At this show clever Trevor threw the James Bond theme into "Rhythm Of Love", which sounds really cool. Also, it's pretty funny when Jon forgot the words to "Changes" and laughed at Trevor for tut-tutting him. Zongonians rule!
Yes, I remember how empty the arena was! From the downbeat, I wondered if the band was crushed by this. It didn't show in the playing. But the whole top section of the arena had been closed. Not a ticket sold for it. And the main floor was tragically sparse. Got to get me a copy of the tape from this show (I remember that being mentioned about the headset walkman thing). But for where I sat for the quadrophonic, it really was obnoxious. Maybe it sounded good in the center, but not where I was. Reminded me of what Rush put through its surround/delay speakers. If you sat in the back, you heard a much different, badly mixed show.
Very nice show,especially the Purple Haze part which was so un-Yes like.Got the feeling though on the way home through the 'red light district' of Orlando that this may very well have been the last arena tour for Yes.Though it was crowded and fun there were many empty seats-even prime areas.This was unheard of in the old days-as a matter of fact,the Union was pretty much sold out here.
The Orlando Sentinel August 05, 1994 Parry Gettelman
Yes would definitely be a front runner if the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame gave out an award for Most Lineup Changes by a Band That Has Never Actually Lost a Drummer to Spontaneous Combustion. Since the English band formed in 1968, it has gone through more permutations than, well, quite possibly even more than Fleetwood Mac, but such complicated calculations are best left to mathematics professionals. At any rate, guitarist Trevor Rabin, who joined the group in 1983, likes the current lineup best of all. Rabin, singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Tony Kaye are featured on both Talk, the latest Yes album, and on the tour that is coming to the Orlando Arena Thursday.
"We're just having a great time - this is definitely the best we've ever played," Rabin enthused in a recent phone interview from a San Diego hotel. "We're getting good reviews - which worries us. We're used to bad ones. Usually when we get bad ones, it means we're playing well. "Jokes aside, we really spent a long time rehearsing the band and getting the lights and sound and the whole technical side of the sound together," Rabin continued. Getting the sound sorted out was particularly complicated. Yes is debuting an enhancement system called "Concertsonics" or, as Rabin dubs it, "audio binoculars." Fans in certain seating areas are able to pick up a simultaneous indoor broadcast of the concert as it is taking place, provided they bring a Walkman-style radio and headphones. (Tickets for seats in the "listening section," when available, don't cost extra.)
"It's a slightly different mix to what comes out of the P.A. - there's just a different emphasis on different aspects," Rabin explained. "If a solo is being played, it's far more vivid than when you listen to the P.A. And although we have very extensive P.A. on this tour - a monumental kind of quadraphonic sound that comes at you from all sides - if you put the headphones on, it gives you a very different perspective."
Rabin, a native of South Africa, said the germ of the concept came to him after an American friend took him to his first baseball game about 10 years ago. "The minute we got there, he put on the headphones and started listening to commentary on the radio," Rabin recalled. "I said, 'What do you bother coming to the game for - why don't you just watch it on TV?' And he said 'No, it's very exciting to listen to it and watch it live.'" As his idea developed, Rabin got a sound company involved in producing the Concertsonics system. By the present tour, the band felt ready to "give it a blast," Rabin said.
"A lot of people have thought it's really good," he said. "Roger Hodgson from the band Supertramp came to the show in San Francisco and stuck the headphones on and liked it."
Of course, the system makes it easier for fans to bootleg concerts, but Rabin said band members don't mind.
"Our main concern is that they use good tape," he said. "People do it anyway, so what are you going to do? We may as well have good quality (bootlegs)."