I was in a front row seat at this gig, right in front of Steve Howe. It was a dismal night which put my girlfriend/wife off Yes for about twenty years. All of the problem was down to the singing. Chris saved it from being even worse by belting out the harmonies, but nothing could hide the flatness and lifelessness of Trevor's performance. I can only guess how awful he felt. For my own part, I didn't see Yes again until 2003. The damage done in those two hours was substantial.
The Trauma Tour. Trevor Buggle stank to the high heavens, he was a disaster area. Possibly one of the worst gigs I have ever attended ever, and I've seen Barclay James Harvest!
Actually the other terrible gig I was at was also in the Playhouse...Tangerine Dream in 1991. the greatest experimental band of the seventies and early eighties reduced to a pathetic new age act with poodle perms and a sax player. I'm not sure which was worse, this Yes gig or the TD.
Here goes. It is 17 years+ since I attended the gig at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 29th Nov 1980 - but I certainly remember the vibe, which I think came to a head (was building during the UK tour) in London where people walked out of the shows in their hundreds - this made headlines in rags of the time such as the Melody Maker.
[On how well Horn sang 'Yours Is No Disgrace'] People where I was sitting were close to tears, Not in awe but in anguish. In Edinburgh I knew the audience would give Trevor a chance (as opposed to say Glasgow), but from early on people were looking at each other - worse was to come with AYAI.
[On how well Horn sang 'And You And I'] This was the one that did it. This classic YES song was played early in the set and it was murdered. Not musically but vocally.
We had pretty good seats in the stalls directly in front of Steve Howe about a dozen rows back. Steve's guitar playing was the highlight of the show. The band lined up with Steve left and Chris right with Trevor centre. Alan was back right and Geoff was back left. A fairly simple and basic stage set with no major backdrop to speak of.
We felt genuinely embarrased for Trevor Horn whose singing was abysmal even on the DRAMA tracks. As I have said before, AYAI was just awful. The audience were unusually agitated for a YES concert and there were many arguments breaking out during and in between songs. My friend got into quite a heated debate with some people behind us who were shouting for Jon Anderson. He basically told them what was the point and that it wasn't helping the mood of the band or the crowd for that matter.
The feeling after the concert was that it wasn't really YES we had been to see and we were very subdued and depressed as we debated the show and drowned our sorrows in the pub afterwards.
The more I remember about the show the more painful it gets!.