31 years, 9 months and 20 days ago
Thursday, August 8, 1991
Mountain View, California
Steve played 'Winter' in the middle of 'Clap'.
This concert was released on DVD, although possibly only in Japan. Sadly, it currently appears to be out of print -- possibly due to the complicated publishing rights of all the labels and members of Yes involved!
Personally I think this show pales in comparison to the one that was screened as a TV broadcast, much earlier in the 'Union' tour ("Round the World in 80 Dates'). It was recorded on 9th of May, 1991 at McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, Colorado. Not only is the awesome 8-piece line-up playing on the revolving stage, but the sound quality is much better and the performance is spectacular -- rating 10 out of 10. This regularly staged Shoreline Amphitheatre Yesshow is excellent at times, but is not consistent and would only rate as 6 or 7 in comparison IMHO. Hopefully one day there will be a definitive DVD document released of the remarkable 'Unon' tour!
Fritz- Anton Fritzson
I really hope that this concert will be released on DVD officially. Hopefully they can restore the entire show (as opposed to the VHS that has some songs edited out). Please release this!!!
this was the second and last time i have seen Yes live. the first time was during the going for the one tour, in OKC, at the myriad (see review). shoreline is a great venue for a concert. i was most excited to see bill bruford (my third time. the other two times were at crimson concerts in the phx az area). Overall my memory of this concert is faint with a few clear and other fuzzy moments. my biggest memory was before the gig had started and a couple of the guys were onstage doing a final check of their equipment. allan was on his drumkit and bruford walked out to which i promptly did the obligatory 'bruford' yell, from my seat. he seemed amused at the recognition. it's always a pleasure to see these guys live.
You know, everything in the below reviews is true. The energy was probably not the hottest, but the camaraderie was warm enough to compensate. Unlike earlier in the tour ["your Yes / my Yes"], people stayed on stage and true Union was happening before our eyes. Had they toured again as planned, it would have been a different show & a different band. Instead, we are left with this.
And what musical firepower! Even 'Roundabout' takes on new depth, as for once we hear both guitar parts that Steve put on record back in 1970. Of course Trevor plays his part perfectly, and Steve isn't bad either ;-) OK, I'm just being funny -- they're both top masters, even at the end of a long tour.
This just might sum it up: the high point for me came during the quiet middle section of 'Awaken' ... the instrumental part. Trevor was adding delicate support, letting everyone else do their usual parts, really LISTENING. An inquiring note here, a tentative note there, and I felt that one could truly sense the others making room for him, seeing where Trevor might go with this -- 'their' composition. Although it didn't turn into something markedly different for all of that, it had every sense of possibility, and I realized not only how much they were truly improvising that part of this most tremendous of pieces, but also how much regard they had for Trevor. It took me this long, but in that moment, Trevor really showed me how much Yes he had in him [and proved it beyond any doubt on Talk]. As for the other guys, I never had any doubt :-)
The Mountain View concert showed them to be tired and ready to finish it all.
Just before "I've seen all good people", Jon does his usual routine about "singing along in the key of EEEEEEE!" and gets a response rom the audience which prompts him to add "you're pretty good, not amazing but pretty good". Then you see Rabin and Wakeman sharing a mike (Rabin singing, Wakey just shaking maracas to add some background noise). At one point Wakey puts an arm on Rabin's shoulder and says something in his ear and Rabin just cracks up on the spot and quickly steps back still laughing while Wakey takes over the singing. Just after that you hear a strange noise coming from the back and Wakey and Trev literally jump as if having got an electrick shock and turn back towards Kaye who is the one who made that noise on his keyboards. And he does it twice more before they reach the end of "Your move", something that does sound like a strangled cat howling thru a vocoder. And at one point you also have Anderson, Rabin and Howe singing in the same mike. Gosh, I never dreamed that Howe would have come that close to Rabin during the whole tour ;-)
Another fun moment happens during "Saving my heart". At one point Rabin switches from acoustic to electric. You hear Jon telling him "take it away take it away" and Trev dutifully hits the strings and gets *nothing*, not a damned sound. You see him turning towards the techs looking extremely displeased and you next have a tech dashing thru the stage to connect some cable somewhere and then Rabin can do his solo, which obviously falls rather flat. Funny thing is that meanwhile you have Howe playing the only guitar, probably the only time he did that on a YesWest song. BTW, one fairly noticeable thing is that, contrary to other _Onion_ shows I've seen, Howe doesn't leave the stage during the YesWest songs. He probably had come to terms with that after four months of touring ;-)
[In reguards to The Union Tour Live laserdisk release] We're quite lucky this video was released. First of all it's the camera projection for the big screens at the outdoor amphitheater that you're getting, so "direction" isn't exactly the priority, it was for the audience in the nose bleed seats in the lawn area. This is the same venue as the ABWH/Evening of Yes concert video. At the end of the concert a co-manager for Yes got the master video tapes. I believe Larry Magid (sp?) may have received the masters in the end. But somewhere along the line Trevor Rabin had copies made for himself as well as a few friends on laserdisc (which is amusing because I didn't know you could do that too easily.) Eventually copies got around. Meanwhile, Yes had little to NOTHING to do with the release of this video. It was issued by someone who was owed something and this was the way to do it.
Biffy the Elephant Shrew
The last time I saw *Yes* was the second leg of the Union tour, again at Shoreline. This time I had the wonderful fortune to be seated in front of a couple of schmucks who kept up a running discussion of what a great keyboard player Rick Wakeman is, instead of actually listening to him play.
I had seen them play up at Arco Arena during the first leg of the tour and it was a magical show. The Shorline show fell quite short. I remember their playing to be up to par, and at times a bit more light-hearted and fun-loving than usual. Unfortunately, the highlights of the show were often overshadowed by the barage of technical dificulties that they encountered. Most notable, was Trever's guitar - or lack there of. Bad cord? Bad soundboard channel? I don't know, but many a song was lacking Mr. Rabin's contribution. Even a bad Yes show is a wonderful evening.