I remember being so excited about YES being reunited, rejuvenated, and back in the spotlight. At the time, this show (and the following night) blew me away. The staging, the lights, the cartoon at the start, Trevor Rabin's flashy playing. They were a fun two nights (and later in the summer at Poplar Creek). Now, 36 years later, I listened more closely to the audience recording from that night. The concert wasn't as good as I thought at the time. The playing was quite sloppy at times, the vocals cut in and out, and Trevor's playing on the older Yes tunes - well, let's just say I miss Steve Howe. And what was the deal with Kaye's "solo" and Trevor's "Solly's Beard?" Just kind of rambled. Anyway, I still enjoyed it at the time. And thankfully, their success on that massive tour (how did they not drop from sheer exhaustion when you look at that schedule?) brought the band back to life. Without that success, I don't think we would have been seeing Yes 20 years into the 21st century.
My First time seeing YES at the Horizon.Not one of my favorite times seeing the Band, although not all the negative reasons were the band's fault, it was just a bad night for me to be at a concert, and thats all I'll say about that.As far as YES goes,They generally played okay. BUT,at one point,Anderson's clip-on mic wouldn't work, so he was given a hand-held one.They had some elaborate lighting effects, especially some of the 3-D hologram lasers.It was Great having Jon back,as he got a BIG standing ovation after his solo spot"SOON". Their choice of stage wardrobe was...well...odd. Jon in the white french pastry chef outfit(!?);Rabin was in a red leisure suit looking like a theater usher;Squire had on the "Whooly Mammoth"thing(how the heck did he not pass out in the thing,I don't know),and I think Alan just wore a black sleeveless shirt.I don't recall what Tony Kaye wore. Okay,I'll stop being a fashion critic,sorry. They did a good job on the 90125 songs and the solos were great also. I was also surprised how well the classic tunes were done.It's just my opinion , of course,but I enjoyed the 9012live video more than this particular show(Again,not entirely the band's fault).Alas,better shows were yet to come.
I was at both shows in Chicago on this tour. I had been a huge fan of the band for years, but was only 13 when they came around on the Drama tour. Not having any money of my own at that age, and knowing better than to even bother to ask my parents for tickets, I had to let the Drama shows go by.
I was bummed that Wakeman and Howe weren't there, especially Howe who I was into so much that I actually sat through two shitty Asia shows just to see him live.
The first show blew my mind mostly because I had never seen lasers before and they had a lot of them. Plus I was really baked which made the lasers all the cooler. The next night my buddy and I went back and brought a tape recorder. I enjoyed the show but for some reason came away kind of disappointed. I never have exactly put my finger on what it was, but I think when I saw them for a second time, I noticed the absence of Howe a lot more. I never saw Trevor Rabin as anything but a typical, shitty '80s guitarist.
My friend and I taped the show and got a pretty good quality tape out of it. I used to listen to it a lot and remember the good parts of the show. Still, it was a poor substitute for what I really would have liked, which was to have been able to see them during the glory years in the mid 70's. Oh well. Those shows were still a lot of fun (especially with a healthy dose of dope).