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Treasured Yes concert memories...

Post: # 101818Post relayer4u
Sat Apr 07, 2007 3:02 am

I treasure the memory, back on September 27, 2003...

...of calling my friends here at YesTalk on my cell and sharing the music and pleasures of Yes live in Hawaii.

The excitemnet that I could feel when they answered the call, so many miles away, the sheer joy we shared that night...

Do it like a Cone Head...ahhhhhh memories!

Thank you for sharing that moment with me my old friends!

Ray

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Post: # 101833Post john mccleary
Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:49 am

cinama tour was fun in Dallas [:yes] warm up bands were slyvester and twetty :) and the orange monster with tennis shoes.How cool.

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Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:06 am

I have great memories of meeting such lovely people at every concert I've been to, including Jon's recent solo gigs. I love getting to know the people sitting around me- they're always so kind and supportive, and so happy to see people my age so excited about YES, lol. I remember my first concert- Masterworks tour w/ Kansas opening for em- I talked to people alllll the way down the entire isle and in front of me and stuff. SO AWESOME meeting YESfans from all walks of life.

And of course meeting Jon twice. He's SUCH a sweet man, going out of his way to meet with EVERY person in line at his concerts. Lines around the entire theater and he'd wait there for nearly three hours after the concert, and was still sweet and loving as ever at 1AM for us back-o-the-liners... :o Omg, love that guy. So genuine.

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Post: # 101842Post YesFan01
Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:37 pm

....so many.....but classic was the show in 1975 in Philadelphia's JFK stadium.....Relayer with green lasers....over the top. Steve Howe was so on, it just blew me away. I was scared and hated the fires, but the show was superb. Wow.

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Post: # 101843Post YesFan01
Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:41 pm

whoops...see prior comment....meant 1976.

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Post: # 101844Post Greenglade's Frog
Wed Apr 11, 2007 7:51 pm

First Yes concert was the Drama tour. I remember Squire's bass on "Tempus Fugit" and missing Jon and Rick.

Maybe best was the Universal Amphitheater 2002 concert in LA. Best part was Steve's guitar solo and HOTS live.

Other than that, it was the Jon Anderson Solo Tour of '81 in Pasadena. He did "Awaken". It was a small theater. Didn't get a chance to meet him. I never get backstage at concerts for some reason, maybe cuz I am not a girl.

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Wed Apr 11, 2007 7:56 pm

Oh, wait...I saw the Magnification tour in Europe. A friend who was physical therapy for the band said she could get me backstage, but I couldn't find her at the concert.
That was a cool concert- literally, it was probably 60F in the building.
Jon was doing intro to And You and I, dedicating song to Janee, and I screamed out "Yeah, Steve!" and Howe looked up embarrassed and Jon was a bit irritated that I yelled out Steve's name when he was dedicating song to Janee and all serious and stuff.
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Post: # 101846Post Greenglade's Frog
Wed Apr 11, 2007 7:59 pm

oh, and relayer4u gave me first row seat during the acoustic part at 2004 Anaheim Pond show.
I imagined Rick was laughing at me cuz I couldn't find my seat and looked like I didn't ahve a a ticket
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Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:25 pm

The most amazing Yes moment I have ever experienced was during the now legendary standing ovation at the end of And You And I at Madison Square Garden in 04
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Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:07 am

• My first Yesshow (and first psychodelic experience) eye level with Yes in-the-round in my home town.
• Driving two hours to the Drama tour and getting front row seats just before the show.
• Meeting the band for the first time at ABWH in Houston, and experiencing the rare Steve Howe handshake.
• Seeing the band at Seaworld in San Antonio 5 minutes from my house at the time on the Talk tour.
• A “3 Yesshows in 3 nights weekend” on the Open Your Eyes tour. 3rd row center in Dallas, 1st row center in Houston where Chris did his solo about three feet in front of me., and 12th row on the Steve side in San Antonio where I hung with Igor and Billy before and after the show, and shook Chris Squire’s hand for the first time.
• Applying for/ receiving / and using invitations to the private show at Seattle’s Experience Music Project. Having a chat and a drink with Alan after the show.
• 35th anniversary show at Mandalay Bay in Vegas, running into Rick after the show walking through the casino.
• Albuquerque where I brought 8X10s of great photos of each band member I took at Seattle and Steve signed his at sound check while he was stringing his own guitar. Then while I was waiting for my plane to go home I saw Alan at the airport and he signed his and invited me to his gate where Chris, Jon, and Rick signed theirs.
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Post: # 101860Post sunhugger
Fri Apr 13, 2007 3:57 am

