There was a great deal of hype about the surround sound system for this concert by the local radio station promoting it. Some people won seats around the sound board. They could listen to the concert on headphones...and there were speakers up on the sides. But it did not work, and for parts of the first half of the set, sound problems were a distraction.
Beyond that, the concert was surprisingly fun. Hold On as an encore was about the only major disappointment for me.
Endless Dream was the highlight, incredible song done live. Jon introduced by saying "Well, a song like this...well this is what makes being in YES so wonderful, so wonderful." He also said something about Where Will You Be, about not know where the song came from and he had the lyrics in front of him.
The Perpetual Change opener was just a teaser.
Ten years later...what do I remember about this show? We sat really close - the first forty rows or so at Red Rocks were general admission back in those days, and we got there early enough to secure third or fourth row center. When the band opened the show with 'Perpetual Change,' I remember thinking, 'now THIS is going to be great.' Then, of course, the band switched gears and went into the then-new single, 'The Calling.' I remember noticing Billy Sherwood (though, I didn't know who he was a the time), and saying to one of my friends, 'Steve Howe doesn't need a second guitar player!' When 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' started, one of my friends (not the biggest Yes fan in the world) noted, 'Hey, they're playing some old stuff! Cool!' At that moment, I thought, 'Old?' Then, I did the math, and realized that OoaLH was 10 years old at that point! I remember wondering how Tony Kaye felt about Trevor Rabin taking a KEYBOARD solo before 'And You and I.' Finally, I remember wondering, as I was leaving the sparsely filled amphitheater, if this was going to be the last time I was going to see this band.
Of all of the Yesshows I've seen over the years, this is the one I wish I could go back in time and see again. I was really disappointed in the 'Talk' album at the time, really disappointed that the band hadn't stayed in it's 'Union' configuration, really disappointed that Rabin had stayed, and Howe had been pushed out - I was clearly bringing a lot of baggage to this show! But, in retrospect, that album had some good tunes. Red Rocks is the preeminent concert venue, and this was Yes' sole appearance there. Now that Howe's been back in Yes for seven years (as of this writing), and we've had nary a YesWest tune played in all that time, I find myself missing Trevor Rabin's contributions to Our Band.
Well, almost. :)
I remember this show as the only Yes concert I was truly disappointed in. I had never missed a tour since 1975 and having recently moved to Colorado, I was extremely excited to see Yes at the Rocks. They set up a wall of speakers on both sides of the outdoor venue for a surround effect, however the sound was very poor for most of the entire first set.
Fellow YES fans. I just got back from Yes at Red Rocks and thought I'd note some changes from the set list. They opened with an Intro of Perpetual Change before playing The Calling. They also played Heart of the Sunrise which wasn't listed. They played some strange intro to Hearts, if anyone knows what that was please fill me in.
Something was totally wrong with the sound for the first 30 minutes. You couldn't hear them. Also they must be having problems with that headphone deal because every once in a while a loud blast of guitar would drown all noise out and then it would be hard to hear again. Also Chris was not tuned loud enough, I pretty much never heard him unless he was the only one playing.
However the 2nd half of the show was great and Endless Dream was worth the cost of admission.
Notes- I believe Jon was wearing a Olias medallion around his neck but I am not positive.
Tony Kaye kept me extremely entertained all night every time he played his left arm flew up in the air. He must of raised it a thousand times. I'll bet he's icing it now. Whenever there was a part requiring two hands, Trevor or Billy played keys so Tony could keep that left hand raised. - something fun to look for when you go.