Jon Anderson: 8/21/1982


This was an amazing concert! I love Yes and seeing Jon Anderson solo in a small venue like the Sunrise Musical Theater was a real treat. I went to this show with my friend Bob and we had great seats: first row center in the balcony. This gave us a clear view of the stage and the sound was crisp.

It was a while back, so a lot of the finer details have faded, but there are some things that stand out for me. His solo material was great, but he also performed a plethora of Yes songs, including “Close to the Edge,” “Wonderous Stories,” “And You And I,” “Perpetual Change,” and “Heart of the Sunrise,” which seemed all the more magical being performed in the Sunrise Musical Theater.

I experienced something really strange at this concert, one of those transcendent musical experiences. As Jon was singing, he would extend his hands out in front of him, and his hands seemed like they were reaching across time and space, right up to where I was sitting in the balcony. It was like the music shifted my consciousness and opened my mind.

The show concluded with an encore that included “Roundabout.” I left feeling changed. Prior to this show, I had not seen Yes live (I would see them for the first time the following year on the 90125 tour), so this was a really moving concert experience for me.

I listened hard but could not see
Life tempo change out and inside me
The preacher trained in all to lose his name
The teacher travels, asking to be shown the same
In the end we’ll agree, we’ll accept, we’ll immortalize
That the truth of man maturing in his eyes
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid
As a moment regained and regarded both the same
Emotion revealed as the ocean maid
A clearer future, morning, evening, nights with you

And you and I climb, crossing the shapes of the morning
And you and I reach over the sun for the river
And you and I climb, clearer towards the movement
And you and I called over valleys of endless seas

(Excerpt from “And You And I” by Yes)

Aerosmith: 12/18/1984


Aerosmith was playing two nights at the Sunrise Musical Theater, and I had gone the first night, which was awesome (click here for my memories of that show). I was expecting another great show, but was surprised by what I witnessed at this evening’s performance.

I had taken a woman I worked with, Lisa, to this show. I was interested in her and this was like our “first date.” I’d seen the show the night before, knew what to expect, and figured the way to a woman’s heart is through good music. What could possible go wrong?

The show started pretty much the same as the previous night, but that changed once the band started playing “Big Ten Inch Record.” This evening, Steven Tyler brought a stage prop along with him—a 3-foot dildo. During the song, he held it to his crotch and dangled it off the edge of the stage. At that point, two young women in the front decided to demonstrate their oral capabilities on the big rubber phallus. My first thought was: “That’s one way to get invited back stage.” I glanced over at my date; she did not look amused. The rest of the show and the seemingly long drive home felt awkward. Needless to say, we never went out again after that.

While this was not the most outrageous thing I have seen on stage, it was up there. I guess rock and roll is supposed to be outrageous, right?