50 years, 6 months and 17 days ago
Saturday, November 11, 1972
Durham, North Carolina
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 4:52 PM
During the Firebird intro Steve calls Jon 6 times!
I think it was a critical turn in my life between life and death. I had an awful childhood, lived in a depressed state, and had just started college. Admittedly, I was very, very altered, foolishly so, on my first psychedelic experience that evening at Duke, and had the music been negative -- instead of Yes -- I would probably be in an insane asylum today, still. I had no concept heretofore of ego death, or eternity, or timelessness, and I've always felt that Yes were my spiritual guides this evening, appointed.
Anyway, "Close to the Edge" was performed almost as well as it plays on the LP, and the group was preceded by a wonderful folk-fairy-psychedelic vocal rock band called Tranquility (promoting their LP, "Silver", which is great, by the way). "And You and I" sent the crowd roaring.
Thanks, Yes. You changed my life for the better.
c. whitney aldridge II
I happened to be present at this concert. It was held indoors at the Duke University indoor "stadium", (their basketball court). I sat to the left of the band on bleacher-type seats or something similar. I could not believe my luck at being there. At the time I was attending a small liberal arts college, (Atlantic Christian) located about 60 miles east of Durham in Wilson, N. C. I do not recall hearing anything from "Close to the Edge" before then. I am not even sure it had been released yet. It was a magical, almost overpowering experience. To note, I was not high while in attendence. The beauty of that evening remains with me to this day.
I just listened to the 11/11/72 show and noticed a few things. The show started with Steve being low in the mix and Rick being much louder, so it is difficult to hear Steve's solo at the end of Siberian. This gets much better throughout the show. Right before Steve's solo he plays a couple of bars from 'Mrs. Robinson'. And the track list is actually Clap>Mood For A Day>Clap.
Also, before 'And You & I', while Steve is tuning up, Jon speaks for a while: "Um..tuning up now...we're gonna do a song from the new album'we used to call this song in the studio while we were recording it''The Protest Song'. I got to thinking'..all the protest songs that've been written'...all the incredible ones from Bob Dylan'...and the folk singers alike'..and The Beatles'..nobody
listens'..you know, the people in charge'..It's all there...'for them to listen to and to sort out and to make it great for our children'..cause we're all going to have children'..Eveybody here. Anyway, this song relates to a few things. In the middle and at the end. It relates to dreaming about all the good things in life. And if enough people dream about it, maybe it'll come true for us all, and for our children."
Also, before Close To The Edge, Jon states: "Actually, we're recording tonight'..we decided to record." My copy, however, is audience miked, but I guess at one time there was a soundboard copy.