Stepping into Bill Bruford’s shoes, Alan made his Yes debut on this triple-disc live set. It was a memorable case of being thrown in at the deep end.
“They said, ‘Oh, by the way, we’ve got a gig on Monday in Dallas, Texas.’ So I had three days to learn all the material. We had one rehearsal and the rest of the time I spent practising at home, listening to the records and trying to figure it all out.”
“I thought it was a little unfair, actually, that they were recording a live album on my first tour, and playing such complex stuff. But, funnily enough, that first night, in front of 10,000 people, I made very few mistakes.”
“I think they wanted to get a more funky, r’n’b feeling into the music, and that’s where I fitted in.”