Wow! Rick Wakeman's first show in the US. Fragile would not be released in the US until January of 1972, but a number of songs from Fragile were played this night at the Whisky to the amazement of the crowd. Yes opened the concert with Roundabout and Heart of the Sunrise had people gasping for breath. When Yes had finished the first of two sets some soul brothers who were there to see soul singer Mary Wells, who was also on the bill, asked "What's the name of that group?" after i replied Yes one of them said "Man They Is YES!"
Billboard Oct. 9, 1971: Yes in Return Visit to the U.S.
NEW YORK - Yes, British group who scored heavily during its first U.S. tour in July, have scheduled a second trip, which will open at the Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, on Nov. 3. The group will be in the country for seven weeks and dates are being set.
In 1971 I saw Yes at the Whisky A Go Go (touring to support the recent release of 'Fragile'), and the opening act was Mary Wells. Truly bizarre.