Sunday, March 5, 1972
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach Civic Center
51 years and 23 days ago
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 9:59 PM
this was my first live rock show!
i thought 'it's a beautiful day' opened but maybe that was another show there.
great little hometown venue with some fond memories.
In March 1972 I had just turned 20, I'd been a bass guitar player since I was 13, and, since hearing "Long Distance Runaround" at a friend's house (which, for me, was one of those life moments like "everything from now on will a bit different"), I was already a HUGE Yes fan. This was the first time I saw the guys live.
The opening act was to be Foghat (like, what fool booked those two groups on the same stage?). Luckily for us, they didn't show, so Yes played the whole evening. The sound mix was very good from where I was seated (about 4th row center).
I remember being blown away by seeing just these 5 guys on stage put out so much music, so much power and finesse. Especially was this true during 'Heart of the Sunrise' when the swelling strings (thanks to Wakeman's mellotron) in the early quiet part came in right on cue. (like where's the orchestra, man?). Of course, this was years before there was such a thing as keyboard samplers or string ensembles.
I watched Squire like a hawk. Even back then he made the difficult bits look easy, causing no little envy on my part. Perpetual Change was a particular high point, seeing how they re-worked the busy part into the give-and-take, back-and-forth for the live performance.
Since then I've been to maybe 15 of their concerts, but this intimate little igloo at Virginia Beach (natives called it 'the Dome'), right at the dawn of their fame, was my favorite. There's just nothing like the first time.
Moe Van T
This was the first time I saw them. I was in the Navy at the time and I remember that there was supposed to be an opening band. They didn't show. I remember Jon Anderson coming out and telling us that they would do a double concert. It was truely one of the best concerts I have ever seen. The sound was incredible since this was just a small dome. Since them, I have seen them over 20 times.
The Virginia Beach show was great. The hall only held around 2,000 people, but I remember, that since it was the 1st time I saw them, and they ultimately became my #1 all time band, that particular concert made quite an impression on me.