Yes Album Listening Guides – Tales From Topographic Oceans Part 9 – Pete Greenwood’s Tales Tour live experience – 630

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This week we had a great conversation with the delightful Pete Greenwood about his recollections of the Tales Tour when it visited Manchester for two concerts in 1973. The gigs spurred Pete on to pursue his own bass playing and that eventually led to him performing all four sides of Tales himself with the Yes tribute band, Seyes. Fortunately for us, the Tales concerts left an indelible impression on Pete and he shares lots of stories from 1973 with Mark and me. I’m sure you will enjoy listening to those as much as we did.

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6 replies on “Yes Album Listening Guides – Tales From Topographic Oceans Part 9 – Pete Greenwood’s Tales Tour live experience – 630”

Loved the chat with Pete. I thought I knew plenty about YES instrumentation but Pete’s knowledge is encyclopedic!
Don’t leave it too long to have him on again.

Really enjoyed listening to Pete’s memories from this tour. In advance of next week’s show where you (Kevin) mentioned Jon & the Band Geeks, I was fortunate enough to see them last night in Englewood, NJ. It’s Jon and a younger, tighter, more energetic and enthusiastic version of Yes. Very enjoyable and true to the correct presentation of the music. I hope all that are able get a chance to see them!

A thoroughly enjoyable episode, with wonderful first-hand accounts! Pete Greenwood’s stories from the original Tales tour took us right to that time and place that many of us wish we could have witnessed. I’m glad he’ll be returning to the podcast. (Don’t we hope Eddie Offord’s tapes can be found!) Thanks also to Simon Barrow for his excellent, positive report of current Yes’ Glasgow concert.  Very encouraging to hear of the good review in The Guardian, too!

Hi Kevin & Mark –

Another great episode.

I was really pleased to hear another mention of Steve Howe’s 3-spoked guitar stand from the Tales Tour. I remember vividly seeing the roadies rotate it around. As a 20-year-old guitar player at the time, I found it pretty impressive.

Some years ago I was using “how to keep a guitar from slipping off the strap” as a problem-solving discussion with a group of undergrads (in an Innovation class), and inevitably in the open conversation I had to mention this Steve Howe variation to them (“you can always bolt the guitar to something… or you can even do it three ways”).

At that time, I searched for a tour image of this 3-way stand that I might show to my students, but couldn’t find anything.

If anyone has a photo or a video link showing that device, I would welcome it. It’s no surprise that they came up with better solutions for subsequent tours – so this contraption was never to be seen again.

All the best,


Thoroughly enjoyed this episode. It was like chatting in the pub witha couple of mates, one of whom has brought along a friend who has some recollections to share.
I saw Pete with SeYes a few years ago at Trading Boundaries – a fantastic show. He mentioned wotjing with a new band “Yes, Please”. Is SeyYes no more? I recall they were looking for a singer a while ago.

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