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Author: Subject: I was going to go see Yes for their 40th until I read this

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 04:33 PM
Yes is playing a show in Cincy next month on their 40th anniversary. It is at a smaller venue, and the price was right. I started looking for tour info, and found this article. I would have been PO'd had I gone not knowing.
Yes To Tour With Replacement Singer
The classic rock band Yes, which was forced to cancel their 40th anniversary tour this year due to the illness of its lead singer, has decided to relaunch the tour with an "understudy" - a Yes tribute band singer.
Benoit David, who sings in several Yes tribute bands in Montreal, will replace Jon Anderson on the "In the Present" tour, which kicks of Nov. 4 in Ontario, Canada, according to bassist Chris Squire.
"I think it's all going to work out fine," Squire told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "Of course, realistically, there's an element of risk, but there always is."
Yes, which consists of Squire, Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White, scrapped their anniversary tour in June after Anderson suffered acute respiratory failure and was ordered by doctors to rest six months.
Squire found David on the Internet after a friend sent him a YouTube clip of David's tribute band, Close To The Edge. Squire liked what he saw and called David to offer an audition.
"The first thing he said to me was, 'Well, I'm looking around to see where the cameras are in case I'm being punked,'" Squire said.
Yes has taken a page from another classic rock group, Journey, who selected Arnel Pineda, a sound-a-like of old lead singer Steve Perry, to be their singer after the group discovered him singing Journey songs on YouTube. Pineda sang on the group's successful comeback album this year and has also been touring with them.
It's not the first time Yes has had a singer besides Anderson. Trevor Horn sang on the 1980 Yes album Drama" when Anderson briefly left the band. Squire hopes to work songs from that album into the set for the upcoming tour, plus a few songs he said were not Anderson's favorites to perform live but the rest of the band likes.
"You can't ever really replace Jon Anderson, because he's been such a force in the music business," Squire said. "We look upon his replacement as more of an understudy."
Squire said he is hopeful Anderson will be well enough to do shows next year. - Associated Press

 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 10:22 PM
I see now that some venues are billing the show as "Howe, Squire & White of Yes". Maybe to help give the heads up that Jon and Rick won't be with the band like last tour.
 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 10:32 PM
so who's in yes now?
 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 10:35 PM
Howe, Squire, White, Oliver Wakeman (Rick's son) on keys and Benoit David on vocals. Buzz is Benoit David does a splendid job filling in.
 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 10:58 PM
Yes is 40 years old? What did they do for the first 10 and last 27 years?

 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 11:16 PM
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Yes is 40 years old? What did they do for the first 10 and last 27 years?

This!
Year Album Billboard album 200[1] UK Top 100[2] RIAA Certification[3] BPI Certification[4]
1969 Yes - - - -
1970 Time and a Word - - - -
1971 The Yes Album 40 4 Platinum -
1971 Fragile 4 7 2x Platinum Platinum
1972 Close to the Edge 3 4 Platinum Platinum
1973 Tales from Topographic Oceans 6 1 Gold Gold
1974 Relayer 5 4 Gold -
1977 Going for the One 8 1 Gold Gold
1978 Tormato 10 8 Platinum Gold
1980 Drama 18 2 - Silver
1983 90125 5 16 3x Platinum Gold
1987 Big Generator 15 17 Platinum -
1991 Union 15 7 Gold -
1994 Talk 33 20 - -
1996 Keys to Ascension (also live) 99 - - -
1997 Keys to Ascension 2 (also live) - - - -
1997 Open Your Eyes 151 - - -
1999 The Ladder 99 36 - -
2001 Magnification 186 - - -

Live albums
Year Album Billboard album 200[5] UK Top 100[6] RIAA Certification[7] BPI Certification[8]
1973 Yessongs 12 7 Platinum -
1980 Yesshows 43 22 - Silver
1985 9012Live: The Solos 81 - - -
1996 Keys to Ascension (also studio) 99 - - -
1997 Keys to Ascension 2 (also studio) - - - -
2000 House of Yes: Live from House of Blues - - - -
2007 Live at Montreux 2003 - - - -

