33 years, 7 months and 17 days ago
Tuesday, October 24, 1989
Birmingham, United Kingdom
National Exhibition Centre
Saturday, February 1, 2014 10:41 AM
Went to this show on my own and did magic mushrooms. Wow lights, colours and music.
This was my first ever yes concert i attended. I can remember some funny looks off people because of my custom knitted Big Generator tank top which my step mother knitted for me as i didn't have any yes t-shirts back then. I was also quite surprised to see quite a few youngsters like myself there. I can remember that the sound was quite poor for a while and also missing The Meeting as i was bursting for the toilet. Jon asked the crowd for any requests and some idiot behind us yelled ''Anything except 90125 stuff'' I was and still am a huge Trevor Rabin fan and i seem to remember Jon wishing him well with his solo album, Can't Look Away.
I am the BBC sound mixer who mixed and edited the NEC Birmingham concert for "R1 in concert".
It was produced by Mark Radcliffe and the broadcast duration was app 58'00".
The concert was recorded from split feeds of the stage sound sources, vocals, guitars, keyboards, drums etc. Microphones in the auditorium were used for audience reaction and the whole lot was then submixed from these 40 odd sources and recorded onto a 24 track analogue 2" tape machine. The best performances from the 90 or so minutes recorded were then chosen by the producer and re-mixed back at the studio a song at a time. They were then cut / dub edited together in concert sequence with announcements and applause timed to last 57 or 58 minutes, which was the length of the "In Concert" slot (an hour less 2 minutes or so for news and announcements). 1/4" tape was the final delivery medium. Nowadays we have digital multitracks, computer editing and deliver the material for broadcast on CD-R! How times change!
There is now no concert slot on BBC Radio 1 but it still continues on Radio 2.