I recall Jon Anderson specifically commending the "marsmallow warriors"!
I was there in Saratoga 20 years ago. My buds from Hartsdale and I picked up our pal Jamie, who was going to school at RPI. The most memorable part(zooted!)was a giant marshmellow fight that broke out before the show. I remember seeing trails of hundreds of marshies flying around the ampetheatre. After the first tune, Jon Anderson said "that was the greatest marshmellow fight I've ever seen" The crowd went wild. Anyone else remember that?
Front row seats for this one! I have a lot of mixed feelings about the music of YesWest, but as live performers, they were remarkable, for the most part. It was pretty obvious that they were lip-syncing the intro to "Leave It", and although Jon was playing a keyboard on "Cinema", I wonder if it was actually turned on! The solos by Rabin and Kaye, as everybody can hear on "9012Live", weren't all that impressive.
Rabin and Squire were clearly the showmen of the band, especially on "WhiteFish" and the extended jam on "City of Love". Very energetic, indeed. Rabin reminded my friend who got the tickets a lot of Eddie Van Halen, and that was an apt comparison.
All of "90125", of course, was played. Rabin graciously thanked the American audiences before "Owner". Kaye played a sort of boogie-woogie paino on that. I had mixed impressions of the rearrangement of the older repetoire. "Roundabout", with guitar replacing the keyboard, didn't quite work, but "Starship Trooper" was another visual highlight. "Gimme Some Lovin' " was a big suprise for the encore. Best song, though: "And You and I".
Overall, I think YesWest is underrated as live performers by fans.