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Yes Concert Review 1980

Updated on December 1, 2012

The Drama Tour

The Drama Tour was pure Yes drama. The second Yes concert I ever went to was on September 1st 1980 at the Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut. This was the first Drama tour date in the USA. In the lineup that evening was 2 newcomers; Trevor Horn on vocals and Geoff Downs on keyboards, as well as classic line up members Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White.The set list that night was; Does It Really Happen?
Yours Is No Disgrace,
Into The Lens,
Clap,
And You And I,
Go Through This,
Man In The White Car Suite,
Parallels,
We Can Fly From Here,
Tempus Fugit,
Amazing Grace/The Fish,
Machine Messiah,
Starship Trooper and
Roundabout

I really was a bit disappointed with the overall sound at the start of the concert. It seemed during the first few words that Trevor was singing during Your Is No Disgrace that his microphone wasn't on-and when it came on-his voice just wasn't what I expected. The stage was set in the round, and had a bit more of a mechanical movement than the previous tour. Alan's drum set raised and twirled somewhat above the stage. I know the concert was sold out many months in advance. Tickets for the show went on sale on Good Friday the previous April. I had gotten up at 5 a.m. that morning and went to get in line at the Hartford Civic Center box office to get mine. At that point in time both Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman were with the band, however they subsequently left before the tour got under way. This was a major disappointment to me and many other fans, judging by the number of empty seats. There was no Close To The Edge played, nor any Tales From Topographic Oceans

Although the Drama album has it's musical high points, it was released to no acclaim and radio air play, some of the songs do sound good. Steve's guitar work on Does It Really Happen and Into The Lens is outstanding. However the group just didn't jell on stage. To this day I consider it the most uninspiring concert of the 20 times I've seen Yes.

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