Like 1974 in Pittsburgh. Chevy van with full size [:yes] painted on the sides in the parking garage. Waiting in line behind a guy in a purple cape. Seeing Yes for the first time through the haze. Blue and Green lasers and the full blown Dean stage show. The huge PA speakers formerly owned by Iron Butterfly if memory serves, constructed with multiples of smaller full range drivers. And on and on....... Thanks guys...
Then in 1975 with Moraz. And a solo prevue/demo by Jon of Olias...
Opening acts by UFO, Donovan.

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Post: # 101887Post in2yes
Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:45 pm

I'm glad you enjoyed the moments as much as I did, Ray!!!
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Union tour Seattle 91 in the round

Post: # 101922Post squirtacious
Thu Apr 19, 2007 3:32 am

10th row as firebird suite started up in the dark the band rushed past me to get on stage...... then suddenly ...lights and "YOURS IS NO DISGRACE". Oh man my whole body was one huge goose bump!
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Post: # 101939Post john mccleary
Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:36 pm

ooops 90125 in stead of cinama tour? sorry :confused: :) :) :)

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Post: # 101979Post tardistraveler
Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:06 pm

John, did you see the 90125 show here in Nashville? We may have been at the same show!

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Post: # 101981Post john mccleary
Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:52 pm

No Dallas Tx. :)

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Post: # 101985Post tardistraveler
Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:12 pm

Ah - I've never seen a Yes show in Dallas.

I've seen all the Nashville shows, plus several in Atlanta, Louisville, Memphis, Birmingham, Huntsville, and Chicago.

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Sat Apr 28, 2007 7:46 am

I couldn't resist this thread. Some of my favorite Yes concert memories include, in no particular order:
"TO" Spring '73: The house lights at The Spectrum(Philadelphias's then-primary concert location) slowly dimming as 'Firebird' played, then Rick in the spots playing the intro to 'Khatru'; I felt like I was seeing God!
Christmas '74 at The Spectrum, Jon announces 'A Christmas gift for you, Philly' before "To Be Over".
JFK '76: , not the concert so much as the sound check I saw the night before. Me and hundreds of other fans standing outside the stadium listening to the guys run through "Trooper" and "Roundabout". If you stood in just the right spot, you could see them. And when they would finish a song, and we would applaud, Jon would acknowledge our presence with a "Thank you".
'77-The return of Rick, "Awaken", not to mention "Turn of the Century"(Remember the back-screen projection?).
'78-first "Tourmato". They managed to turn a hockey rink into a close, intimate venue. "Heart of the Sunrise" with Jon center stage, the whole thing spinning like the music....
'79 Three shows in a row, here in Philly. My buddys and I also traveled to other places to see them this time, like Boston, NYC, Baltimore, etc.

-----then, the Trevor Interregnum---

more later, events (as they are wont to do) intrude,

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Sat Apr 28, 2007 2:17 pm

June 13, 1979 at Madison Square Garden. My first Yes show, wayyy up in the green seats, and easily the greatest concert I've ever been to. I was just a kid - a homely, awkward one from the suburbs. And Yes had become my favorite band, when only a year before, I was still listening to Donny Osmond and the Bay City Rollers. I was so new to this world of rock music and sell-out concerts in smoked-filled arenas - for me, just having permission to get on the train to NYC without parents was a thrill! Every moment of that show astounded me - not only because here was my favorite band, but also because the whole experience was so new to me, and so much larger than life.
I still have the program - torn, dirty, worn - well-loved. Programs from later shows I kept in better condition - but no matter. No others bring to mind those first moments of musical heaven, those early, heady days of youth and of change. Sometimes, I miss those times, but I feel very, very fortunate to have had them. [:yes]

