28 years, 9 months and 16 days ago
Friday, August 19, 1994
Star Plaza Theatre
I was at this show (it was tough though because Howe and Wakey had been dropped from the band again). I drove up to the gig with a friend from Purdue where I was going to grad school at the time. The acoustics of the venue were great as always (Crosby-Nash did a show there as well at some point in that time frame - mid nineties) and of the Rabin-led Yes I did like Talk better than Generator (who wouldn't have). But Talk did have a couple of tracks "The Walls" and "The Calling" that were decent and more rhythm oriented as was the focus of the Yeswest days and of course 'Endless Dream' which was an attempt at a modern day 'Close to the Edge'. But what summed this gig and the whole Rabin era for that matter was when a little piano was flown in center stage for Rabin for his keyboard intro for "And You And I". This was Spinal Tap's 'Stonehenge' reborn and perfectly summed up Rabin's over the top and more and more controlling existence within the band. The ending with Roundabout/Purple Haze was quite bizarre as well.
I returned to school for the fall semester one day before this concert, having no idea they were stopping there. One of my first visits was to a local record store, where I saw a poster advertising this show. I didn't even stop to shop, but turned around and sped off to the venue to buy a ticket (the Star Plaza Theater)! The show was much better than the other time I'd seen them that tour (in Canandaigua, NY), but I didn't take note of the setlist at the time.
The next day I went back to that record store and came out with the poster advertising the show.