Yes Tour Time Machine – 627

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

This week, Mark and I climbed aboard our state of the art time machine to visit the past of the world’s greatest progressive rock band. We each chose 3 Yes tours we would love to be able to visit and gave each other clues to guess which ones we were thinking of. You’ll get the idea I’m sure.

Do play along yourself and see if you can guess the tours in question before Mark or I do – you probably will. Then, why not add your own to the show notes for this week – set a few clues and then see if anyone can guess in the comments. We had a lot of fun with this activity so join us to test your own knowledge. Set phasers to fun, as they say.

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  • Can you guess from our cryptic clues?
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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from:

8 replies on “Yes Tour Time Machine – 627”

I haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but I don’t need to in order to guess which tour Kevin would go back in time for…. Starts with a T….

My time machine trips would take me to see Yes open for Cream at the Royal Albert Hall in ’68. Next, to a full Yes set at a club like the Marquee with the original lineup. Then to a Tales show in ’74 with Gryphon opening, as I missed that tour. And I would take my wife to see one of the amazing ’76 shows with the Dean stage set, which was my favorite Yes tour.

Yes I agree with all of those. I can add the Rainbow London shows, JFK, 78 London again, but the real draw would be those amazing Roger Dean stage shows I never saw.

I guessed correctly only two out of the six!

For me I’d like to have seen them with Pete Best and also Trevor Rabin, as I saw them in ’75, ‘77,78 and’80 by which time Steve was too dominant.

Kevin, that poster I gave you was given to me by my best mate who also met the band after the gig. He recorded their brief chat. I made a copy which i’lll send you when I find it.

Thank you Mark for your kind comments. Your musical insights are always a welcome detail

Incidentally, last week on BBC Radio Three there was a review of recordings of Stravinsky’s The Firebird. For many of us, Yes’s intro music was the first we heard of this wonderful piece and in my case I went on to else much deeper into the “classical” composers, which they said influenced them. Listen on Apple Podcasts:

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