Was there.you're right. Yes was totally unexpected and fresh and awesome. Procol Harem followed. Then Tull. To this day the best show I've seen. Saw Tull tonight at the Beacon. There is still verve there!
Monday, November 16, 2015 3:55 PM
It was their first concert tour of the US, but not their first US concert!
Saturday, November 14, 2015 7:19 AM
Me and a bunch of my friends took a trip down to the Jersey shore to see Jethro Tull at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ, we left from Hoboken, NJ where we lived. As we arrived we saw the marquis which said Jethro Tull Yes tonight! We thought the sign was saying "Yes" to Jethro Tull being there, we had no idea it was actually another band, as they weren't billed on the ticket. I remember Yes being introduced, and a bunch of morons started booing because they were just there to see Tull, but about 10 seconds into their first song, you could hear a pin drop, everyone forgot about Jethro Tull for their entire performance. If memory serves, they got 4 encores! Then it was time for Tull, and the same magic happened when they started playing, everyone forgot about Yes for their entire show, they also received 4 encores if I remember correctly. It was an absolutely amazing show, it was actually Yes' first United States appearance. I'll never forget that show, it was magical.
I was stationed at Fort Monmouth, NJ, and was excited to be going to see Jethro Tull, who had just released "Aqualung." Ticket stub and radio ads made no mention of an opening act. Ian Anderson came out alone to introduce "an obscure British act who came out with us for this tour," one that I certainly had never heard of, called "Yes."
Thirty-four years ago! Hard to believe.
Me and my army buddies were totally blown away! (Rex Martzolf, Dimples, Crash, Lydia McNabb, Drew, where are you?) If my failing memory serves me right, Yes opened with "I've Seen All Good People." I also seem to remember "Perpetual Change" as the closing piece. "Starship Trooper" was the one that made the most lasting impression upon me. Of course, being in the Army in 1971, we had access to loads of good German hashish and brown mescaline from Oregon, and, for all I know, the whole thing could have been a hallucination! I remember thinking afterward, "Tull should've opened up for Yes, not the other way around." I also remember how cool it was that the bands were actually over water as they played. Convention Hall is built on a pier that sticks out over the Atlantic. It fell into disrepair during the late 80s-early-90s, but I think some renovation has occurred lately. Not sure.