I went to this show with much skepticism, and I left with just a little less skepticism; as a big Steve Howe fan, it just didn't seem the same, and the move towards a sleeker sound just didn't sit too well with me: sure I was glad that they successful, but being a fan of the 'olde cosmic stuff' I found it hard to get into. I will admit, though, that there were 'cool' moments, like the Tony Kaye keyboard spot, the Whitefish thingy, of course, and Jon singing the 'Soon' bit from 'Gates' was rather nice.....everything they did was played really well, and Trevor Rabin is definitely a strong guitarist and even stronger songwriter....strangely, I like all the Cinema 'demo' versions of the 90125 toons more than the actual album.....some of the old tunes just sounded a bit odd to me without Steve Howe's distinct sound, and that's not meant to put Trevor Rabin down. This line-up probably ranks as the closest they got to sleek Radio-Pop, and they proved that they could (and were) pop contenders.
At the time of this show, my wife and I were dead broke, but we scavenged up the money for tickets to this show; our first concert in a long time. There was so much excitement about Yes, with Jon Anderson!, being on tour and having an album out. We had seats on the floor, so our view was spotty, based on how the tall people in front were positioned. I remember being blown away by the sheer volume of the band as the opened with Cinema...it took a bit to be able to pick out the individual instruments from the thunder coming from the stage! The show was very heavy on the 90125 material, and I believe they played an abbreviated Starship Trooper, just playing the final instrumental segment. I remember my wife was disappointed by the guitar hero posturing of Trevor Rabin...it just didn't fit in with the Yes image.