Gaelic Park is not now and never was a sand lot baseball field. Gaelic Park was where the Irish came out to watch and play sports, Gaelic Foitball and Hurling,from their homeland. It was also the host of many dinner dances. Today, it is Manhattan College home field in addition to still hosting Gaelic Games.
Friday, July 31, 2015 4:22 PM
1) Gaelic Park is not in the South Bronx. It's in the far Northwest Bronx. It was a multipurpose athletic field (and dance hall!), not just for baseball. The Park is still there, run by Manhattan College now.
2) The WNEW-FM host was Scott 'Scottso' Muni, who passed away in 2004
3) It's doubtful that they borrowed instruments. Pictures show Howe playing his acoustic 'vachalia' as well as his usual hollow-body Gibson.
i seriously doubt they did not have their instruments. They were on tour. They definately had their instruments
This show by Yes, at Gaelic Park, was a seminal moment for rock music in New York, because it brought a new style of music into the City.
Gaelic Park, which is a sand lot baseball field in the South Bronx, had been a venue for rock bands for several summers. We all sat on blankets or the grass and watched the various shows, which featured big name as well as rising talent. There was always the headline act and a warm up band, and sometimes local bands played as an early warm up. Tickets that summer were $4.
On this date, Scott Mooney of WNEW-FM came on stage and introduced Yes as the "new band from England". They had not been scheduled to play here and were stopping by at the end of their tour. In fact, they had to borrow instruments to play their songs. Scott announced that Yes had just signed a new Tour contract and that they were on their way somewhere else and could only play a few songs.
As the band began to play, we looked around at each other and commented to each other that these guys were good. Before the end of their short set, everyone was on their feet cheering. We shouted out "Yes" to show our satisfaction.
The odd thing about this show was that as we enjoyed subsequent bands, Humble Pie and Mountain, everyone shouted "YES" after their great songs. The show ended before Mountain, and the audience, was satisfied (despite other reviews), which led to some bottle throwing at the stage set.
But we all knew that we had seen something very special. I went home that night, told my brother Bob, and have been a Yes fan ever since. Seen a lot of bands since then, and I've seen Yes several times since then...but never something as electric as that late afternoon outdoor performance by Yes. Absolutely wonderful.
After seeing, and being blown away by Yes for the first time on 7/15, I was anxious to see them again. Gaelic Park was the soccer field for Manhattan College, which strangely enough, is in the Bronx! Yes opened for, once again, Humble Pie, and this time, headliner Mountain. One of the great, little known, concerts of all time. All the bands were outstanding. Yes more than held their own with the better known, more experienced bands. The bands played long into the night, and since there was a curfew for noise in the area, the power was turned off during one of Mountain's many encores. Felix Pappalardi, Mountain's bassist and singer, had to yell out to the crowd without benefit of a PA system, that the show was over. No one, however, left unhappy!
[When asked what is It's Love] Its a Young Rascals song *much* redone by Yes in fact your can hear Anderson announce it as such.