bass). But hearing a bootleg from that show, the mix didn't sound bad at all.

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Postby poodeeo » Tue Jul 02, 2002 5:07 am

Actually, I just scarfed 3rd row, center. It seems some promotional tickets on "hold" were released, and someone from the hub let me know about them. I gotta believe that's prime seating.

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Postby geoff feakes » Tue Jul 02, 2002 5:16 am

I sat in the second row when Rick fist performed 'Journey' at the Royal Festival Hall, London (not the Royal Albert Hall as stated in the otherwise excellent book 'Perpetual Change')in 1974, which was released as the live album. The two people who were sat directly in front of me had better seats of course, but then that's to be expected when your names Chris Squire and Steve Howe!!
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Postby yesfan37 » Tue Jul 02, 2002 6:22 am

Up close you get to see the guys faces and all the little winks and nods to each other and to the crowd But that close there is almost no light show. Back a few rows I think you get the whole show with the lights and sound.
I've been so close on the last few tours, since '97, that I don't know if I would be happy with anything else after that.
But then again any YESshow is better than no YESshow.

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Postby relayer4u » Tue Jul 02, 2002 7:16 am

I was in the 3rd row center for the Big Tour. There is nothing better than being as close as you can get. I was jamming along with Chris palying the air bass, and I swear he looked right at me and gave me the biggest smile and nod!

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Postby PaulH » Tue Jul 02, 2002 8:53 am

I have always thought that center about 10 to 20 rows back is ideal.
The light show can be seen better but more importantly you get a sweeter spot of the mix.
Sometimes when you are real close....you get the back side of the monitor mix and it can be a bit uneven at times.
If you can't be in the 10th to 20th row....I would say get as close to the soundboard as possible....sometimes people get front sections but end up way off to the side....I would rather be back and in the center.

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Postby YesJo » Tue Jul 02, 2002 10:21 am

I've been up that close a couple of times, and I am always disappointed when I'm NOT now. I loved it, it's true about the winks and the smiles and the eye contact, there is nothing like it. It's very interactive up there. I'm not there for this show and I am sad, but like someone said, it's better than not being there.

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Postby OB1kenOB » Tue Jul 02, 2002 1:09 pm

Drama / Louisville, I was front row, round stage, the sound was great, the experience was like a dream.

ABWH / Houston, I was 3rd row, in front of Rick.
the sound was fine, the experience priceless.

OYE / Dallas I was 3rd row, in front of Steve.
the sound was good, the experience was great

OYE / Houston I was front row dead center.
sound was fine, experience was indiscribable

Ladder / Houston I was front row center.
sound was fine, experience spoiled me for any other seats.

Tormato / Bloomington IN, I was front row of the main level, eye level with the band (round stage) looking over the tops of the people on the floor.
sound was good (IU assembly hall tends to echo) experience was fabulous.

I've been 10 to 20 rows back at several shows, and the sound may be a little better, you see less face, and more light show.
I've never been up close and off to one side, but I'm fairly sure the view, and the sound would greatly depreciate outward from center the closer you are.
given the choice of first 5 rows, on the end of a row (in front of the speaker banks) or further back, but behind the sound board,
I'd go with further back.

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Postby jjoneski » Tue Jul 02, 2002 3:47 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>
<b>poodeeo wrote:</b>
Anybody ever been 3rd row or closer? Is it too close? Do you get blasted away(ears)?
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<font color=blue>I was 3rd row, far right on the isle, also right in front of the speaker stack next to Chris. I loved how close I was to Chris and Jon, but I couldn't see Steve very well the whole time. It was VERY loud, but I enjoyed that. My girlfriend (of long-forgotten yesterdays) had a hard time with the loudness, and really wished she had some earplugs. She covered her ears for some portions of the concert. And the ushers/security could not locate any courtesy earplugs. So if you think you might want some, better plan for a B.Y.O.E.P's. </font id=blue><img src=pix/jestera.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby Chris2210 » Tue Jul 02, 2002 7:20 pm

I managed to get third row between Chris and Jon on last year's tour. That was a Sheffield which is a fairly small venue (2-3000 I think). Close enough to see expressions but not so close that we were continually craning our necks. The sound was not too loud but I could not hear much of the orchestra (the same was ture of the back of the hall at Nottingham though, three nights earlier). All in all it was a great experience - it does add a great deal to be so close and I enjoyed the Sheffield gig more than any other (it probably pipped the first time I saw Yes - which fulfilled a long time ambition).

I've never seen the classic line up with Rick - I'm hoping that one won't be too far off this year.

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Postby Nuke99m » Wed Jul 03, 2002 7:59 pm

I've got third row for St. Louis , but I'm on the far left side in front of Steve. I've already warned my wife to bring earplugs. I'm hoping that my view isn't to obstructed by equipment.

I sat in the 3rd row right in Louisville for the OYE tour, and my seats were great, but that was a small venue.

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Postby yeskat » Thu Jul 04, 2002 2:14 pm

I have NEVER had the satisfaction of being up close! That would just be TOO GOOD!!!

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