Wednesday, March 7, 1984
St. Paul, Minnesota
St. Paul Civic Center
39 years and 13 days ago
I remember distinctly how Trevor Rabin tried to adapt Steve's guitar parts to his own style of playing. He sidestepped some very popular riffs, which was no big surprise. I was pleasantly suprised at how fresh and stripped down Tony's keyboards were, compared to Wakeman's--even though I had always been a huge Wakeman fan. In general, though, I really missed the "warmth" of the older, grander tunes, played by the classical members Steve and Rick.
The tour was sponsored by Sparkomatic Car Sound. Opening act was a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
I remember a fine laser show, where at one point creating a green cone of light around Tony Kaye and the keyboards, and prior to the encore shining through a screen above the arena, alternately drawing a revolving Earth, the old Roger Dean Yes logo, and the new "Y" logo. At one point towards the end of the concert, a 20-ish female climbed on stage, swayed to the music a little, and deftly evaded security for 30 seconds or so. Didn't disrupt the song, but got a roar from the crowd!