Lined up early on a Saturday morning outside of Barney's Records in Davis to score tickets for this show. Paid off too - we ended up with seats in the sixth row. Awesome view.
I remember the amazement of seeing and hearing nine Yesmen on stage together. Althought the "Union" album left a lot to be desired, the live versions of "Lift Me Up" and "Shock To The System" were much better than the actual recorded versions.
Thoughts on the YES performance in Arco Arena Thursday, 16 MAY 91:
This being the 14th time I've seen the band, I have to say that I've never heard a better version of "And You and I". It was ___________!!
Steven looks like he has lost weight and some of the usual stage energy was not there that night. (He was never carrying any excess weight to begin with). I though he was giving as much as he could and that demonic touring schedule may be almost too much. He was much more focused in the second half of the show, particularly on the very demanding "Awaken".
Chris Squire! "A class by himself" is an understatement and his performance was powerful, creative, fun, towering, on and on. I can't tell you anything you don't already know about this subject. His solo was a great deal of fun; still brings laughter to think of it.
Rather than comment on all of the musicians, the same good words, I would like to address the few critical pans of concert performances and of the new release, Union: "doesn't fit", "too many musicians", "same old art rock", etc. I must disagree with strong conviction: The band plays superbly together and there was never a strained moment in the performance in Sacramento. The concert was a truly satisfying and happy event. The faces of the audience showed that YES people are not limited to a few older fans like me (34) who have been following YES for two decades. There is a broad appeal in their optimistic view (Jon and his solo work strengthen this position). The band's music is truly good-hearted and uplifting. In that sense, it is simple and touching.