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
Shows 95
Yes concert chronology
Fragile Tour
Close to the Edge Tour
Tales From Topographic Oceans Tour

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]


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]


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]

Set list[edit]

The set list included an introductory excerpt from Igor Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, "I've Seen All Good People", "Heart of the Sunrise", "Mood for a Day", "Colours of the Rainbow" (a solo by Jon Anderson, an extract of "The Beautiful Land" by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, from their musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd), "And You and I", "Siberian Khatru", "Close to the Edge", "Sakura Sakura" (at the Japanese shows), "Long Distance Runaround", "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)", "Perpetual Change", "Clap", "Yours Is No Disgrace", a solo section by Rick Wakeman, "Roundabout", "South Side of the Sky", "Starship Trooper", and "America".[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]

Tour dates[edit]

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][10]

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

North American leg[edit]

Date City Country Venue
30 July 1972 Dallas, Texas United States Dallas Convention Center
31 July 1972 Houston, Texas Hofheinz Pavilion
1 August 1972 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Fairgrounds Arena
2 August 1972 Denver, Colorado Denver Coliseum
4 August 1972 Long Beach, California Long Beach Arena
5 August 1972 Berkeley, California Berkeley Community Theatre
6 August 1972 Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum
7 August 1972 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Pacific Coliseum
8 August 1972 Seattle, Washington United States Paramount Theater
10 August 1972 Trotwood, Ohio Hara Arena
11 August 1972 Akron, Ohio Rubber Bowl
12 August 1972 Asbury Park, New Jersey Convention Hall
13 August 1972 Columbia, Maryland Merriweather Post Pavilion
15 August 1972 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum
16 August 1972 New York City, New York Gaelic Park
18 August 1972 Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Convention Center
20 August 1972 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum
21 August 1972 Edwardsville, Illinois Mississippi River Festival

European leg[edit]

Date City Country Venue
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

Second North American leg[edit]

Date City Country Venue
15 September 1972 Pembroke Pines, Florida United States Hollywood Sportatorium
16 September 1972 Tampa, Florida Curtis Hixon Hall
17 September 1972 Jacksonville, Florida Memorial Coliseum
19 September 1972 Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Gardens
20 September 1972 Indianapolis, Indiana Fairgrounds Coliseum
21 September 1972 Detroit, Michigan Cobo Arena
22 September 1972 Chicago, Illinois Arie Crown Theater
23 September 1972 Minneapolis, Minnesota The Armory
24 September 1972 Milwaukee, Wisconsin MECCA Arena
25 September 1972 Hartford, Connecticut Dillon Stadium
26 September 1972 Boston, Massachusetts Music Theatre
27 September 1972 Richmond, Virginia Richmond Coliseum
29 September 1972 New Orleans, Louisiana Municipal Auditorium
30 September 1972 Atlanta, Georgia Municipal Auditorium
1 October 1972 Tuscaloosa, Alabama Memorial Coliseum
2 October 1972 Columbia, South Carolina Carolina Coliseum
3 October 1972 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum
28 October 1972 Millersville, Pennsylvania Millersville University
29 October 1972 Syracuse, New York Onondaga County War Memorial
30 October 1972 Waterloo, Ontario Canada University of Waterloo
31 October 1972 Toronto, Ontario Maple Leaf Gardens
1 November 1972 Ottawa, Ontario National Arts Centre
2 November 1972 Montreal, Quebec Theatre Saint-Denis
3 November 1972 Flint, Michigan United States IMA Sports Arena
4 November 1972 Columbus, Ohio St. John Arena
5 November 1972 Erie, Pennsylvania Hammermill Center
6 November 1972 Youngstown, Ohio Beeghly Center
7 November 1972 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Civic Arena
8 November 1972 Huntington, West Virginia Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse
10 November 1972 Roanoke, Virginia Roanoke Civic Center
11 November 1972 Durham, North Carolina Cameron Indoor Stadium
12 November 1972 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum
14 November 1972 Athens, Georgia Georgia Coliseum
15 November 1972 Knoxville, Tennessee Knoxville Civic Coliseum
16 November 1972 Bowling Green, Ohio Anderson Arena
17 November 1972 Terre Haute, Indiana Hulman Center
18 November 1972 Notre Dame, Indiana Edmund P. Joyce Center
19 November 1972 Kent, Ohio Memorial Gymnasium
20 November 1972 Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum

Second European leg[edit]

Date City Country Venue
15 December 1972 London England Rainbow Theatre
16 December 1972 Rainbow Theatre
17 December 1972 Manchester Hardrock Concert Theatre

Asian leg[edit]

Date City Country Venue
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

Australian leg[edit]

Date City Country Venue
17 March 1973 Sydney Australia Hordern Pavilion
19 March 1973 Brisbane Festival Hall
21 March 1973 Adelaide Apollo Stadium
23 March 1973 Melbourne Festival Hall
26 March 1973 Sydney Hordern Pavilion

Third North American leg[edit]

Date City Country Venue
4 April 1973 San Diego, California United States San Diego Sports Arena
5 April 1973 Inglewood, California Los Angeles Forum
6 April 1973 Las Vegas, Nevada Ice Palace
7 April 1973 San Francisco, California Winterland
8 April 1973 Albuquerque, New Mexico Johnson Gymnasium
9 April 1973 Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix Symphony Hall
11 April 1973 Wichita, Kansas Century II Convention Hall
12 April 1973 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Fairgrounds Arena
13 April 1973 San Antonio, Texas Municipal Auditorium
14 April 1973 Houston, Texas Hofheinz Pavilion
15 April 1973 Dallas, Texas Dallas Convention Center
16 April 1973 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Auditorium
17 April 1973
18 April 1973 Nashville, Tennessee Municipal Auditorium
19 April 1973 Atlanta, Georgia Alexander Memorial Coliseum
20 April 1973 Savannah, Georgia Savannah Civic Center
21 April 1973 Tampa, Florida Curtis Hixon Hall
22 April 1973 West Palm Beach, Florida West Palm Beach Auditorium

Cancelled shows[edit]

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, Illinois United States Edwardsville Amphitheatre
27 July 1972 Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Convention Center
28 July 1972 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum
29 July 1972 Little Rock, Arkansas 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


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  2. ^ a b Whipple, Peter. "The Fragile Tour". Forgotten Yesterdays. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 109. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1. 
  4. ^ a b Yessongs liner notes, New York: Atlantic Recording Corporation, 1973 
  5. ^ a b c d e Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 108. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1. 
  6. ^ Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 8. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1. 
  7. ^ Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 107. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1. 
  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. ^ Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 139. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1. 
  10. ^ Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 106. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1.