Compilation albums
Year Album Billboard album 200[9] UK Top 100[10] RIAA Certification[11] BPI Certification[12]
1975 Yesterdays 17 27 - -
1981 Classic Yes 142 - Gold Silver
1991 Yesyears - - - -
1992 Yesstory - - - -
1993 Symphonic Music of Yes - - - -
1993 Highlights: The Very Best of Yes - - Gold -
1997 Something's Coming: The BBC Recordings 1969-1970 - - - -
1998 Yes, Friends and Relatives - - - -
1999 Astral Traveller - - - -
2000 The Best of Yes - - - -
2001 Keystudio - - - -
2002 In a Word: Yes (1969 - ) - - - -
2003 The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection 131 10 - Gold
2003 Yes Remixes - - - -
2005 The Word is Live - - - -
2006 Essentially Yes - - - -

Video releases
Year Title
1973 Yessongs
1979 Live in Philadelphia
1985 9012Live
1991 YesYears
1991 Greatest Video Hits
2000 House of Yes: Live from the House of Blues
2001 Keys to Ascension
2001 Yes: Live - 1975 at Q.P.R.
2002 Symphonic Live
2004 Yesspeak
2004 Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss
2005 Songs from Tsongas
2007 Live at Montreux 2003
2008 Classic Artists: Yes
2008 Yesspeak Live: The Director's Cut

 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 11:58 PM
looks like they've had a a lot of releases but no studio album since 2001. any reason behind that or do they take their time now?
 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 12:15 AM
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looks like they've had a a lot of releases but no studio album since 2001. any reason behind that or do they take their time now?

They have had pretty good success with DVD sales. I haven't seen the band live since the 90125 tour 25 yrs. ago. The 2004 DVD Yes Acoustic is excellent.

 

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looks like they've had a a lot of releases but no studio album since 2001. any reason behind that or do they take their time now?

They have had pretty good success with DVD sales. I haven't seen the band live since the 90125 tour 25 yrs. ago. The 2004 DVD Yes Acoustic is excellent.


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I think this is the singer in the tribute band :


Close To The Edge - Classic Yes 71-74 (1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3BFuxBayxg

Close To The Edge - Classic Yes 71-74 (2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSfIYzYZm6U&feature=related


Close To The Edge - Classic Yes 71-74 (3)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_4KPu7Od24&feature=related

I don't care much for the prancing around he does.

[Edited on 10/1/2008 by OldDirtRoad]

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 05:32 AM
the only thing i have by YES is The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection . did the band choose the songs for it? seems odd "love will find a way" isn't on there when it was a big hit and still played a lot on mylocal classic rock station
 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 07:06 AM
All of the musicians in Yes are first-string players. Not to dis anybody, but I doubt that there are more proficient players anywhere.

No, Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman will not be present. Yes has toured with several other keyboardists, all of whom had the chops. Jon's absence will be felt, but I don't think Squire, Howe and White would go out with an inferior vocalist.

No studio recording for 7 years? Preposterous! How could ANY band ignore their fanbase like this?

The show scheduled for Atlanta is in a much smaller venue than Yes typically plays. I know that I'll be there! Wouldn't miss it for anything!

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 07:13 AM
I was in on the Toronto and Hamilton shows until I heard of Jon Andersen's absence. Here is what he has to say about things on his web site:

"Not Yes"

September 18, 2008

Disappointed, and very Disrespected

Disappointed that, with the exception of one phone call from Alan, none of the guys have been in touch since my illness, just to find out how I am doing, and how we will foresee the future for YES. And disappointed that they were not willing to wait till 2009 when I’m fully recovered.

And I feel very disrespected, having spent most of this year creating songs and constant ideas for the band, spending time with Roger Dean creating a stage design, also working with VH1 and Sirius and XM Radio to help promote the welfare of YES.

Getting sick was not "on my radar”, and I thank my own angel Janeee and my family for helping me through this difficult time, and the many well wishers, friends and fans alike, for understanding that ''things happen''.

Of course I wish the guys all the best in their 'solo' work, but I just wish this could have been done in a more gentlemanly fashion. After all YES is a precious musical band.

This is not YES on tour...

I send best wishes to one and all,



Jon Anderson
September 2008

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 07:18 AM
Wow! I didn't realize Jon was ... bitter like this. I hate that he feels hurt or disrespected in any way.

But doesn't he realize that the other musicians have a right (if not a need) to go out and perform the music that they helped to create? It's not like they FAXed him a pink slip or anything. I'm sure that when his health is restored that he will be the vocalist on future Yes tours.

Best wishes and get-well vibes to Jon Anderson - possibly the finest vocalist (outside of the Allman Brother's Band) in the world!

