Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN was the venue for a Yes/Eagles appearance on Aug. 19, 1972. It was the Close to the Edge tour for Yes. The Eagles, on their first Eagles tour, opened for Yes. The Eagles opened several shows for Yes in 1972, like the Indiana State Fairgrounds on September 20; Dillon Stadium in Hartford,CT; Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, SC.
About 6,800 persons attended this Memphis concert. Randy is wearing his “War is not healthy” shirt.
This show was originally scheduled for July 28, but the performance was postponed due to surgery for one of Yes’ band members.
“The show-opening Eagles, a West Coast quartet, provided their brand of smooth, cleanly-delivered, foot-stomping country music-rooted rock tunes.”
Memphis Press-Scimitar (Memphis, TN) – Aug. 21, 1972
The sticker on Randy’s bass and image on his shirt above
Memphis Press-Scimitar (Memphis, TN) – Aug. 11, 1972
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) – July 20, 1972
“Yes’ lead-in act will be Eagles, a country-rock group in hot demand on the basis of its current hit single, ‘Take It Easy,’ and a recently-released companion-album.”
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) – Aug. 13, 1972
“The group, which sounded very much like Poco, did not strike up much of a response from what must have been a Yes-oriented audience — except when it performed its recent single hit, ‘Take It Easy’.”
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) – Aug. 20, 1972
“Eagles have been Eagles for about a year and before the Yes tour worked as a leading act on Joe Cocker and Jethro Tull junkets, usually in large arenas which those popular acts demand.”
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) – Aug. 27, 1972
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