31 years, 9 months and 30 days ago
Tuesday, August 6, 1991
Costa Mesa, California
Pacific Amphitheatre, The
Yes, there were some technical problems. But, for anyone who is a real YES fan, hearing Howe play "Leaves" was worth the price of admission.
Rabin's solo spot, which featured a nod to Mahavishnu, was absolutely brilliant!
As one would expect, Anderson weathered the technical problems with good nature and professionalism.
Well it is sad to see a few reviews here telling of technical difficulties and such things as this being the worst show etc. But there is a silver lining to every story if you look for it, in this case look no further than me. My friend worked for Light and Sound Design at the time of the Costa Mesa show. LSD not only did YES then but many other top national acts. The band so happened to be in need of a smoke machine on stage that was failing during sound check. It was not smoking but spewing oil! So my friend and I were assigned to deliver the replacement fogger to the stage. We walked right down the ramp with the equiptment when we got there and we could hear the band had just started the show. So we were there just in time, after delivering the smoke machine we were then conveniently situated backstage for the rest of the night and not only did Chris turn to us and solo several times our way but it sounded great from where I was standing! So good we didn't even notice what was happeneing apparently out front from the audience angle. It was for me one of the most memorable experiences of my life, and a perfect show from my 'point of view' . I have been a guitarist and YES fan since I was 10, I am now 41. I have seen so many YES shows now I really have lost count and I just bought tickets for the show in Atlanta show 2002, 14th row section 101, maybe I'll see you there!
i feel that even though the sound crew was having problems, it had very little effect on the band's performance and overall sound. it was better than when i saw them on the first leg of the tour at the forum. sure, the forum show was in the round and it was "cool", this show was far superior. trevor rabin was starting to really feel "awaken", covering some of the studio keyboard parts, that the great rick wakeman has seemed to have forgotten how to play.... overall, everyone has their prefrences. i personally like them better outdoors. the big generator tour at this very arena is still the best yes performance i've seen. (i've seen Big gen, ABWH, and union twice). this is my 3rd time seeing steve howe live & i'm still not entirely impressed. which bums me out as he is one of my childhood heros. nothing can take away the work he's done, but so many people say he's better than trevor rabin. i think they need to listen more closely. after all, trevor is able to play steve's riffs. i'd like to see steve howe take trevor's place on "changes". i think we all know how that would turn out. oh..and have as good of an attitude about it as trevor. i feel that steve howe and rick wakeman are unbelievable musicians. you have to be to be in yes. the same respect should be paid to ALL members past and present.
[The] show was plagued by technical problems, but one worked out well. Howe came out for his solo set, started into Clap," and got nothing out of his guitar. They fiddled a bit, but to no avail. So he had to get a different guitar and start again. Of course, a different guitar meant a different piece. So he played "Leaves of Green" instead, perhaps the first time in a Yes concert since the Tales tour. Worked for me.
Went to the August Sixth concert at the Pacific Amphitheatre here in LA. It was decidedly the end of the tour. I love those guys but sheez they were having a bad night. Plagued with technical problems and a wicked case of fatigue, it was obvious that the tour would be over in another two performances. Rick had a spectacular MIDI failure on the opening chord of Yours is No Disgrace, summarily throwing the whole band off. Feedback was a big problem, throughout the show, the solo's didn't have any heart, and Jon's voice was in my range! They should've taken a break sometime in the past four months. It was cool to hear Steve record the end of part three of Tales, and some other stuff, and And You and I really was spectacular. I only wish that I could play that well on an off day. I've only seen them in concert four times total (Big Generator, Santa Barbara County Bowl; ABWH, same place [right by the sound board! ;-)]; and at the Great Western Forum, here in LA. This was by far the worst one.