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 07:24 AM
Methinks there may be more to this however, with the history of the band wouldn't ya think that the rest of the band could have waited a few months to tour with Anderson?

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All of the musicians in Yes are first-string players. Not to dis anybody, but I doubt that there are more proficient players anywhere.

No, Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman will not be present. Yes has toured with several other keyboardists, all of whom had the chops. Jon's absence will be felt, but I don't think Squire, Howe and White would go out with an inferior vocalist.

No studio recording for 7 years? Preposterous! How could ANY band ignore their fanbase like this?

The show scheduled for Atlanta is in a much smaller venue than Yes typically plays. I know that I'll be there! Wouldn't miss it for anything!


i get the hint there about other bands not releasing a studio album, i don't follow YES that much so i was just asking are they working on one? did they say they won't release another one?

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 07:47 AM
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Methinks there may be more to this however, with the history of the band wouldn't ya think that the rest of the band could have waited a few months to tour with Anderson?

Just a thought


Actually the history of the band makes me think they would act as they have. They will drop and add people at will. I have met a few of them and let's just say that they are unique personalities. This really doesn't suprise me.

The singer they picked up is very good at sounding like Jon.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 07:52 AM
On May 13, 2008, Anderson suffered a severe asthma attack which required a stay in the hospital. According to Yes' website, he is "currently at home and resting comfortably." Yes' planned summer 2008 tour was subsequently cancelled, with the press release saying, "Jon Anderson was admitted to the hospital last month after suffering a severe asthma attack. He has now been diagnosed with acute respiratory failure and was told by doctors this weekend that he needs to rest and not work for a period of at least six months or suffer further health complications."

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 07:53 AM
Well in this case I will wait for the real thing as I have seen many versions of the band but all had JA in it and they are not getting my 100 dollars this time.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 08:01 AM
You know, if you've read about the early years of Yes you know that Jon Anderson never thought twice about replacing players at a moments notice if he could find a better player. If I had my choice of seeing Yes with or without Jon, I'd certainly go with WITH. It seems like the rest of the band have refrained from calling this a Yest tour (at least now they are). Anybody remember Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe? That was basically Yes without the other founding member, Chris Squire. I don't remember that outfit receiving anywhere near this type of flak from their fans.

I'll go when Jon re-joins the band. I'll go see this show, too!

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 08:02 AM
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Well in this case I will wait for the real thing as I have seen many versions of the band but all had JA in it and they are not getting my 100 dollars this time.


I agree, it's more like a Yes cover band without Jon.

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 08:11 AM
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You know, if you've read about the early years of Yes you know that Jon Anderson never thought twice about replacing players at a moments notice if he could find a better player. If I had my choice of seeing Yes with or without Jon, I'd certainly go with WITH. It seems like the rest of the band have refrained from calling this a Yest tour (at least now they are). Anybody remember Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe? That was basically Yes without the other founding member, Chris Squire. I don't remember that outfit receiving anywhere near this type of flak from their fans.

I'll go when Jon re-joins the band. I'll go see this show, too!



As I said, I have seen every configuration of Yes with Jon Anderseon in the band. While I agree the door has been a revolving one over the years, JA has been the constant for me. It is the sound of the band and I am a drummer! Anyway, to each his own. Enjoy the show.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 08:18 AM
I remember thinking the same when I went to the Drama tour. It isn't Yes......but I was wrong. The show was awesome and even though they had two guys from the Buggles it was still very good. One stuck with the band and the other produced for them. Not bad for fill-ins.

That is one element that I would enjoy. Songs from drama being played again. It has been a while.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 08:21 AM
It should still be an excellent show IMO......

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 08:27 AM
I am sorry to hear Jon is disappointed, but there are couple things here.

#1) He is the reason they haven't done an album since 2001 and not toured since 2004. The other guys have all made it clear that they wanted to do so.

#2) Being sick was not on their radar either, so I think they are carrying on and from what I've read from them, they are not calling this Yes, it's Yes-related, but not necessarily yes.

Also they even said that they're not "replacing" Jon and this is temporary. The wish him well. He's just going to be coming back to a tighter band when he's better. I mean, I think they just want to keep working.

One last thing, Jon was reported as having upper respitory failure, which is very serious. In fact it can be fatal, so he might NOT be fully recovered by 09. Although I'm sure we all hope he is.

 
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