33 years, 2 months and 13 days ago
Thursday, March 22, 1990
Washington, District Of Columbia
D.A.R. Constitution Hall
Excellent venue. Excellent sound. This was a Yes Show. The ABWH name was a legal thing since Chris owned the name, and was entrenched with Rabin at the time. Chris was was badly missed on this album and this show.
Tony Levin seemed out of place in this band. "Starship Trooper" which relies heavily on the bass, sounded like an tinny AM radio version. There was a pause in the song where Jon wandered off into "Soon" and "Nou Somme Du Soliel" that was "very magical" to quote Jon.
The show overall was excellent. The solos were a great touch and Wakeman fans got a real treat. There is nothing like hearing Wakeman live. By far the most skilled pianist in rock history. Howe played "Mood For A Day" and "The Clap" flawlessly as usual. A great night. A Classic Yes Show but we missed ya' Chris.
A terrific show and a nice venue. The sound was very good and I especially recall Bill Bruford being very "on" that night. ABWH was a really nice album and showed there was still life in the Yes formula. This was very much Yes in my mind even though the tickets might have said ABWH.
That big flag that Anderson was waving around during 'Wurm' was a new addition (if he didn't have it at your show, it was a large, tie-dyed flag, with "Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, and Howe" on it, and a big peace symbol, and lots of glitter). It could have been because they were just about done, and wanting to go out with a bang...
My second ABWH show, I preferred this one to the August 5, 1989 show. Because this was an enclosed venue, the music was louder and clearer. Also, as opposed to the August show, Howe was very much up front in the mix. Again, Bill and Tony's jam was great. Tony is an excellent bass player and his did a good job. However, his style is different from Squire's. As a result, Squire's absence was definitely heard.
The guy I went with recorded the show, but something went wrong and nothing showed up on the tape.