The venue was relatively new at that point, and relatively nowhere in the middle of nowhere. Mr. Squire - God rest his soul, knowingly dialed it to "11" and hit a resonant frequency for, at least, the audience leftmost single post light tower at which I resided for this show. The "newbies" on the spots (which provided a visible feedback to the group mind you) were somewhat "flapped" as their purchase swayed comically at his whim; and, the rain didn't assure them much either.
Happy times from a meaningfully misspent youth!
Rained at ELP/Tull(years on): it's outdoors in the Midwest - "stuff", generally short of tornadoes, happens.
This was my second YES concert I attended - the second leg of the '90125' tour - something we music fans in the greater Kansas City area don't see much anymore simply because the market isn't there. Remember on this leg of the tour, for the encore, they had a giant circular image of the '90125' album cover hover over the stage. Once again all five YES members were great, live.
Just wanted to take a minute to offer up a small review for this show. This was my first Yes concert and still one that is close to my heart. I had been a fan a few years prior and was more fond of 70s Yes, but this show really changed my mind about the 80s lineup. It was a last minute sort of thing, going to this show. Just went on the spur of the moment a few hours prior. Sparkomatic, a rather low end car stereo company sponsored this tour and I still have the flyer they handed out. It had a couple cool live shots of the band, mixed amongst the ads. Indeed it did rain that night. It didn't really seem to matter much. I remember having a lawn seat, so it was a wet night. It was that, or a puddle of mud at the bottom of the lawn. I was tempted to toss off my coat and throw it in the puddle, but refrained. This set was tight and the mix was killer. I remember the bass really cutting through. The 90125 tunes sounded great. Me and my friends were pleased to hear 5 or 6 70s Yes tunes as well. They made it worth the trip. We bolted in the middle of Roundabout, but I remember hearing the keys solo from the parking lot and thinking "Kaye is no Wakeman". This show was certainly a catalyst in me becoming a musician and will always be a great memory. Even if I did lose a contact in the grass that night and had to go to school first thing in the morning after a long night and hour trek to KC, each way.
I was only a 14 year old kid at the time when I saw this show, and I was just getting into all of Yes' music at the time, so this one made quite an impression. It was the first time I saw Yes live and in the flesh. I am glad I got the chance to see this show. It was much like the 9012live video, as far as the stage setup and setlist goes. This show was outside, so it did not have all the extra lighting and effects. There was no light setup in the audience that I heard was used in the indoor shows. It also started to rain about halfway into the concert, and they kept on playing. The audience didn't even flinch. Yes was worth seeing if you get wet or not. I recall Jon Anderson saying something about the rain, but I can't remember exactly what he said something like "Hello Kansas City! It's raining, but we are not going to stop..." It was a great concert, Trevor Rabin mostly played his beat up Fender strat, as well as a cool looking all-blue strat for a couple of songs. Chris Squire sounded great, with his Rickenbacker, and the Mouridian "green" bass he plays. Alan was awesome as usual on his Ludwig set. Tony Kaye, who deserves more recognition, was really good, great synth work. This concert was the "concert" for me, I decided that I had become a musician after seeing this one and a few other concerts after that.