|Friday, November 29, 1974 (43 years, 3 months and 21 days ago)|
|Lakeland, Florida, United States Of America|
|Lakeland Civic Center Arena (8,000 capacity)|
|Jon Anderson (Vocals)|
|Steve Howe (Guitars)|
|Patrick Moraz (Keyboards)|
|Chris Squire (Bass)|
|Alan White (Drums)|
|Sound Chaser (Relayer)|
|Close To The Edge (Close To The Edge)|
|To Be Over (Relayer)|
|Gates Of Delirium (Relayer)|
|And You And I (Close To The Edge)|
|Ritual (Tales From Topographic Oceans)|
|'Siberian Khatru' dropped|
Review, UCF 'Central Florida Future'
Central Florida Future (UCF newspaper)
December 6, 1974
'Yes' Concert Review
By Mike Cerni
Yes came to Lakeland last Friday night to the welcome of 9,000 or so screaming Yes fans.
Only the second rock act to perform at the brand new Lakeland Civic Center, Yes entertained the audience with songs selected from previous albums and a sneak preview of some music from their upcoming LP to be released this week.
The Yesshow consisted mainly of material from their previous albums.
Along with two songs from their new LP, "And You and I" and the title cut from "Close to the Edge" were performed along with "Ritual" from "Tales from Topographic Oceans".
After going through so many personnel changes in the past few years, Yes surprisingly manages to keep their distinctive image.
With only two of the original members, Jon Anderson and Chris Squire, still in the group, Yes hasn't lost any of the originally and appeal that has gained them so much notoriety in the U.S. and abroad.
The latest personnel change, that of Patrick Moraz replacing the very popular keyboard player Rick Wakeman, has had its effect on the band nonetheless. Moraz is no match for Wakeman, but then again. Wakeman may have been too much of an overpowering influence in the Yes sound.
At any rate Wakeman is now on his own and Yes seems to be more content with the present setup.
Steve Howe, the very accomplished lead guitarist, was his usual frantic self. Howe's facial expressions, his tense grip on the guitar neck and his incredible lightning quick speed on any of the varied array of electric and steel guitars, proved his mastership of the six-stringed instrument.
Jon Anderson, the leader of the group, was at no time lacking in his vocal leadership. His high pitched falsetto balanced the music with overtones of grace and sweetness.
Chris Squire's powerful bass lines were prominent as is his style. Squire has an unusual uncanniness and knowledge of the bass guitar and its function in such intricately arranged music.
Not to be delegated the usually subtle role of a bass guitarist, Squire surfaced and exposed aspects of the bass that had a certain freshness and vigor.
An encore was granted at the close of the evening with the English musicians playing their most popular number, "Roundabout".