39 years, 1 month and 19 days ago
Thursday, April 12, 1984
Market Square Arena
Mr Butler University
This was my first Yes show. The biggest compliment I can give is that my friend who bought the ticket and I literally stood with our mouths open the first 5 songs...one of my fondest concert memories.
Hey Bill -- What was Trevor Horn doing at a Yes concert in Indiana, 1984? Or do you mean the other clever Trevor, Mr. Rabin?
Well, it is unfortunate that Berlin did not perform. I would've loved to have seen them. This Yesshow was awesome! I wasn't very familiar with their music besides what was played on the radio and MTV..... but my SISTER was! She would raise her loyal, rock-n-roll, DRUNK fist in time with the music.... unfortunately, for the girl in front of her, Sis was a bad aim.....several times. Besides this sideshow, the main thing I remember was the hydraulic lighting rigs lowering during WURM.... Needless to say, I was hooked!
Then, after the show I waited, along with our ride, for over an hour for her to make it to the car... she never did. Rather, after I got home (20 miles away) she called "wondering" where we were and that she had been looking for us..... at the Hyatt Regency.... 6 blocks in the opposite direction from the parking space.... she couldn't offer an explanation for this so I jumped in Mom's car and went to fetch her.
Upon entering the hotel lobby, I was offered direction to the hotel bar where she stated she would be waiting, in hind site, I remember Trevor Horn standing at the desk and turning full around to face me as if he expected me to ask for his autograph.... puhleeze.... Ozzy Osbourne you're not!.... any way, Mary and I made it back to the car where she, still in awe, told me that she was in the bar drinking with the band. She said they were all very, very nice.... and that Chris was a bit arrogant. That's all folks!
Hey Ross that would have been Tony Kaye on the keys, not Rick.
Also, i read in Kerrang way back that Jon had sacked Berlin from the support slot coz he said they were crap!
It has been 24 years, so I may be confusing details of this concert with some other, but my recollection is that Berlin was scheduled to be the opening act, but for some reason, they were unable to perform. Instead, pre-show entertainment was provided via projection of two Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoons: Gossomer (an Orange Hairy Monster that looks like a cross between a handlebar moustache and a molar tooth) and Bugs Bunney in "Hair-Raising Hare" and the "Bully for Bugs" cartoon with Toro the Bull. Though Berlin had a couple of hits at the time, and I was disappointed that I was unable to see them perform, I enjoyed the cartoons. It was fun sitting in Market Square arena with several thousand people (many of them stoned, no doubt) laughing and cheering for Bugs Bunny. The cartoons alone were an experience.
As for the performance, Yes put on a superb show.
For some reason, I remember Rick Wakeman wearing some glasses with a flashlight adjacent to each eye while playing beneath a green rotating lazer beam illuminating smoke in a conical shape. In the dark, with the clothes he was wearing, it looked like he was either an alien or giant rat with glowing eyes.
I would be interested in seeing if my memory squares with that of others.