August 15, 1972 The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 11 Publication: The Daily Oklahoman Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Issue Date: Tuesday, August 15, 1972 Page: 11
[Link] played in Oklahoma City – Civic Center Music Hall Sunday 20th August 1972 ! 'Yes' to Perform in City center
IRS district director Clyde Blckerstaff announced the English rock group Yes will appear in concert Sunday at Civic Center Music Hall. The 8 p.m. show will bring to the hall the Atlantic Records artists of the albums of "Yes," "Fragile," and "Close To The Edge." : In one year the group has earned a , gold album award, a sold-out concert tour and the top spot on the Melody Maker music poll. Specializing In soft rock, the group has often appeared as backup band for Black Sabbath and Ten Years After. Yes now is billed as a headliner. Band members Include two founding musicians, , Jon Anderson - as lead vocalist and Chris Squire on bass guitar. Other, band members are… Yes, a young English soft rock band now on it second United States tour, will spear in concert next Sunday at Civic Center Music Hall.
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August 20, 1972 The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 132 Publication: The Daily Oklahoman Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Issue Date: Sunday, August 20, 1972 Page: 132
An appearance has been scheduled by the English rock music group Yes at 8 p.m. Sunday at Civic Center Music Hall. Described as a soft-rock band, the group's albums include "Yes", "Time and a Word", "The Yes Album", "Fragile" and their latest release, "Close to the Edge". Led by singer Jon Anderson, Yes recently was voted "best new vocal group" and won seven of eight honors bestowed by the Los Angeles Star. Other members of the group are Rik Wakeman, who plays five keyboard instruments; guitarists Chris Squire and Steve Howe, and drummer Al White. Howe plays both electric and acoustic guitar and writes songs, while Wakeman plays organ, piano, mellotron, electric piano and Moog. Anderson writes the bulk of the group's songs and Squire also contrib…
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 1:23 AM
Seems this gig in Oklahoma City didn't happen as according to this website
[Link] YES and EAGLES played Little Rock – Barton Coliseum 1st August 1972 6,500 in attendance
If you heard 'Close to the Edge', you were probably at the April 12, 1973 Oklahoma City show, not this one.
I was at this show. You know, so many years gone by, but what little I do remember, to this day I will never forget. This show was the very first concert I had ever attended. My brother and his best friend took me, thank goodness my parents made him responsible for me and he HAD to take me.
I faintly remember the stage, and of course the smell. I don't think I will ever forget the smell!! The stage was draped with the most unusual decorations I had ever seen. From the opening of the "traditional classical music" Stravinsky's Firebird, I was completely overtaken. Never had I heard such beautiful melodies that seemed to be so well thought out. I was just beginning to experience music at this age and I can say that listening to those melodies that night is what molded and changed my life. From that point on I knew I had to do something with music.
Close to the Edge was the most incredible thing I had ever heard. Watching Wakeman, cape and all, play all the stacked keyboards was a image still etched in my mind. I stood amongst many listeners on the floor smoking pot, screaming, yelling..etc..but, I stood there sober and completely overtaken by the melodies. Such controlled soaring lines that still convince me today that these musicians were "DIFFERENT" then those in the genre at that time.
I did go to other concerts after this attendance. I went to Grand Funk, Grateful Dead, and a few others. I can honestly say that I walked out before they were even finished. Since then, I have attended every Yes show that has come to Oklahoma. Three times in the past 12 years they have cancelled, but, I still await another show.