I was at this concert !! I don't seem to remember Gryphon though. Yes, it was moved to the fronton ! Big wide stage there. The stage props were amazing ! They lit up and moved as the guys played under them ! Now I've got to get a copy of thr show !!!
This was actually my second concert ever (I had seen Uriah Heep earlier that year) and I was already a Yes fan. I was 15 years old and with a bunch of friends and my older brother and like the previous reviewer wrote, the staging was excellent. Patrick Moraz was fine--though I missed Wakeman, Moraz´s playing was superior. Steve Howe impressed me more than anything else, though, not only the stage presence but the quality of his playing was remarkable, lyrical and strong. A concert I shall never forget.
Actually, if the show was scheduled in Hollywood it must have moved, because I remember that show being at the Miami jai-lai fronton (or however the hell you spell it.) It was my first concert. I was thirteen and my older brother took me. I was almost as excited about seeing them as I had been about taking a certain ergot extract ( also from my older brother) earlier in the year. It was during that particular trip that we listened to Close to the Edge. The show was a feast. I'm sure that some of the party favors enhanced the visuals but damned if they weren't over the top. There was a screen shaped like wings behind them and I remember a set of ribs and lungs that undulated during one of the Tales numbers. In fact I have to report that the Alice Cooper show I saw months later seemed silly and lame theatrically after the Yes show (superior music yeswise aside.)
Sound wise it pretty much echoed a lot of what I'd heard on Yessongs except for the tales material and Relayer album. I still wish that I had seen Wakeman instead of Moraz but I think that Patrick Moraz made Relayer a unique album and tour. People either love or hate that record (I dig it myself.) Anyway I don't think that I have ever been to a concert that amazed me more; and I'm 37.
Oh one thing---I remember vividly a great Steve Howe solo spot during One of the songs from Relayer or Tales--I don't remember which---Like Segovia Jerry Garcia and Lindsey Buckingham rolled into one. When I saw them the next time it was 1991. He threatened to steamroll Trevor Rabin so much that I thought they were going to have to pump more ego into Rabin just to keep him alive.