Stupid French Marxists disrupted the YES show. What did Jon think of that?
Thursday, February 1, 2018 4:41 AM
It began like any other French concert- refined. Ushers took you to your seats. My friend Richard and I were seated several rows up off the main floor orchestra, in the middle, with a nice view of the stsge. I recall the music starting, Soft Machine, guitars wailing. The students from the Sorbonne (some said over 1000) stormed through the main doors at the top of the dished stadium and locked us all in. “Rock Populaire” -free rock, they all shouted. “Rock Populaire”. The event turned suddenly from a quiet night at the Opera Comique to the noise of the unruly crowd rising above the guitars. First.cane the baguettes flying through the air, ice cream and bottles of cheap wine with coke-bottle tops. Someone next to me gets hit in the head with a bottle. “Rock Populaire”. Play on. To my left the gendarmes opened a side door and mace drifted across the seats. The orchestra chairs were now piled up. The smell of mace and marijuana blending together in a swirling fog of confusion. “Rock Populaire” they shouted. More food. More wine. As midnight approached, the PA inducated the gendarmes would storm the place shortly. The doors were opened. My friend and I slipped into the night, streetlights shining off the cobblestones and the glass visors of the riot police lined up in rows- waiting patiently for the order to go. Alas, into the metro - back north to Rue Jacob. The music still plays in my head- these years later- the non-concert concert - was tres magnifique!
This show never happened - Yes (and the other bands mentioned) were due to perform at the Palais des Sports, but on January 31st. In the event they never got to - only Gong and Kevin Ayers did, before the concert degenerated into a riot.