my 1st yes show; john martyn came out by himself with an acoustic guitar, sat down and blew most of the 18,000 yes fans away; astonishing performance ... dan farrell is probably remembering a john martyn track called 'outside in', runs almost 20 minutes long; you can get a great recording of it on his live at leeds album, recorded about a year after the toronto show ...
back to the yes show, yes came on to a somewhat stunned crowd, and brought them back to earth with some familiar numbers opening the show, then played the entire tales fom topographic oceans, sounds wasn't great at maple leaf gardens, and we were at the back of the hall, still a excellent show with plenty of soloing, squire knows how to fill a cavernous hockey rink with sound and not drown out the rest of the band, also a first look at wakeman, very slick performance
I SAW THIS SHOW IN MONTREAL , AND JOHN MARTYN'S OPENING WAS FANTASTIC ! ONE MAN WITH AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR , AND HE FILLED THE MONTREAL FORUM WITH AN INCREDIBLE PERCUSSIVE SOUND. NEVER HEARD ANYTHING LIKE IT , AND I'VE SEARCHED YOUTUBE AND BEYOND TO SEE IF THERE IS ANY KNOWN RECORDING OF IT. UNFORTUNATELY , MAYBE NO ONE EVER FILMED HIS OPENING SPOT..... TOO BAD , BECAUSE IT WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL ITSELF.
Billboard, March 30, 1974:
When cult-followed John Martyn appeared before the masses for the first time in Toronto and Montreal (Feb. 22 and 25) it was preceding Yes, and most of the fans probably didn't need an acoustic folkie to set them up for the Grand Rock they had paid for.