Wow Itís impossible to believe that the show was 40 years ago tonight I was not a huge ass fan but I would go to all the shows that came through San Antonio and this one was a lot better than I expected it to be As noted in the other reviews it started super late and they blamed it on the bass player not getting a ride the fact that it was a Sunday night and I had school the next day ( 8 th grade) as Iím sure a lot of other people dead the crowd was not happy but once the show got started we loved it and weíre sitting very close towards the end crowd rush the stage and I got very close almost right to the front and the amazing light show in the round just blew me away along with a few substances we had taken The sound was perfect I did not know a lot of the set list as I was way more into scorpions and iron maiden Judas Priest etc. but they definitely won me over and I still play the drama album quite regularly Iíll give it a spin tonight in honor of the 40 year anniversary for those who saw the tour do you know what Iím talking about for those of you that didnít it really was a once in a lifetime deal
walter in Austin
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:38 AM
Definitely remember the show starting VERY late. Crowd was restless, and some guy had a public freakout that caused a police chase across the arena, with the crowd cheering for the guy up until he was caught, tackled and taken out. I seem to also remember a stage annoucement that the delay was based on Squire being late for the show. Given all I've read (much from Bruford) about Squire being late for things and not caring about how it impacted other people, it was disappointing but not ultimately surprising.
I really enjoyed this show, despite the late start. I like the "Drama" album, and was ready to take the two new players on their own merits. Horne had a hard time with some of the high notes, but who wouldn't? He brought his own personality to the show, and he and Downes provided a certain 80s update to the sound without compromising the musicianship on display. It was a fascinating line-up, and it would have been interesting to see where else it could have gone.
Howe, Squire and White seemed to be really enjoying the musical interplay, and there seemed to be less tension on-stage than at some other Yes shows I've been to. Given all the things us Yes fans have read over the years as I write this (in 2013), Anderson evidently could be a real source of tension at times and in 1980 he was starting his downward slide in terms of trite, "twee" cringe-worthy lyric writing that continues to this day. This was also around the time Wakeman started cranking out a huge number of albums each year that seemed to value quantity over quality, and his times back with Yes in subsequent years were often marked by live playing that seemed rushed and lacking commitment (eg. all those hurried intros to "Awaken" we've all seen him do), not to mention his Korg endorsement deal that led to decades of bad-sounding keyboard patches. So I don't hold it against the other three that they did "Drama" with the Buggles guys....new blood, new fire, new energy...those aren't necessarily bad things. And I've always much prefered "Drama" to "90125"......
ps. it was also nice to see Squire switch to piano and Horne go to bass for "Run Through the Light," which is a very good song.
The 9/28 show was actually at the Hemisphere Arena in San Antonio. I was a student at UT Austin at the time and drove with my roommate to SA for the show. In fact it was about 1.5 hrs late starting because I believe Chris Squire was late getting to the arena because of flight complications. The crowd was really rowdy by the time the show started and pegged Alan's cymbals with a couple of frisbees.