Close to the Edge Tour

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Close to the Edge Tour
World tour by Yes
Location North America, Europe, Asia, Australasia
Associated album Close to the Edge
Start date 30 July 1972
End date 22 April 1973
Legs 7
Number of shows 95
Yes concert chronology

The Close to the Edge Tour was a concert tour by progressive rock band Yes in promotion of their 1972 album, Close to the Edge. Lasting from 30 July 1972 until 22 April 1973, and including 95 performances,[1] the tour began at the Dallas, Texas Memorial Auditorium, and ended at the West Palm Beach Auditorium in West Palm Beach, Florida.[2][3] The tour was Alan White's first with the band.[3]

Recordings from the tour—both film and audio—were included on the band's 1973 live album, Yessongs.[4] The filmed performance was recorded at the December 1972 shows at the London Rainbow Theatre.[5]

Recordings

Eleven songs from the tour (from unspecified dates) were included on the band's 1973 live album, Yessongs—the excerpt from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, "Siberian Khatru", "Heart of the Sunrise", "And You and I", "Mood for a Day", excerpts from Wakeman's The Six Wives of Henry VIII, "Roundabout", "I've Seen All Good People", "Close to the Edge", "Yours Is No Disgrace", and "Starship Trooper".[4]

Film footage of the 15–16 December 1972 shows at the London Rainbow Theatre was included on the album's 1975 re-release.[5]

Members

The line-up for the tour unchanged throughout its duration; the line-up was the seventh incarnation of Yes.[6] Bill Bruford left the band on 19 July 1972, after the recording sessions for Close to the Edge had finished.[7] Alan White joined the band by the end of the month, after a number of dates had been cancelled in the wake of Bruford's departure.[5] As he played on the album but was replaced for the tour Bruford was contractually obliged to share album royalties with White, and claims that Yes manager Brian Lane enforced a compensation payment of $10,000 from Bruford.[8]

Tour dates

The tour saw the band play a total of 95 concerts in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia over seven legs—three North American legs, two European legs, an Asian leg and an Australasian leg.[2]

Support came from Eagles, Edgar Winter, Lindisfarne, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Gary Wright, The J Geils Band, Badger,[5] and Focus.[3]

Setlist:[9]

At the 19 March 1973 show at Brisbane Festival Hall, Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe played short renditions of "Waltzing Matilda" and "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport".[3]

