50 years, 6 months and 27 days ago
Wednesday, November 8, 1972
Huntington, West Virginia
Veterans Memorial Field House
I too saw this show at the Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse.I believe that this was the best concert I ever saw.I recall the light show at the start of Close to the Edge looked like thousands of birds flying.I recall the drummer's high top Converse shoes and I think the opening act had Glen Cornick ??
I attended this concert, however, it was not held at the Huntington Civic Center (which wasn't even the germ of an idea in 1972), but rather the show was performed at the Veterans Memorial Field House. The Field House was (and still is) effectively an overgrown gymnasium, with only the feablist of sound baffles (ceiling tiles) vertically hung from the rafters. In spite of this acustical nightmare, Yes still pulled off what is, to this day, one of the finest, live sonic adventures that my ears have ever experienced. Maybe that's not so incredible a feat, considering that Eddie Offord had engineered "Close to the Edge" and no doubt contributed in no small way to the live sound reproduction for the tour. For all I know, Eddie was running the boards that night. But, nonetheless, it is incredible that the event still stands the test of nearly four decades hence. And I am a musician who has seen his share of concerts. The Hall & Oates H2O tour performance, which I oddly enough saw at the same venue some 10 years later, came close, as did Pink Floyd's Dark Side tour show, which I attended at another Vet's arena in Charlotte, NC, just a year after this particular Yes show. Yes Close to the Edge is something I will always remember with the greatest respect and admiration for the players and their crew. Just incredible.o