42 years, 8 months and 28 days ago
Friday, September 12, 1980
I was prepared for Yes's new lineup, I had played Drama many times, and I liked it. Philadelphia is full of Yes fans, I felt the band was on edge. The group itself was playing excellent, especially Steve,Chris & Alan . My friends & I were paying close attention to Trevor & Geoffrey. Looking back 28 years, I must say it wasn't as bad as people said.
The set list has been corrected -- to include "Parallels"!
Parallels was INDEED Played.
Parellels was played. Steve Howe interviewed with 'Ed Shiackey' on WYSP before the show and advised "We will be playing the entire album and Parellels, AYAI, YIND, Starship Trooper and Roundabout... yeah,, those five. Things Trevor is really confortable with as Chris harmonizes...Plus a couple of surprises." (Which turned out to be 'Go Thru This' and 'We can Fly from here'
All in all, Anderson was not missed because the band stepped up and rocked hard. A few numbnuts screaming 'Wakeman here and there, but Downes was very good, as was Horn. I've always rated it in the top 5 shows that I have seen out of 24 through 10 tours.
Sat at the top of the Spectrum for this show. Beg to differ on the set list - Parallels was played - Downes used his hammond instead of using his Fairlight for Pipe Organ. White was very angry as he left the stage.
Paul Gravelle Jr
Was sitting in the 3rd row and Yes had come in the Round again. This was the new line up minus Jon & Rick. We were all serious Yes Freaks and my friend Bob kept yelling "Jon Anderson !, Jon Anderson !". Squire kept giving him the evil eye as he came around and the third time he came around he gave him the finger. They were playing Yours Is No Disgrace. Bob stopped yelling after that and we all had a great laugh out of it. Squire rarely looked down at our section the remainder of the evening. That apparently really pissed him off.