This was my first Yes show, and on my birthday to boot. We had lawn seats and for most of the day pre-show it rained but held off during the show with a few sprinkles as I remember. Great energy and performance by the band but our view was obstructed at times by those in front of us who insisted on standing. They were met with many cries of "Sit the f**k DOWN" by many other attendees. It's great to find this show and finally download it!
Was dating someone, who got tickets in the spring, then we broke up, but still went to show with her. Somewhat awkward, but it was Yes, you know? Woo! Anyway, still have soundboard from show on tape. Only rarely play it now because of its age. Would LOVE to find it on disc now. The part of the transcript where Jon mentions "a letter from my mother" was my best friend, Tom, who's no longer with us. It would thrill him to see that in an indirect way, at least, he lives on in cyber space on "Yesworld". It's almost like getting your ashes shot into space, no? I've seen all good people, & Tom was it. Yours is no disgrace, my friend...
At the time of the show this open-air venue was called The Garden State Arts Center and not The PNC Bank Arts Center...It was my first Yes concert and it was the day before sophomore year of HS began. Two Warner Brothers cartoons served as opeing act--I believe one of them involved a guy who finds a frog that can sing rag-time songs! A fine performance, but IMHO, a tad "filler-heavy." The proceedings certainly wouldn't have suffered had the ten-minute versions of "City of Love" and "WhiteFish" been extricated. The high point was undoubetedly "Starship Trooper." This was still the era when audiences would hold up cigarette lighters as a show of approbation for the artists, and during the dramatic pause between "Disillusion" and JA chiming in with that "Follow...Follow" chorus, the place lit up like a Christmas tree! If memory serves correctly, the encore reading of "Roudabout" was truncated--the middle section being sacrificed as per the single version--and my friends and I were a bit baffled by the choice of "Gimmie Some Lovin'" as the closing number, but all things considered, this was a rather nice ending to summer vaction.
I was on the lawn for this show. I remember cartoons being shown before hand.
The Show: I missed Steve Howe, but was impressed with Trevor Rabin. Happy I was seeing Tony Kaye. Disappointed their was not more older material played. My wife during Roundabout said to me; you saw them play this before. Can we leave?". I'm not married to her anymore.