On This Day (July 21)…Philly Relayer

Yes performed on this day in 1975 at the Spectrum Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here.

Yes was at this time on their Relayer Tour, supporting the album of the same name. The Relayer Lineup of Yes, set apart by the presence of Swiss keyboardist Patrick Moraz, marked the first time someone not of British origin was in the band. It is also one of the lineups which received a Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame induction snub, as Moraz was not inducted with the rest of the band.

The setlist of this concert featured cuts from the albums Time and a Word, The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, and even one number which would later feature of Going for the One! Two of the three songs from Relayer, the titular tour album, showed up; one concert viewer recalled that portions of the third song, “To Be Over”, also showed up intermixed with other songs.

This concert is known to have been recorded, and is in circulation online.

I talk more about the venue at which the group performed, the Philadelphia Spectrum, here.

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