This was a great show, although the venue was only about 1/3 full. Anyway, it was a great set, except only one "Big Generator" song.
During 'Heart Of The Sunrise' Jon got the giggles and derailed the band. They flubbed several measures during a "Sharp Distance" section right before the middle jam section. Fortunately it was intermission time after the song.
One of the most brilliant things they did was put 'Walls' right after 'I've Seen All Good People'. Everybody was up dancing already and that mood carried right into 'Walls'. Great energy created at that moment.
The Yes tour finally made it's stop in Oregon after what seemed like a full YEAR of touring (I believe this was one of the final stops). I was pretty disappointed by both the fact that this concert was not held in Portland and that the fan turnout was so poor. The L.B. Day Ampatheater is a small venue to start with, but the entire top section was still left completely empty. I think it's very safe to say that ticket prices made a large impact in this regard.
The crowd that WAS there made for a very good evening, however. Not nearly as docile as the fans at Portland in '91, these fans were very excited to see YES and listen to some great music. Yes as a group responded in kind by preforming extremely well, and playing to the audience quite often. Trevor opened with a bit of the instrumental portion from "Perpetual Change" but soon started in on "The Calling". As promised, they played nearly the complete TALK album with the exception of "State of Play". There were no outright solos by any of the members, but everyone got a touch of the spotlight within the realm of the songs. Billy Sherwood was once again behind the scenes, but Jon seemed to also be doing a great deal of extra musical work with various instruments. As always, YES closed with "Roundabout", but just like the Portland show a few years earlier, that was the only encore preformed.
I did not notice the Concertsonics being used by anyone, and I'm not really sure if it was even availible. Perhaps by this time in the tour, YES had decided to for-go Concertsonics. However, advertisements on radio were promoting YES in "Quadraphonic" sound. At times certain instruments were only coming out of specific speaker arrangements and bouncing from side to side much like the CD sound on THE YES ALBUM or the song "Endless Dream". "Quadraphonic" or "Milli Vanilli"? I can't say for sure, but it still made for a nicely added touch to the already good sound quality coming from the band itself.
All in all, I'd say this was a Four-star show despite the seemingly poor fan turnout, and I was very glad that YES decided to make a stop in Oregon. It wasn't in Portland, but at least it was here...