My goodness this was so long ago, yet such a highlight of my teen years. My friends and I lived in Saskatoon and were obsessed Prog fans all. When we heard that our idols were coming to within driving distance, it seemed like an impossible dream come true.
Even getting the tickets was an event. I recall buying them at a local FM station, from none other than Jerry Lucky, who later wrote the globally successful "Progressive Rock Files" books.
On the afternoon of May 1st, six of us crammed into a Chevy van (how 70s eh?) and drove the 2 hours to Regina for the show. The only mistake was in smoking far too many joints - this really impaired my ability to appreciate and recall the show to the extent I'd have liked! Stoopid teenager...luckily I saw the band again as an adult and so have detailed memories of that at least.
But I digress. I do recall the revolving stage, the wonderful sound and lights, and being totally thrilled for the duration of the show. I was always frustrated at being unable to recall the setlist, and so am very grateful tonight at seeing the lists for Winnipeg and Edmonton which I assume are the same as Regina was. I still have my tour programme too, in mint condition (tickets affixed inside), and stored in my YesShows gatefold all these years!
I remember being astounded that after so many years of being a huge Yes fan I would finally have a chance to see them in concert and in Saskatchewan, my home, of all places. I rushed to get tickets and was in the second row of an amazing in the round stage. It was magical, the whole night was magical. It seemed that every time a member was performing amazing solos we were in the right place; Chris Squire's Bass solo from the Fish, Rick Wakeman's keyboard solo from Starship Trooper, Steve Howe's guitar solo's, Alan White's drum solo and Jon Anderson singing Soon from Relayer. They were so vivid I still see them today! It was and remains my favourite concert of all time, and I have seen a few memorable ones since then.
I was 16 and attending Notre Dame College in Wilcox at the time.
I was already hip to the Yes-sound, and to be able to stand RIGHT AT THE REVOLVING STAGE and listen to one of the greatest collections of musicians was a memory I'll never lose.
Only seeing Pink Floyd perform the Wall in New York, was a more memorable event in my musical upbringing.
Can't wait for Steve Howe's show this October in Toronto...
Tormato Tour Survivor
It's okay John. You saw the best one.
This was a concert that rolled through town when I was only 13 I think. I was getting seriously into the rock and roll thing and at the time and had recently been to a few of my first concerts, Narareth being the first. I really didn't know the band at all at that point and me and a friend decided to pass on going. I'm sure their music would have been a little or alot over my head at that point anyways. I got turned on to the Fragile album at about age 16 or 17 and that was it. I forever said good-bye to heavy metal and the harder side of rock and went on to become probably as big a fan of Yes music as there ever was (you can ask my brother!). Over time I have often thought about the concert that I never went to as I have never had the priveledge to see Yes live since then. Years later I moved to Calgary and bought 2 tickets to finally see them but the show was cancelled for some reason. Still Yes-less!