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    Early 90s Yes convention in NYC with Jon Anderson?

    Did anyone here go to a Yes convention that was sometime in the early 90s - probably no later than 1992. It was in a ballroom at some random hotel in Manhattan, Jon Anderson appeared and spoke a bit, don't think he performed. Not sure what else there was there, but I remember it as the first time I saw Robert Wolf's table o' prog CDs, and the first time I bought a stack of non-major-label prog CDs all at once.

    Anyone know what this convention was called? And what else may have occurred there?

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    Are you sure it wasn't Cherry Hill, NJ? Hosted by Dan and Glenn Gottlieb, from Yes magazine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chescorph View Post
    Are you sure it wasn't Cherry Hill, NJ? Hosted by Dan and Glenn Gottlieb, from Yes magazine?
    I think it WAS hosted by Yes Magazine, but there's no way I would have gone to Jersey for it.

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    I recall going to one in 1995 or so near MSG - 34th and 8th. I rememeber Jon playing piano for a little bit

    Or i just imagined the whole thing!

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    Was one in Philly during the Union tour. Yesfest

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    Quote Originally Posted by tales78 View Post
    Was one in Philly during the Union tour. Yesfest
    Yep. I went to that one. Saw an interview/Q&A with Steve Howe. Very cool event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Bails View Post
    Yep. I went to that one. Saw an interview/Q&A with Steve Howe. Very cool event.
    Likewise, I was there. That was a lot of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adinfinitum View Post
    I recall going to one in 1995 or so near MSG - 34th and 8th. I rememeber Jon playing piano for a little bit

    Or i just imagined the whole thing!
    There was YesFest in September of 1994. It was a 2 or 3 day event with Yes playing MSG on Saturday. They had lots of vendors and some Yes cover bands. I remember Chris and Alan showed up briefly. Patrick Moraz and Peter Banks played (together if I remember correctly) and signed autographs.

    Edit: Apparently Happy Rhodes played there that Friday too.

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    It MIGHT have been a little closer to mid 90s but I think it was a one day event, and that Jon was the only member of Yes present. But it is all a little fuzzy.

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    It was the Talk tour at the Hammerstein ballroom. Two days, Fri. And Sat. I went Friday, I don't think any members of the band past or present showed up. If I recall, there was a yes tribute band called Wondrous Stories, maybe Happy Rhodes was there.

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    Like I said Anderson was there, it was in a hotel, it was long before Talk. Before The Ladder I'd say too. Maybe before Union. Probably around when Union came out actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    it was long before Talk.
    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Before The Ladder I'd say too.
    Gee, you think?
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    Sept. 9 and 10, 1994. But what do I know, I was only there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    Gee, you think?
    It was definitely before Heaven and Earth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkpanther View Post
    Sept. 9 and 10, 1994. But what do I know, I was only there.
    Do you remember where it was? The hotel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Do you remember where it was? The hotel.
    Right across 34th Street, Hammerstein Ballroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chescorph View Post
    Are you sure it wasn't Cherry Hill, NJ? Hosted by Dan and Glenn Gottlieb, from Yes magazine?

    I was at the one in 1987 at the Hiatt hotel there. I remember everyone was excited about the imminent release of Big Generator. If they only knew then that 95 percent of people on Progressive Ears would trash that album 30 years later. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkpanther View Post
    Right across 34th Street, Hammerstein Ballroom.
    It was definitely at Manhattan Center but I think it may have been the Grand Ballroom and not the Hammerstein Ballroom (but I could be wrong).

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    Quote Originally Posted by PixelDelirium View Post
    It was definitely at Manhattan Center but I think it may have been the Grand Ballroom and not the Hammerstein Ballroom (but I could be wrong).
    Not the Hammerstein - Wikipedia says that fits 2500 people, this wasn't more than a couple of hundred - it was a room, not a venue. Straight back chairs they set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    - it was a room, not a venue. Straight back chairs they set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Not the Hammerstein - Wikipedia says that fits 2500 people, this wasn't more than a couple of hundred - it was a room, not a venue. Straight back chairs they set up.
    I believe they had straight back chairs but there was also a proper stage. The vendors were setup on the sides, but it was just one big room with the chairs in the middle and the stage up front.

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    some footage from 1994. squire was hilarious. sorely missed.





    addendum: even more hilarous. howe in pre-grumpy mode!

    Last edited by iguana; 03-07-2017 at 03:05 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iguana View Post
    some footage from 1994. squire was hilarious. sorely missed.
    Oh, yeah. I was at the LA thing in '94. Organized by Christine whats-her-name (in these clips), who throughout most of the 90s held the title of Alpha Yes Groupie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulrus View Post
    Oh, yeah. I was at the LA thing in '94. Organized by Christine whats-her-name (in these clips), who throughout most of the 90s held the title of Alpha Yes Groupie.
    Oh, did she do some Prog newsletter?

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    Yes she did. Ran the US TFK fan club too, if I'm not mistaken.

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