28 years, 7 months and 30 days ago
Tuesday, October 4, 1994
I was living in Japan and saw this show. Very memorable to say the least. Things that come to mind: 1. When they played "Endless Dream" it was clear that they were exceptionally into it; and when Anderson introduced it he said he felt that it was a really exceptional composition and it was one of the great pieces of music that Yes had ever done. I was surprised, but got into the (15 minute) song over the years and agree actually. Whenever I hear fans say they never heared the "Talk" album, I cringe therefore!
I think "Endless Dream", taken in its entirety, is really quite a ride. 2. "Roppongi" is a kind of seedy nightclub area in Tokyo. I remember when Anderson was talking between sets he twice referred to Billy Sherwood (playing with Trevor Rabin that tour) as, "Mr Roppongi" in sort of a not so nice way. It was funny -- Sherwood played great but I reckon we got a piece of backstage intrigue in those comments!!
The whole band was really into it, they played about as long as they could have possibly played as I recall, and it was just exceptionally memorable, and I've seen a lot of Yes shows over the decades. I hear Squire mention once in a while in interviews that he wishes he could do something else with Rabin now, and I don't know if that will ever happen but I can say they were just on fire this tour, totally. Steve Howe, not on this tour, is obviously in an elite set of guitarists historically, but this was a nice little stroll-in-the-park for Rabin's compositions, his playing, and Yes' dynamism.
It may be hard to believe for non-Japanese, one of the biggest problem to have concert in Budokan is we fans can't watch show in front seats, because all good seats are occupied for guests. Therefore it was a little bit lacking of excitement. But the other side, huge hall like Budokan can make stage set or lighting very gorgeously. And show itself was very nice.