A couple of coeds that I attended high school with were able to purchase front row seats and obtained one for me out of the goodness of their hearts! To say that I was surprised would be an understatement! This was my 3rd yes concert and with front row seats it almost matched my first concert in Sept of 1972. I was a little disappointed in that the group had turned to theatrics at the expense of the music with the giant set. If I'm correct, I think it was similar to the set they used on the 'Tales' tour, but my memory has faded a bit. Also, I was disappointed because Patrick Moraz was with them instead of Rick Wakeman, but in hindsight it didn't matter. The experience was great in that it was an enjoyable evening in a great college town at a relativly small venue. Still, the freedom of fesitival seating was absent that allowed for the best concert experience.
The first "real" concert I ever attended. I'm not counting the Grassroots. Yes was mesmerizing, overwhelming, and far beyond my comprehension. What a show to pop my cherry! The visuals and effects were as memorable as the music, which was incredible. I wore my shirt from the concert until it literally fell apart. In 30-40 shows from other bands since, none ever transfigured me as this one did! Wish I could relive this one!!!
This was one of the first "Big Name" concerts that I ever attended, in fact I still have the ticket stub. And while I was in a slightly "altered stated" at the concert, I do have a couple of vivid memories. One being of the keyboard player - Patrick Moraz. As a kid I took piano lessons for many years, so I watched Patrick very closely. Then in '78 or '79 I went to a Moody Blues concert in Ames, and there he was again - way too cool. Almost deja vu all over again.
Thanks for the site. It's always fun seeing the play lists of concerts that I have attended.
On December 7, 1974, Yes played in Iowa City, Iowa, which is where we were going to college, and was the day before my birthday. (Talk about heaven, Yes coming to my little town on the day before my birthday!!)