23 years, 5 months and 27 days ago
Wednesday, December 1, 1999
A.J. Palumbo Center
@1999 Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh, PA The LADDER tour.
This venue was a much smaller building and seemed more intimate. It was the very same songlist and stage clothes that appear on the Yes House Of Blues video. I nearly got my hands on a printed songlist that was laying on the lightman's controller, but I faltered and some other guy with bigger cajole's snagged it.(Damn!)The confetti on "Awaken" was really cool, as the heat of the floor crowd allowed it to stay suspended FOREVER. **NOTE TO LIZZA** That pick you have, I am not sure if "BRAIN" is just a pesonalized thing or not, but I am quite sure that the "1.00" on the other side refers to the fact that it is One millimeter thick. Ask a music store...
Had great seats in 4th row. Unfortunately got lost in Pitts. (usual) and missed first 3 songs. Great show though seemed to have a few mike problems compared with Cleve.
Stood in freezing weather by loading dock for 90 mins. after show. Steve came out after about a half and hour and signed autographs. Later, Igor later slipped by wo acknowledging us or signing. Jon came out and though said he wasn't signing he shook all of our hands. And by this time his hand was much warmer than any of ours! Then Billy, Alan, and Chris came out together and signed (Chris was having a really good time--drunk!) stuff. Billy is the most talkative and open; he seems thrilled to be part of it all. Shouldn't Igor be?
Great, great Yes show. Yours Is No Disgrace was unbelievable. Igor was awesome. and I love that they have Billy. No matter what people say about him, no one can deny that he fills a lot of holes that would be there if he wasn't. Managed to score a pick after the show from one of the roadies (thanks, by the way, to the guy standing next to me for not putting up a fight for it!! thank you, if you're reading this! :)) I'm not sure whose the pick is, I figure it must be one of Billy's. Maybe someone can confirm this? The pick is gray with the word "brain" written on one side, and 1.00 on the other. I'm kind of hoping it's Chris', but I don't think it is. Anyway, it was, as usual, a wonderful experience. I believe it was a little better than OYE tour, because Igor and Billy have begun to fit in now. Chris, Jon, and Allen all seemed happy and in great form, and, of course, Steve was absolutely exceptional. HUGE rush to the stage during All Good People, and more and more came for Owner and Roundabout. Wonderful thing to see!!! :)
I've rambled long enough. :)