Monday, December 10, 1973
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
49 years, 3 months and 20 days ago
Empire Theatre had by this time become a bingo hall, concerts started around 11:30pm, after the gambling crew had departed.
I was 19 and it was my first yes concert. Rick had come onstage to tune-up his kit and was accosted by some fans with what looked like a bottle of vodka. Despite his reluctance partake in their lack of sobriety, he eventually succumbed to their Scottish charm. Either that or he was wary of receiving a Glasgow kiss.
Then the build-up, 'Firebird', and the group appearing from a white disc like entrance. John all in white, Rick in his cape, Chris in his dress (looked like a dress to me) and boots and Steve in his pyjamas (it was later than I thought obviously). Alan must have been conservatively dress as I don't really remember him coming onstage.
It was a great concert and parts are still engraved in my mind. The audience reaction to TFTO section was a bit muted, in my recollection, it was only recently released and was a challenge if you had not listened to the LP beforehand (luckily I had owned this for 2 days).
John looked a bit unhappy at the end and left the stage pretty quickly leaving Steve to make the thank you's.
This is some time ago but thought I should post this before the dementia sets in.