Fragile Tour

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Fragile Tour
World tour by Yes
Location Europe, North America
Associated album Fragile
Start date 24 September 1971
End date 27 March 1972
Legs 4
Shows 111
Yes concert chronology
The Yes Album Tour
(1970–71)
Fragile Tour
(1971–72)
Close to the Edge Tour
(1972–73)

The Fragile Tour was a concert tour by progressive rock band Yes in promotion of their 1971 album, Fragile. Lasting from 24 September 1971 until 27 March 1972, and including 111 performances,[1] the tour began at the Queen's Hall in Barnstaple, Devon, and ended at the Aquarius Theatre in Boston, MassachusettsBill Bruford's last performance with the band before returning for 1991's Union.[2][3] The tour was Rick Wakeman's first with the band; sources differ as to whether his first live appearance with the band was on 24 September at the Queen's Hall in Barnstaple,[4] or on 30 September—the third tour date—at Leicester's De Montfort Hall.[5]

Recordings[edit]

Three songs from the tour (from unknown dates)—"Perpetual Change", "Long Distance Runaround", and "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"—were included on the band's 1973 live album, Yessongs.[6]

The band's 3 October 1971 performance at the Hemel Hempstead Pavilion was recorded for television broadcast on BBC's Sounding Out.[4] The recording was broadcast on 10 January 1972, shortly before the commencement of the second European leg of the tour.[4]

Members[edit]

The line-up for the tour unchanged throughout its duration, though sources are contradictory as to whether Wakeman was present for the first two concerts.[4][5] The line-up was the sixth incarnation of Yes.[7] Rick Wakeman had joined the band the previous month, spending August and early September in recording sessions for Fragile at London's Advision Studios.[8][9][10]

Tour dates[edit]

The tour saw the band play a total of 111 concerts in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United States, and Belgium over four legs—two European legs and two North American legs.[2][11]

Support came from Jonathan Swift, Ten Years After, Mary Wells,[8] Emerson, Lake and Palmer, The J. Geils Band, King Crimson, The Blues Project, and Shawn Phillips.

European leg[edit]

Date City Country
24 September 1971 Devon United Kingdom
25 September 1971 Devizes
30 September 1971 Leicester
1 October 1971 Manchester
2 October 1971 Bradford
3 October 1971 Hemel Hempstead
4 October 1971 Aberdeen
6 October 1971 Glasgow
8 October 1971 London
10 October 1971 Dundee
11 October 1971 Wolverhampton
12 October 1971 Bristol
13 October 1971 Sheffield
15 October 1971 Stockton-on-Tees
16 October 1971 Newcastle
17 October 1971 Stoke
18 October 1971 Birmingham
21 October 1971 Warwick
22 October 1971 Leeds
23 October 1971 Edinburgh
25 October 1971 Chatham
26 October 1971 Liverpool
27 October 1971 Southampton
28 October 1971
31 October 1971 Amsterdam Netherlands

North American leg[edit]

Date City Country
1 November 1971 Waterbury, Connecticut United States
3 November 1971 Los Angeles, California
4 November 1971
5 November 1971
6 November 1971
7 November 1971
8 November 1971 San Francisco, California
9 November 1971 Los Angeles, California
10 November 1971 San Diego, California
11 November 1971 Hollywood, California
12 November 1971 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
13 November 1971 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
14 November 1971 Chicago, Illinois
15 November 1971 Detroit, Michigan
16 November 1971
17 November 1971 Elyria, Ohio
19 November 1971 Richmond, Virginia
20 November 1971 Durham, North Carolina
21 November 1971 DeLand, Florida
22 November 1971 Atlanta, Georgia
24 November 1971 New York City, New York
25 November 1971
27 November 1971
28 November 1971 Stony Brook, New York
30 November 1971 New York City, New York
1 December 1971 Waterbury, Connecticut
2 December 1971 Cincinnati, Ohio
3 December 1971 Akron, Ohio
4 December 1971 Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
5 December 1971 Plattsburgh, New York
8 December 1971 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
9 December 1971 Gaithersburg, Maryland
10 December 1971 Carlisle, Pennsylvania
11 December 1971 Garden City, New York
12 December 1971 Newark, New Jersey
14 December 1971 Boston, Massachusetts
15 December 1971 Cleveland, Ohio
16 December 1971 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
18 December 1971 New Orleans, Louisiana