Date City Country Venue
North America
30 July 1972 Dallas United States Dallas Convention Center
31 July 1972 Houston Hofheinz Pavilion
1 August 1972 Oklahoma City Fairgrounds Arena
2 August 1972 Denver Denver Coliseum
4 August 1972 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
5 August 1972 Berkeley Berkeley Community Theatre
6 August 1972 Portland Memorial Coliseum
7 August 1972 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
8 August 1972 Seattle United States Paramount Theatre
10 August 1972 Trotwood Hara Arena
11 August 1972 Akron Rubber Bowl
12 August 1972 Asbury Park Asbury Park Convention Hall
13 August 1972 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
15 August 1972 Philadelphia The Spectrum
16 August 1972 New York City Gaelic Park
18 August 1972 Louisville Louisville Convention Center
20 August 1972 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
21 August 1972 Edwardsville Mississippi River Festival
Europe
2 September 1972 London England Crystal Palace Bowl
4 September 1972 Glasgow Scotland Kelvin Hall
5 September 1972
9 September 1972 Bristol England Colston Hall
10 September 1972 Manchester Belle Vue Zoological Gardens
12 September 1972 Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
North America
15 September 1972 Pembroke Pines United States Hollywood Sportatorium
16 September 1972 Tampa Curtis Hixon Hall
17 September 1972 Jacksonville Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum
19 September 1972 Cincinnati Cincinnati Gardens
20 September 1972 Indianapolis Fairgrounds Coliseum
21 September 1972 Detroit Cobo Arena
22 September 1972 Chicago Arie Crown Theater
23 September 1972 Minneapolis The Armory
24 September 1972 Milwaukee MECCA Arena
25 September 1972 Hartford Dillon Stadium
26 September 1972 Boston Music Theatre
27 September 1972 Richmond Richmond Coliseum
29 September 1972 New Orleans Municipal Auditorium
30 September 1972 Atlanta Municipal Auditorium
1 October 1972 Tuscaloosa Memorial Coliseum
2 October 1972 Columbia Carolina Coliseum
3 October 1972 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
28 October 1972 Millersville Millersville University
29 October 1972 Syracuse Onondaga County War Memorial
30 October 1972 Waterloo Canada University of Waterloo
31 October 1972 Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens
1 November 1972 Ottawa National Arts Centre
2 November 1972 Montreal Theatre Saint-Denis
3 November 1972 Flint United States IMA Sports Arena
4 November 1972 Columbus St. John Arena
5 November 1972 Erie Hammermill Center
6 November 1972 Youngstown Beeghly Center
7 November 1972 Pittsburgh Civic Arena
8 November 1972 Huntington Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse
10 November 1972 Roanoke Roanoke Civic Center
11 November 1972 Durham Cameron Indoor Stadium
12 November 1972 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
14 November 1972 Athens Georgia Coliseum
15 November 1972 Knoxville Knoxville Civic Coliseum
16 November 1972 Bowling Green Anderson Arena
17 November 1972 Terre Haute Hulman Center
18 November 1972 Notre Dame Edmund P. Joyce Center
19 November 1972 Kent Memorial Gymnasium
20 November 1972 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
Europe
15 December 1972 London England Rainbow Theatre
16 December 1972 Rainbow Theatre
17 December 1972 Manchester Hardrock Concert Theatre
Asia
8 March 1973 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Koseinenkin Kaikan
9 March 1973 Shibuya Koukaidou
10 March 1973 Kanda Kyoritsu Koudou
11 March 1973 Nagoya Nagoya-shi Koukaido
12 March 1973 Osaka Kouseinennkin Kaikan
14 March 1973 Kyoto Kyoto Kaikan
Oceania
17 March 1973 Sydney Australia Hordern Pavilion
19 March 1973 Brisbane Brisbane Festival Hall
21 March 1973 Adelaide Apollo Stadium
23 March 1973 Melbourne Festival Hall
26 March 1973 Sydney Hordern Pavilion
North America
4 April 1973 San Diego United States San Diego Sports Arena
5 April 1973 Inglewood Los Angeles Forum
6 April 1973 Las Vegas Ice Palace
7 April 1973 San Francisco Winterland
8 April 1973 Albuquerque Johnson Gymnasium
9 April 1973 Phoenix Phoenix Symphony Hall
11 April 1973 Wichita Century II Convention Hall
12 April 1973 Oklahoma City Fairgrounds Arena
13 April 1973 San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
14 April 1973 Houston Hofheinz Pavilion
15 April 1973 Dallas Dallas Convention Center
16 April 1973 St. Louis Kiel Auditorium
17 April 1973
18 April 1973 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
19 April 1973 Atlanta Alexander Memorial Coliseum
20 April 1973 Savannah Savannah Civic Center
21 April 1973 Tampa Curtis Hixon Hall
22 April 1973 West Palm Beach West Palm Beach Auditorium

Cancelled shows

The tour's first four scheduled shows were cancelled in the wake of Bill Bruford's resignation from the band. When Alan White was confirmed as a member, the tour began at the fifth scheduled show on 30 July 1972.[5] A whole leg, covering South America, was cancelled.[3] Dates and venues were never released, except for the scheduled performance at the Salle University in Acapulco on 1 May 1973.[3]

Date City Country Venue
26 July 1972 Edwardsville United States Edwardsville Amphitheatre
27 July 1972 Louisville Louisville Convention Center
28 July 1972 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
29 July 1972 Little Rock Barton Coliseum
29 March 1973 Auckland New Zealand Western Springs
30 March 1973 Wellington Athletic Park
31 March 1973 Christchurch Town Hall
1 May 1973 Acapulco Mexico Salle University

References

  1. Whipple, Peter. "Index". Forgotten Yesterdays. Archived from the original on July 9, 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Whipple, Peter. "The Fragile Tour". Forgotten Yesterdays. Archived from the original on August 21, 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 109. ISBN 0-85965-297-1. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Yessongs liner notes, New York: Atlantic Recording Corporation, 1973 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 108. ISBN 0-85965-297-1. 
  6. Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 8. ISBN 0-85965-297-1. 
  7. Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 107. ISBN 0-85965-297-1. 
  8. Welch, Chris (2000). Close to the edge : the story of Yes ([Updated ed] ed.). London: Omnibus. p. 126. ISBN 0-7119-8041-1. 
  9. "Close To The Edge Tour - Tour Dates". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on August 21, 2007. Retrieved 2013-10-04.