The show as I recall, was the first stop on the tour. My friend John and I had seen the Doobies Bros. earlier that year (yuck....means muddy sound and bad vibes from the rowdy crowd). Several of our friends wanted to go but bailed at the last minute (their loss!!) We got to the Civic Center early, and since it was the first stop, we were let in early and jetted straight to the front and camped out in front of where Steve was playing. All of the "Welcome to the US" signs were out early. I recall the crowd was light but enthusiatic nonetheless. I could go on and on, but these are the memories I have are as follows... Gates....just spectacular.
The guy who kept his ear up to the speakers on the Howe side of the stage the entire night and just jamming......
The girl who was giving out bowl hits in the front....god, she was hot
The soccer ball Steve kicked around during his solo piece.
Nothing from Close to the Edge except Siberian
The lasers.....the lasers......the mesmorizing light show....still the best even when Pink Floyd used similar types in '87 and '95.
The stage setup was wild.....Roger Dean is a god
all designed for this guy to hold on to these great memories...peace
The opening act was The Pousse D'Arte Band. There was a very long interval between the opening act and Yes's arrival. Despite the fact that this show sported the monstrous fiberglass War of the Worlds crab and some laser effects, it was also probably the most dimly lit of the Yes shows that I saw. Solo material was recieved well by the sparse crowd, especially Chris Squire's songs from "Fish Out of Water" and Anderson's harp solo from "Olias". My friends and I just gaped at each other in wonder at this.
I went with the woman I love to this day. A sparse crowd meant we could roam all about the pavillion, see the marvelous set close up, from farther away. The lasers and the effects seemed to be just for us. Chris played "Hold Out Your Hand" and Jon played a bit of Olias. We were so close to the stage at one point that Squire just handed my friend a bass pick. Despite the slim crowd they did two encores, the first was "I'm Down" by the Beatles!
The Yes show in Roanoke, VA in '76 was my first big concert.
Those were festival seating days and it was my first big concert. I remember everybody sitting on the floor before the show started. Then when the opening band began (Pousette Dart Band) everyone jumped up and started pushing toward the stage. Then lots of people started yelling to sit down, and, amazingly, everyone did! But in a much smaller area, now. We were all crushed together sitting on the floor... until Yes came out. No one sat down after that!
As I recall, programs weren't available at the Roanoke show. They said they hadn't arrived yet.
I was at the 5/28, 1976 concert in Roanoke. For what it's worth my memory is this; Yes definitely did NOT play " The Remembering", but I'm reasonably sure they DID play "The Gates of Delirium". What surprised my friends and I the most was that it was Howe, and not Moraz, that played the wild synthy sounding leads during the latter parts of Soundchaser. Perhaps he was only 'doubling' Moraz and we just didn't realize?... I don't think so, but it WAS along time ago.
AW: We didn't think it really worked as part of the stage set, to promote each individual album as part of the stage show. It just wasn't jelling with the rest of the set, for what reason I don't know. But I do recall the whole band playing..."One Way Rag".
MOT: That sounded pretty good.
AW: Also did another song, the words were by William Blake that Jon used to really like singing.
MOT: Actually I thought it sounded overall pretty good though I thought your song fared the best.
AW: Really? That's interesting. And Chris did "Song of Seven"? Did he do that? (Starts to hum melody from "Lucky Seven")...
MOT: Chris....Chris or Jon?
MOT: Actually he did "Hold Out Your Hand", and "With You By My Side". I understand you guys also did "Lucky Seven".