On This Day (March 6)…Tales From Topographic Chicago

Yes performed on this day in 1974 at the International Amphitheater in Chicago, Illinois.

Chris Squire onstage. Photo by David Slania. Retrieved from here.

Yes’ first gig at the International Amphitheater took place near the end of their Tales From Topographic Oceans tour, supporting their most recent album. A handful of gigs on this US leg and one last European leg of the tour remained.

The album proved to be divisive both for fans and for the band themselves. After the tour, Rick Wakeman would quit the band for the first time, disillusioned with the music from the recent band.

Rick Wakeman onstage. Photo by David Slania. Retrieved from here.

Most of the double album was played on this night in order. The second movement, known as “The Remembering”, was not performed. Also on the setlist was the entire album preceding this one, Close to the Edge, played in reverse order. Encores of “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper” closed out the concert.

Recollections from the night mention that support act, who was either Charlie Starr (who is listed as the act on Forgotten Yesterdays) or John Martyn, had some trouble getting through his set.

No recording of this concert is known to exist.

I talk more about the venue at which the group performed, the International Amphitheater, here.

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