35 years, 6 months and 4 days ago
Monday, November 30, 1987
This show was identical in all respects to the previous night. Which was good, since the reason I came back was to hear And You and I again. They nailed it again, although the first time was more intense (see my comments on the 11/29/87 show). Still, definitely worth the price of admission.
When I saw Yes at the Spectrum in Philly on the BG tour, someone threw a whisky bottle at Tony Kaye and it shattered on top of one of his keyboards. Tony was livid and started to jump into the crowd after the guy. Chris Squire grabbed him, lifted him off the ground, and carried him off the stage. All the while, Tony was giving the guy a one-finger-salute.Tony later said he was supremely pissed because it was a brand new state-of-the-art keyboard made especially for him by Emu.
The incident occured after the last encore and continued after the house lights came up. It caused quite a ruckus down front. I think the guy got what Tony wanted to give him from some of the audience members around him. (Our vantage was from the front row of the upper deck on stage right... Tony's side... so we had an excellent view of the whole thing and could even hear some of Tony's speculation concerning the immediate ancestry of the bottle thrower).
I do remember that it was *very* cold and windy that day and after the show, the street vendors were selling "microwavable" frozen pretzels.
I waited for five hours on a extremely cold saturday morning in front of the Willow Grove Mall to get tickets to my first Yes concert.
The only Yes albums I had known at this time were 90215 and Classic Yes. I was so green you could tell me Trevor Rabin played guitar on the original version of Heart Of The Sun Rise and I wouldn't have doubted you otherwise.
My friend and I were so excited when we purchased our row 50 some where in the back seats. It didn't matter and I didn't care as long as they played Shoot High Aim Low!
The big day finally came. I borrowed my fathers 1977 orange Chevy Impala station wagon and picked up my friend and we headed for the one hours journey into forever. The sold out Spectrum was glowing with Yes fans every where. We made our way through the turnstiles and headed for our seats. There was one problem our seats didn't exist. They decided to put camera's where we were supposed sit. We pointed out our problem and we were quickly whisked away to the second row center isle. It was so close to the stage I could see the stick marks on Alan's drum heads.
There performance was moving and simply unforgetable.There set consisted mostly of current album hits that now days would have made me quite disgusted. Would you believe I had not even discovered Arriving UFO or Sound Chaser yet.. It's true the sport plays rings around me!!!!