I wish there was a recording of this!! I was there!! Very Special!!!!
Thursday, May 31, 2018 11:09 AM
When we got to Roosevelt Stadium we found out the show was rained out.No problem,hung out and partied and prayed the rescheduled show would NOT fall on the time we were taking family vacation down the Shore.Well sure enough.My friend Dave's older brother was still going to take us until his girlfriend arrived in Seaside.Both being 14 Dave and I had no wheels.WE thought of hitch hiking up the Parkway....but after about ten seconds of that we decided to try to sell our tickets on the boardwalk.Sure enough one of the workers at Lucky Leo's album booth bought both for ten bucks. We missed the greatest band of all time but gorged ourselves on cheese steaks and soda. Caught 76 show there and haven't been the same since.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 1:47 AM
This was my fourth Yes show, following the CTTE, Tales and Relayer tours. I was 20 and a concert veteran. On the way down from CT, our car mysteriously caught fire on the West Side Highway over Harlem and was destroyed. We still made it on time, but the show was postponed! Returning on July 25, I had backstage passes and got in first! It was surreal to be sitting with my girlfriend in front of the stage in a completely empty field and stadium. An hour or so later the gates opened and hundreds of people were suddenly running toward us at breakneck speed from several directions. Most of the people around us were pretty joyous. Of course being in the front rows will do that! Then the rains came. Some bright soul pulled out one of those silvery plastic space blankets which a group of us held over our heads, creating an impromptu tent for 8 to 10 of us. Both acid and alcohol users were in abundance, which is really NOT a good mix, but there were no incidents that I could see. The group huddled under the blanket broke out into a spontaneous a capella version of South Side of the Sky, replete with thick Jersey accents. This is a funny thing to hear for people from outside the NY/NJ accent axis. The rain finally ended and Ace came out, much to our annoyance. Who booked these guys? How Long indeed! When their seemingly interminable set closed, Chris Squire came out to cheers, but his request that we ask Ace for an encore was not well met. IIRC, the chant was "We want Yes, no more Ace!" Chris shrugged and the singer for Ace grabbed the mic and said "Well, the band would like to thank you for the warm treatment we've received here. We'll certainly remember it." I felt bad for the guys, but their pop rock was not a good fit for a restless Yes crowd. Apparently a lot of them were at their first concert(see other reviews here), lol! C'mon, this was Jersey; they were expecting a genteel crowd? Rain was a continuing possibility, and NONE of us wanted Yes cut short. I hope Ace understands that the scattered boos and shouts to "get off the stage" weren't really about THEIR music, it was just a means of expediting the Yesshow we had come to see. Even though I'd seen the Relayer tour eight months earlier, I was slightly jarred when Sound Chaser followed the Firebird Suite recording instead of Siberian Khatru, the result of countless playings of Yessongs. But it was great after the initial shock, and when they followed that with CTTE, I was in a state of bliss. They played the rest of Relayer and it was great. The thing Moraz did best with Yes was, naturally, the stuff he recorded with them. Gates of Delirium was intense, but Soon was soothing. In those days, it seemed Yes concerts were structured for trippers, with intense periods of rocket-fueled propulsion, immediately followed by stretches of soothing, quiet passages. It occurred within the context of individual songs like SSOTS and CTTE, and in terms of song placement in the setlist, and this night was no exception. Your Move/All Good People always gets people going, and this crowd was pumped for it. At most of my 16 or so Yes concerts, Steve played either The Clap or Mood for a Day, and both provided softer moments this night. And You and I were, as always, highlights, and Sweet Dreams a sweet surprise and the only time I saw them play it. Though I missed Rick when Moraz would put his own stamp on the music, it wasn't a bad stamp, just different. Hard to swallow for a Wakeman fan, but probably unnoticeable to new fans who came aboard that night or with the Relayer LP. All in all a memorable night and a great performance.
Monday, August 3, 2015 8:17 AM
yes, it was an awesome show.with huge piles of speakers on both sides of the stage.i also was 15 and it was my first concert and I was blown away. I can remember the atmosphere was scary !!! people rolling around in the mud on bad trips, m80's blowing up over peoples heads.the burnt pretzels being sold out side the stadium .I am 55 years old now writing this post and I can honestly say it was one of the most memorable experiences in my life.
This show was surreal. For 30-plus years, it is forever etched in my mind. We went with about six guys. The entire stadium floor was grass and (mostly) dirt. It was wall-to-wall people. Back in the day, they played professional baseball and football there. I was 15. It was the first time I saw Yes. I remember just how taken I was with Yes' musical talent. I had never heard anything like it, especially the song Close To The Edge. I also remember the acid. Without exaggeration, I think over 50 percent of the crowd was tripping. That was frightening, too, especially seeing all those unconscious people being wheeled into ambulances. This was one of the very few markers in my young life.
