This was more like it, the incredible Tales From Topographic Oceans tour – a full set based around their epic album with a short intermission half way through. It was my first Yes concert, but I would still rate it as one of the best rock shows I’ve ever been to.
I’d not heard the album at the time but it was still a brilliant performance, and very moving in places. Tickets were at a premium and we were stuck right up in the gods. Not being used to intermissions we almost missed the restart and had to dash down the steeply raked seats to try and switch our cassette recorders back on – and almost went over the edge.
Strangely I didn’t see Yes again until their reunion tour at the same venue (which was I have to say one of the best reunions I’ve witnessed
I must confess for a teenager this wasn’t the easiest of music to get to grips with. But it was a cheap ticket and heavily promoted by the Virgin Records label. We were actually on the side of the stage for most of Faust’s set, totally bewildered by it all.
They had TVs and pin-ball machines, and it all seemed to lack any sort of cohesion. After a while the band seemed to realise they were getting nowhere, had the house lights brought up and left the stage.
People got restless and angry when they realised that was it. We wandered onto the stage and started messing with the pin-ball tables, only be told to clear off. “You should have done that while they were playing…” I assume many of the soon to emerge Sheffield band scene were also in the audience.
In 1989, 3/4 of Agaton Saks became Zu adding Mark Bennett on vocals. From Agaton Saks – Griff on guitar, Steve Crewe drums and Nick on bass.
From Marek Pryjomko. Year unknown – any ideas?