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It had only been a couple of years since I had really discovered Yes, 'Going For The One' Being the first album I bought and is still my favourite of all their works. Then disaster struck when Anderson & Wakeman were replaced by Horn and Downes...
I quite liked the Drama album, it wasn't quite Yes exactly, but it still had some incredible rock music on it, in particular 'Into The Lens' and 'Machine Messiah' have marvellous playing from all the band.
In 1980 Yes decided to play smaller venues in the UK, and Lewisham Odeon was just a few miles from where I grew up in south east London. This was my first chance to see the band albeit not quite the classic line up.
Yes appeared thru a cloud of smoke on the final note of the Firebird Suite and kicked into a set mainly comprising somgs from Drama and The Yes Album. During 'Yours Is No Disgrace' It was wonderful to see Howe & Squire do their stuff and Geoff Downes was very good too.
The main problem was the vocals; poor Trevor Horn; After a long tour his voice was in a bad way. I particularly remember 'And You And I' where Horn sang completely flat throughout, it was extremely awful especially during the quiet parts where he sang only accompanied by Howe's acoustic. Some members of the audience called out insults to Horn - Oh dear..
I remember making eye contact with Chris Squire, he didn't look happy - I think my expression told him that this Yes was not happening, and indeed, very soon after this tour, it was all over.