33 years, 9 months and 21 days ago
Thursday, August 10, 1989
Wantagh, New York
Jones Beach Amphitheatre
Now we're talkin' a classic YES lineup! My second YES show and a definite improvement over the BIG GENERATOR tour. Just to hear Steve Howe play again (I'd seen him play with ASIA previously in 1983 for the Alpha tour, my first concert ever at age 16) and to hear "Close to the Edge" and "Roundabout" in their entirety made it one of the most unforgettable concert evenings of my life! I loved the new material from the ABWH album, too.
Of the many choices of YES dvds available today, I own only one and I chose to make it the ANDERSON, BRUFORD, WAKEMAN, HOWE - An Evening of YES Music Plus. This is the tour I'll always remember as the best YES ever did (in my lifetime), despite the absense of Chris Squire.
Apparantly, ABWH changed many things throughout their tour. I've a video tape from Jones Beach, New York (near the start of the American tour).
One that I noticed was the set. At Jones Beach, there was a spider-like assembly around Bill's drum set, which would flash lights and move with the music. There was a flowing curtain for a backdrop, which was lit up in different ways. Above the stage was a silver/black peace symbol.
Also, at JB, Jon began his concert-opening solo walking through the audience to the stage.