The 11/6/72 show couldn't have taken place at Beeghly Center (as originally posted on the Wikipedia page), because according to YSU, that venue didn't open for the first time until December 2, 1972!
So to summarize:
1) I was absolutely at the Yes concert at Struthers Fieldhouse with Brainchild opening.
2) Arguing against that show having taken place on 11/6/72 is the fact that I was away at school, and it's unlikely I would have been in Youngstown on this Monday in early November.
3) However, I would have for sure been home from school on 11/26/1971, as this was the day after Thanksgiving.
4) It's not possible for Yes to have played Beeghly Center at YSU on 11/6/1972 (as the Wikipeadia summary of the Close to the Edge tour stated until I changed it), since that facility didn't open till nearly a month later. So there are arguments both in favor of and against Yes having played the Struthers Fieldhouse on 11/6/1972!
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 10:48 AM
I think you may be correct about the date of this show actually being 11/26/1971.
The reason I say this is that I was away at college during this era, and it would have been unusual for me to be home on a Monday in early November (11/6/72).
However, November 26, 1971 was the Friday after Thanksgiving that year, at which time it's likely I WAS home for the holiday.
Also, all the set lists online for this show name several songs from the Close to the Edge album, which I wasn't familiar with. My memory is that they played more familiar songs from The Yes Album and Fragile. In addition, this date on the Wikipedia article on the Close to the Edge tour originally showed YSU Beeghly Center as the venue. I just now changed it to Struthers Fieldhouse, but in retrospect maybe I shouldn't have done this.
On the other hand, the Wikipedia article for the 1971 tour shows an open date on November 26, 1971, but it's sandwiched between two dates that were part of a three-day run New York City. So they would have to have loaded up all their gear and taken a road trip to play Struthers, then turn right back around and head for New York City again.
Definitely a topic for further research!
Patti Perazich Haskins
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 10:15 AM
I think the date is wrong. I was at the show. My dad "promoted" the show for Pat DiCesare, a Pittsburgh concert promoter/friend of my dad. I have his typewritten report of the show and the date he wrote is November 26, 1971. It was indeed Brainchild that opened the show. There was a pre-show argument over Yes not wanting to let Brainchild have a soundcheck but wanting to use Brainchild's lights. I think both sides got what they wanted. I helped carry equipment and take tickets etc. I was in 9th grade. Here's the link to a photo of the typewritten report in my Flickr stream: [Link]
Friday, November 1, 2013 10:05 PM
I was there. It was most definitely Youngstown's own Brainchild who opened for Yes.
I'm sure Yes were very good, but I don't have any specific memories of their performance. But the one thing I remember about Brainchild was that, for one song, one of the members played a Sousaphone! They had to winch his mic stand up to its maximum height in order to get it to reach the bell of the instrument.
And who shared the bill with them,one guy said Brainchild.
Great show,John Anderson had a cold but got through the night. Sat near the front of the stage with many friends ,Steve Howe was incredble on the guitar!They all rocked it out for sure!I am looking for the ticket stub to post at YRRH. Jac
This is great! I thought I was the only person who remembers the show. I must have been sitting near ya, because that same guy keep saying "lay down the sugar". I think the song was on a bootleg from a Yes called Baby Adolf. The song is really good. If anyone has a copy, please post.
By the way, the Barney Bean guy was really odd?
Man, I can't believe I remember being at this show. It was so cool, I swear to God it was!
Some local dude from some kid's show was the MC of the whole thing. I think it was Barney Bean. The guy was so out of place.
The Fieldhouse smelled real funny at first. Probably because that's where the circus usually played. That smell went away quickly with all of the pot in the air.
Anyway, Yes was cool....played Roundabout and Seen All Good People, and a bunch of other stuff I didn't know.
Good time, good buzz, but some clown next to me kept yelling, "Lay Down the Sugar!" What the hell is that......a song title, or words from a song??? Who knows??