Second European leg[edit]

Date City Country
14 January 1972 London United Kingdom
15 January 1972
19 January 1972 Leuven Belgium
20 January 1972 Antwerp
21 January 1972 Amsterdam Netherlands
23 January 1972 Rotterdam
28 January 1972 Bristol United Kingdom
29 January 1972 Boston
30 January 1972 Bristol
31 January 1972 Manchester

Second North American leg[edit]

Date City Country
18 February 1972 Bethany, West Virginia United States
19 February 1972 New York City, New York
21 February 1972 Asbury Park, New Jersey
22 February 1972 Princeton, New Jersey
23 February 1972 New York City, New York
24 February 1972 Burlington, Vermont
25 February 1972 Smithfield, Rhode Island
26 February 1972 Passaic, New Jersey
27 February 1972 Waterbury, Connecticut
29 February 1972 New York City, New York
1 March 1972 Rochester, New York
2 March 1972 Syracuse, New York
4 March 1972 Salem, Virginia
5 March 1972 Richmond, Virginia
6 March 1972 Wilmington, North Carolina
7 March 1972 Kutztown, Pennsylvania
10 March 1972 San Francisco, California
11 March 1972
13 March 1972 Denver, Colorado
14 March 1972 Spokane, Washington
15 March 1972 Los Angeles, California
16 March 1972 Tucson, Arizona
17 March 1972 San Bernardino, California
18 March 1972 San Diego, California
19 March 1972 Las Vegas, Nevada
21 March 1972 Chicago, Illinois
22 March 1972 Detroit, Michigan
23 March 1972 Cincinnati, Ohio
24 March 1972 South Bend, Indiana
25 March 1972 Columbus, Ohio
26 March 1972 Mentor, Ohio
27 March 1972 Boston, Massachusetts

Cancelled shows[edit]

Wilkinson (2003) lists only two shows from the tour as being cancelled. The first, on 9 October 1971 at the Edinburgh Empire Theatre, was cancelled after the PA system failed to arrive at the venue.[8] A newspaper story at the time reported that the equipment van, travelling to Scotland from the Royal Festival Hall from the previous evening's concert, broke down in Birmingham.[8] Similarly, two replacement vans also broke down.[8] The band rescheduled the date for 23 October, with original tickets still valid. The band offered free posters to fans attending the 23 October show.[8]

The second appearance to be cancelled was on 2 November at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California—the first show of the tour's North American leg.[8] The concert was cancelled as the band's PA system was stolen.[8]

Other sources state that it was the 8 November show at the San Francisco Winterland Ballroom that was cancelled due to the stolen PA system, implying that the band appeared that night at the Oakland Coliseum (with a rented sound system) instead.[4] Additionally, reports exist of a show on 29 October in Rotterdam, Netherlands, that was also cancelled.[4]

Date City Country
9 October 1971 Edinburgh United Kingdom
2 November 1971 Oakland, California United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whipple, Peter. "Index". Forgotten Yesterdays. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Whipple, Peter. "The Fragile Tour". Forgotten Yesterdays. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 107. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Yesgigs 1966-1980". Sullivan. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Wooding, Dan (1979). Rick Wakeman : the caped crusader. London: Panther. p. 73. ISBN 9780586048535. 
  6. ^ Yessongs liner notes, New York: Atlantic Recording Corporation, 1973 
  7. ^ Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 8. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 105. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1. 
  9. ^ Welch, Chris (2000). Close to the edge : the story of Yes ([Updated ed] ed.). London: Omnibus. p. 114. ISBN 0-7119-8041-1. 
  10. ^ Welch, Chris (2000). Close to the edge : the story of Yes ([Updated ed] ed.). London: Omnibus. p. 115. ISBN 0-7119-8041-1. 
  11. ^ Watkinson, David (2000). Yes : perpetual change : thirty years of Yes. London: Plexus. p. 106. ISBN 0-85-965-297-1.