44 years, 8 months and 15 days ago
Tuesday, September 19, 1978
I think the song with orange trees, etc. was circus to heaven which sounded like a non-yes song. It was emblematic of the difficulties the band was having with musical direction. Jon wanting to go softer, more ethereal, and Chris, Steve and Alan wanting to rock out I think.
Still, it was a good show. The medley was incredible...and from the smaller crowd, it was a sign that the classic years were ending.
I heard some audio of this show on a YouTube playlist:
[Link] really liked the intro before "Siberian Khatru". The intro to "Future Times" wasn't as great as on the TORMATO album, but the song was still great. I noticed a couple of differences in the lyrics. On TORMATO, the lyrics are "Highest Dance" whereas at the Cleveland show, it's "Highest Dancing". Also, on TORMATO, Chris say "Drifting, Drifting," but at this show he only says "Drifting once. The Medley was the highlight of the show. I loved the intro to "Time and a Word" and the transitions between each song. I think this might have the best version of "Perpetual Change" I've ever heard. "Don't Kill The Whale" was also great. This was also the only audio I've heard of "On The Silent Wings of Freedom" being played live. At the end of "I've Seen All Good People", all the band members are introduced and have their own little bit before saying "I've Seen All Good People turn their heads each day so satisfied I'm on my way."
Again my friends Jim, Jeff, and I made the journey to the Richfield Coliseum. This was a memorable concert for me, not only for the great show but we were able to get Jon and Chris's autograph. This was at the nearest Holiday Inn I believe. I took my LP of Yessongs along for the possibility and it paid off. I still treasure those albums to this day!
I seem to recall that Jon sang a non Yes tune. Unknown to me but I think the lyrics mentioned orange trees or something similar like that.
In the Medley, as "The Gates of Delirium" goes into "Soon", Jon Anderson misses his cue! The rest of the band cover the faux pas extremely professionally and Jon comes in on the next bar. Most in the audience probably didn't even notice the mistake!
This was the first of two show I saw in the round - this one and one in Cedar Rapids the next year on the Ten Summer's leg. The round stage was a really neat idea - revived I take it for the Union Tour. Jon stood atop a cube-like platform in the center. Jon was wild, leaping up to the top duing a couple of solos.
I've mentioned elsewhere that at this time, the Yes audience was eroding somewhat due to the retro backlash against progressive rock. However, Yes was still in high from - "Heart of the Sunrise" never seemed so powerful to me as those concerts in the round - maybe because Jon's mike was suspended in the center on a swivel and hung above him - he actually sang UP into the mike and the closing verse of "Heart" was enough to bring chills. I was amazed he could hit that high range with such power.
"Awaken" was even better for this tour I think than on the GFTO run - Wakeman seemed much more pwerful on the closing chords of the main part as Steve switched over to the pedal steel. I also remember this show as being very LOUD - perhaps because the sound system was suspended above and faced all directions. I'd love to see them in the round again - it really throws the focus on the music - the lights and staging were tastefully done, but austere compared to the Relayer and '76 tours.
I was disappointed that even in Cleveland - a stalwart bastion of Yes fans - the huge Coliseum was not close to sold out.......