Tormato: Watch prog titans Yes wild out at The Spectrum in June of 1979 - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
Yes at the Spectrum | still from video

When UK progressive / psych rock trailblazers Yes took their ninth album Tormato to the road in 1979, it was the last run of their classic lineup. A year later, founding vocalist Jon Anderson departed the band, along with Rick Wakeman, the keyboard virtuoso whose playing defined the band’s sound in the 1970s. Although Anderson did rejoin the band’s ranks by the “Owner of a Lonely Heart” era, and Wakeman was back on board for a few stints in the 90s, the split at the turn of the 80s marked a dramatic shift in the band’s identity.

This Tormato tour performance, filmed live at The Spectrum on June 20th, 1979, captures the final time the adventurous Yes of its initial incarnation played Philly.

Siberian Khatru
Heart Of The Sunrise
Future Times/Rejoice
Circus Of Heaven
The Big Medley
Arriving UFO
And You And I
Starship Trooper
[Wakeman’s Solo]
Leaves Of Green
Tour Song
I’ve Seen All Good People

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