Monday, August 28, 1989
33 years, 7 months ago
david c. michael
Not one of my favorites but still good show.It is always good to see the band again.You always walkout feeling good.
Went down to the loading dock before soundcheck. Met Steve * arrived in limo ( got the rare handshake ). Met Rick * arrived driving a lincoln towncar (son's where with him ). Met Bill * arrived with a large group in a van. Met Jon * arrived in a colorfull taxicab. All signed my CTTE album cover. Waved at Jon all night from the 3rd row. Attended backstage gathering. Sat at a table with Rick's wife and son's. Bill did a dash thru the room. Jon chatted extensively with everyone ( us first ). Jon said he was checking out my weird shirt during the show.
I was at the Houston show. Tony Levin did a good job, although his playing was (understandably) less inspired than on other shows on the tour (I also caught the show at Great Woods pavilion in MD). He sat down for nearly the entire show, getting up mainly to play "Heart of the Sunrise", in which he did a really SMOKIN solo. Acquaintances with backstage passes told me he walked offstage after "Starship Trooper", collapsed almost immediately and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. He had hepatitis.
But my most important, most magical Yes experience was the ABWH concert in Houston. (It was during or after this performance that Tony Levin fell ill, although you wouldn't have known it from the performance.) I had not seen Yes for 10 years. When Jon's ageless voice rang out in the Houston Summit, it was like meeting an old friend after a lengthy separation. The intimacy of the evening was tangible from the start, as Jon walked through the aisles on the floor of the Summit, then up the stairs to the stage. One by one our friends returned to us, each playing separately, then together, and the show gained momentum for an hour. After an endless intermission, the opening sounds of Close to the Edge again caught my ear. Another reunion! I was sleepless for hours after returning home, energized and rejuvenated for days, and to this day I believe that a pivotal event in my life took place that night. The importance of music in my life, especially Yes music, came back to me as an aspect of myself that had been neglected for too long. Within days after this concert, I came face-to-face with several issues regarding my life and work and made positive changes. As others have stated in NFTE, listening to and PARTICIPATING in the Yes experience can be a very emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically uplifting. I've been doing it on and off for 25 years! (Wow! That long?!? Doesn't seem that long!!!)