25 years and 21 days ago
Sunday, May 10, 1998
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Area De Estacionamento Do Shopping
"It was my first Yes show. It was a really cold night, the show was outdoor and I forgot my coat. Really freezing. Well, I remember when I got there and the OYE Ambiance Track was playing. It was creating an beatiful atmosphere because the moon was shining VERY brightly above us. In my opinion, we could shut all lights off and let the moon do the work!
I remember that when Firebird Suite began to play, I almost fell from my chair. And God, I mean, Steve Howe started playing Siberian Kathru. Jon, always smiling, sang it beatifully. Squire always entertaining us, like the center of the stage. Then they played Rhythm of Love.
After that, Jon started talking about the moon, and about North, South, Central America. Of course, they played America! Open Your Eyes did not make the public very happy. We really wanted classic stuff, and there was it: And You And I, followed by Heart of The Sunrise! I almost cried on both...
But the moment that really made me cry was Howe solo. Mood For A Day, under a beatiful moon... He kicked ass! And there was The Clap. We all claped together!
After that was Wonderous Stories and Igor solo. This russian is very good! Long Distance Runaround was great, but Squire showed all his abilitys together with Mr. White on Whitefish. He is definitely, the King of the Bass Guitar.
The crowd got very excited with Owner of a Lonely Heart, and Howe played it very well. Then, All Good People.
They went out of the stage and returned with Roundabout. It was magical, I was very close to the stage, by the side of Billy Sherwood. I was wearing a coat that covered my face, leaving only my eyes to see. And he waved to me! Well, I was looking like an arabian terrorist, but that's only a detail...They finished that really beatiful show with Starship Trooper. Now I'm here. Another young Yes fan. Now we're here. Waiting for that Good People to come back."
It was the first time that Yes as group has played here in Belo Horizonte, although Jon anderson already played here along with Milton Nascimento some years ago.
It was really a great show. I have attend to two other Yes shows but this one was undoubtedly the best one. Also was the first time that I saw a show with Steve Howe on guitars. And Steve made a great performance making the crowd to yell his name after his Mood for a day/the Clap solo. Jon Anderson seemed to be very pleased to play here again here and he even said it, telling that was very important for them to play in Belo Horizonte. And the night had some kind of a magic ambience. All the people and the musicians seemed to be enjoying very much the show. It was a beautiful night and Jon made some comments about the nice Horizon he could see in the town and the moon that was shining brightly in the sky.
This nice atmosphere contributed to a great performance of the group specially Howe, Anderson and Squire that was really a showman, playing his bass guitar with his natural ability but also entraining the crowd with his actions around the stage. The surprise for me was Igor Khoroshev that played very well leaving no space to remember that Rick Wakeman was not there.
The crowd was so pleased that they showed no desire to leave after the band finished the show with I've seem all good people. They did not stop to shout and whisper until the band came back to play the last two songs. And even after these songs the crowd asked for more and waited for some time for their return but unfortunately the show did finish with the end of Starship trooper.
I am sure that this will be a night to remember for everyone that was at Minas shopping, the crowd and the musicians that really seamed to be enjoying to play here. And we all wish that they come back soon again.