It was my first concert. I had hitched from Copake NY where I was working for the summer in a camp with a guy named Michael. We met up with friends from The Bronx where we lived. It was a great concert! All the songs that I wanted to hear! To find this web site was a great memory. Thanks I also saw YES in 1998 with my X-Husband at Montage Mountain in Scranton PA. Boy did that bring back alot of memories to my PAST.
Man, it seems so hard to believe that this show, my first Yes show, was almost 32 years ago. I was forever changed by that show! The whole show was simply amazing. "Gates" totally blew me away and from that point on it became my favorite Yes song. I can still remember "Sweet Dreams" piercing through my brain. Roosevelt Stadium was a great place to go for concerts back then. Each show was like an all day party. Used to take hours to get out after a show. Even after they closed it down my friends and I would make an occasional pilgrimage up there and remember what it once was. The only thing that could top this show was the show was the next, and last Yes show the following year!
this was without question the best yesshow i have been priveleged to attend. hours before the show started jon came out for a sound check which included 2 songs he sang playing acoustic guitar. he also showed the crowd the electronic slinkys made famous by moraz.by the way, moraz was on fire this show. also did an encore of sweet dreams which blew me away. this one buzzed in my head for months. will never forget it was worth the rainout, path trains , buses and waiting in penn station for the lirr in a blurred state of mind
Just a quick note. It was the next year that someone was killed outside of the show, not this concert.
Ace (How long ... has this been going on?) was the warm up band. They were boo'ed (and bottled) off stage during their first tune. Jon Anderson came out and asked the crowd to let them come back out and finish their show, which they did. The bass player/lead singer wore a hard hat.
I believe this was the show where someone was killed, which led to the closing of Roosevelt Stadium to concerts. Killed at a YES concert -- go figure.
In reviewing the setlist, I can unequivocally say that yes did not play Starship Trooper that evening. It was a great show, of course, with the first performance of an all acoustic set. As good as it was, it paled in comparison to the legendary '76 Roosevelt Stadium gig, the best yes concert I ever attended.
What a concert!! I had a 102 fever but there was no way I was gonna miss that show! my older brother said I was crazy but you can't tell a 15 year old anything. any how me and my best friend were sitting in the stands but I just kept on getting sicker by the hour so we took our blanket and went down to the field so I could lay down and this older gut asked my friend if I was on a bad trip or something and she told him no she just has a fever,so he reached into a big bag he had and pulled out a small bottle of blackberry brandy, brand new and just gave it to me! he said this will get you through the night and it did! Any way I never got to really thank that guy but if by some chance he reads this,THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! that was a concert I will never forget.Yes is the best! Cant wait to see them this summer
I can''t beleive both these guys were the same age as I was 15, and it was my first concert also .But I was only in the rainout we were the guys in the airplane hagar with the Keg of Heinies which we thought was the coolest thing known to man at the time. In between the two dates I got caught smoking pot, so it was no more concerts for me for a while.
Roosevelt Stadium- I believe Ace was the opening band. Lots of bikers there!
I was at the '75 Roosevelt Stadium show in a, umm, similar state of mind as many in the audience, although I was 15 at the time...so, the 'three headed monster' was really there, eh? There was a definite 'menacing' kind of vibe from certain leather-clad sectors of the audience- however, an incredible show. I did read something about violence in the Newark Star Ledger the next day, someone may have even been killed...there was lots of dealing and partying in the parking lot, as there always was at every show in the '70's
At a tender 16 years of age this was my first concert and fine baptisim of fire I'd say. Roosevelt Stadium was an ancient minor league baseball stadium in Jersey City N.J. which was also used by the Brooklyn Dodgers occasionally back in the 50's. It should provbably been condemmed long before this show but thats another story. The show here was cancelled about a week earlier because of heavy rain, and this was the make up date. The field was still really muddy as we found a decent spot reasonably near the stage. It was a typical 1975 set with 3 epics, (CttE, Ritual, TGoD), but the real surprise for me was them playing Sweet Dreams. The guys who took me to the show had seen the first N.Y. area Relayer show at the Garden in N.Y.C. and thought this a far better performance. I can only recall two things going on on stage
- the lighting from the inside "rocks", (courtesy of Roger Dean), and the wickedly outrageous boots Squire wore! For me it was quite the concert happening