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Post: # 102022Post OB1kenOB
Wed May 02, 2007 12:24 am

john mccleary wrote:No Dallas Tx. :)
then WE where at the same show
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Post: # 102049Post yeskat
Fri May 04, 2007 6:17 am

*My first concert - 1973 and falling totally in love with YES.
*Meeting Jon, Chris, Rick and Steve and shaking their hands (yes, even Steve's!) Jon and Rick walked a long ways to us in the dark and rain. They were SO nice!
*Yes playing in the rain in Santa Fe. Poor Steve was getting nervous, but kept playing anyway. Finally Jon stopped the show and said they were going to take a break and come back on stage after it cleared up, unless we wanted to watch them blow up on stage.
*Almost running directly into Steve at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas at the casino just before the concert. He was carrying a huge case and had someone with him, pointing the way to the theater.
*Meeting Jon and Steve after the show in Albuquerque. While Steve was autographing I told him he did a great job that night. He looked me straight in the eye as if he was surprised and gave me a sincere "thank you".
*Meeting other Yes fans at the concerts IS a treat! Love talking to them about their concert experiences, and their lives. I have lots of great memories about so many great people.

I have many more memories - too many to mention. I am just hoping for more in the future.

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Post: # 102067Post Roan's Lady
Fri May 04, 2007 9:43 pm

yeskat wrote:*My first concert - 1973 and falling totally in love with YES.
*Meeting Jon, Chris, Rick and Steve and shaking their hands (yes, even Steve's!) Jon and Rick walked a long ways to us in the dark and rain. They were SO nice!
*Yes playing in the rain in Santa Fe. Poor Steve was getting nervous, but kept playing anyway. Finally Jon stopped the show and said they were going to take a break and come back on stage after it cleared up, unless we wanted to watch them blow up on stage.
*Almost running directly into Steve at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas at the casino just before the concert. He was carrying a huge case and had someone with him, pointing the way to the theater.
*Meeting Jon and Steve after the show in Albuquerque. While Steve was autographing I told him he did a great job that night. He looked me straight in the eye as if he was surprised and gave me a sincere "thank you".
*Meeting other Yes fans at the concerts IS a treat! Love talking to them about their concert experiences, and their lives. I have lots of great memories about so many great people.

I have many more memories - too many to mention. I am just hoping for more in the future.
Good Gravy! Your first Yes concert was '73?? Not only do you look to be about 25 years old in that avatar of yours (which would make you negative 9 years old in 1973 ;) ), but gosh, am I envious! :D

Nice memories, Kat. :)

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Sat May 05, 2007 12:51 am

Roan's Lady wrote:Good Gravy! Your first Yes concert was '73?? Not only do you look to be about 25 years old in that avatar of yours (which would make you negative 9 years old in 1973 ;) ), but gosh, am I envious! :D

Nice memories, Kat. :)

Actually, she looks like 20. Put up a full body pic.
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Post: # 102155Post yeskat
Fri May 11, 2007 4:18 am

Greenglade's Frog wrote:Actually, she looks like 20. Put up a full body pic.
HEY! I know better than that!

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Fri May 11, 2007 9:52 pm

yeskat wrote:HEY! I know better than that!
SMART COOKIE! :)

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Post: # 102180Post Greenglade's Frog
Sun May 13, 2007 10:46 pm

That'd be cool to see your pics of those old concerts. As far as I know, back in those days they didn't allow cameras(I suppose you could have hidden it in your bong?) :bong

