Yes at MSG with 8 members. WOW. The major pity of this show is that it was not released as a major live album. 2 more songs from "Union" would have been great, I am a Rabin fanatic so I would choose "Miracle of Life" and "The More We Live - Let Go" to fill the set.
It is known that some current and former members are really not very friendly with each other but on this night you would think they all loved each other as brothers.
New songs sounded as familiar as your old driving gloves, and older songs sounded newly-minted. The bottom line of it is this; the eight-man Yes should have stayed together, composed together and toured together from that day on. Sadly the closest we have come to the "Union" Yes since was Trevor Rabin on Rick Wakeman's "Return to the Centre of the Earth".
I shall be disappointed if there are no "Union" or "Talk" recordings on the much-rumoured live box set.
The thing I remember about this Show was that the very top tier (400 level)was empty.
Squire looked tremendously over weight and ridiculous in that Tormato (or was it the Going for the One) tour jacket ....living the good life.
There was a guy in front of me that said he had followed them to a few shows before this, never shut up, then got sick and puked from too much alcohol after the first song, and kept his head in his lap the whole show..nice. It least it kept him quiet. The people in front of him didn't aprecite the matter by their feet though.
I remeber this being the first show I saw Awaken at and being dissapointed becuase that meant no Close to the EDGE. It is noted that Awaken was also played during the Nassau Coliseum show after....is that right? I can swear they played Close to the Edge.
Gal jumped on stage at the end -- who was that? Just some random fan?
Lots of Good feeling at this show. What was to follow after this tour was a Major anti-climatic dissapointment, until they rectified it in 96.
This was my third show out of six for the Union tour. I went alone, being able to get a good floor seat on an aisle. I like to see the band a few times each tour. Sometimes with other long-time fans to share it, and other times alone to have the total freedom to move about and get close. I learned many years ago that when you are by yourself, you rarely get stopped by ushers. You can always find a seat within ten rows for the encore, and can have a great time. During the break, I was able to get a typed set list from a crew member.
Before the band came back out for Roundabout I moved in and knelt down behind a row of seats 8 to 10 rows out and leaned back on some road cases. There were several crew members close by who were nice enough to look at me and then ignore. I was surprised at the short version of Roundabout having not heard it before except on some K-Telike compilation album. I remeber someone counting "one, two, three, four" to lead into the edit. They didn't do that (the counting) during the OYE tour. Perhaps it was necessary on the round stage with the large band out of eye contact. During one part of the song, I was very surprised to see Anderson leave the stage and run over to a young lady in the row in front of me and lead her up to the stage. They danced for much of the song. This was the last time I saw them "in the round," the first being MSG 6/14/79. For the outdoor dates that summer they went flat. To me it is just not the same.