That Time Yes Played To 130k in Philly

We're celebrating the return of YES' Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakemen to Kimmel Center ( 10/1 ) with our say YES to Prog Rock Weekend. We couldn't celebrate YES or Prog Rock without flashing back to one of the largest concerts in Philadelphia history, the 1976 BiCentential Concert at JFK Stadium featuring YES, Peter Frampton & Gary Wright. Check out YES' set list & some vintage '76 video of the band. Love those outfits!

 

YES' '76 gig at JFK so huge that in 2002, The City of Philadelphia declared August 8, 2002 YES Day in Philadelphia.  At that time, YES had sold out more shows in than any other act in Philadelphia history.

Here's how YES' Chris Squire (RIP) responded when he was asked what his most memorable concert ever was. "I suppose the most memorable show we did there was in '76, when they hadthe 200-year Independence Day celebration, and we, we played on that day in the JFK Stadium, which has since been pulled down, actually, but I believe it was the largest-ever actually enclosed gig that there ever was. We had a little help from Peter Frampton, who was doing very well at the time, to fill it out. But yeah, There was 130,000 people there."

SET LIST AND VINTAGE 1976 VIDEO

Apocalypse
Siberian Khatru
Sound Chaser
I've Seen All Good People
The Gates of Delirium
Clap
Long Distance Runaround
Keyboard Solo, Harp Solo
Heart of the Sunrise
Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil)

Encore:
Roundabout

Encore 2
I'm Down (Beatles cover)

 

 

Yes Live in 1976.avi

I've synched the originally silent 8mm footage from the Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Hartford shows with the New Jersey show radio broadcast audio, and then edited them together into a continuous mash-up. The Milwaukee footage is sadly rather dark, but I've managed to decipher the action from the light show.