One of the biggest Yes-related concerts I went to was Asia in '81('82). They were top of the pops back then with "Heat of the Moment"
"Potent distillation of prog into powerhouse pop", as one Amazon reviewer said.
We couldn't even find our seats, as it was overly sold-out, and ended up standing most of the time near the entrance to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, even in the lobby area, cuz you couldn't even move.
I remember Steve saying he had been to the beach that day and it was nice weather. Palmer's drum solo got like a standing ovation right when he started. Steve came out with his acoustic and played "Clap"- I think I was looking over the heads of people at the entrance to the auditorium for that and was wearing that daring sci-fi outfit.
Wetton was sporting a youthful tanning-salon bronze sheen.
"Heat of the Moment" came off really well with much of the power of the studio version.
I don't think I had any beer back then, as it was harder to get at 17.
Pretty good concert, but we were lamenting how "mersh" it was at the end of the classic prog era. Same with the Genesis show year before with "Fluke"- in any case we dug that Genesis show because they Duke sounded OK live and they still played full versions of the old Genesis songs, not like a few years later , when they seemed to do abridged versions.
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wakeman with wakeman in '93?

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Sat May 19, 2007 6:23 am

We went to the Dream Theater show at the paramount in Seattle. When we were leaving a guy was handing out two for one coupons for the wakeman show the next night. So we go to the show at the "backstage", A dive that was known for killer intimate shows. We give the ticket man our coupons and he said "oh you guys have to wait until aaaaalllllllof those other people were in. So we waited for this ocean of people to go in and I thoght we were so screwed. But we get in and they had kept the floor open. I bought a pitcher of beer and walked right up and set it on the stage. Rick and Adam came out ten minutes later and played literally two feet from me. I was so close I didn't have the nerve to pull out my bootleg rig so no boot. Anyway , a killer show and after we went next door to a bar for drinks. When who walks by the window but Rick and Alan White heading towards the backstage. So we went back over and Rick and Adam were behind the bar chating with the few who stayed. Rick told me a story about the union tour where he bought a chevy conversion van to use for the tour of the states. Well Seattle was the last union show so he laft the van at Alans house. So Alan drives the van to the wakey with wakey show. Rick sees Alan , Alen says " you know I still have your van" Rick says oh yeah, my van, how is it? Alan says "it's dirty". I laughed and I laughed. Later outside sure enough I saw Rick With Alan driving a dirty chevy conversion van.
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Post: # 102326Post IGSXIII
Sat May 26, 2007 2:45 am

I would say that I have two very memorable experiences from Yes concerts, although I don't think they're anything special compared to some of the ones you've all experienced.
The first was at the 35th anniversary concert in Phoenix in 2002. It was about 105 F outside and the fans were rushing to the water stands. I got to the show about an hour before most people showed up and got to enjoy seeing Alan test his drums. I waved to him and he waved back haha! Nothing special, but I certainly enjoyed it.
The second most memorable experience was at the symphonic tour in San Diego in 2001. When the boys started Gates of Delirium I was extremely surprised and elated since this is my favorite Yes tune and how often do we get to hear it live?! I remember the first climax of the song, right before Steve starts his pedal steel part (before Soon) was so intense with both band and orchestra hitting a flurry of notes... I remember seeing many jaws drop. What a great show :eek:

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Post: # 102337Post squirtacious
Sun May 27, 2007 7:58 am

Hey IGSXIII your memories are as good as anybodies. I think...........um I dont remember
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Post: # 102342Post fragilesi
Mon May 28, 2007 4:33 pm

One of my favourites was in Bournemouth, it was a great intimate atmosphere and the band were playing The Revealing Science of God when Jon missed a line out!

Everyone laughed, which was awesome because everyone saw the humour in the fact that Jon had missed the line:-

[INDENT]What happened to this song, we once knew so well[/INDENT]

It was just such a warm feeling and there was an essence of loving Jon like an old uncle who'd lost his slippers rather than any criticism of an artist who'd made a mistake.

Of course my first Yes show . . . . and in this company I'll quietly mention it was Wembley on the 90125 tour. Seeing this band I'd thought dead - they had split before I started listening to them, live and playing all that wonderful music. Just awesome. But my jaw just dropped at this . . . what a show!

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