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Legendary rock band YES announced today that the group will unfortunately be canceling their 2008 40th Anniversary Tour. The 26-city tour was scheduled to kick off in Quebec next month and run through the summer. Yes was scheduled to play at Nikon At Jones Beach Theater on July 26th and PNC Bank Arts Center on July 28th.

Said Jon Anderson, "In the wake of my recent respiratory attack, doctors have advised me to spend the coming months resting and recovering. Unfortunately, this means I won't be able to tour with Yes this summer as originally planned. I'd like everyone know how deeply disappointed I am by this turn of events. I was looking forward to celebrating our music with the amazing family of Yes fans once again; but as we all know, health must come before anything else. Wishing you all the very best..."

Said Chris Squire, "We were all looking forward to performing for our fans after a prolonged leave of absence from touring. I am especially regretful of the fact that I know many of our fans and friends have probably laid out non-refundable airfares and hotels, etc. in order to enjoy the Yes shows this summer. Please join me in wishing Jon a speedy return to health, which at this point in time is our main concern."

Yes frontman and founding member 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. Upon receiving this news the band has determined that their tour plans need to be put on hold.

Ticket refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

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Comments (35)

Ha!

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 9:14 AM

I was gonna go. Fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 9:16 AM

God does exist....

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 9:25 AM

while the health issues of someone are never something to joke about...all that aside, i have always HATED this band with a deep dear and honest passion. happy thursday!

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 9:46 AM

I love Yes (for all their occasional taste mistakes), a great band in their day. This sad story makes me wonder why they (and other bands) still keep trying to keep going, well into their tales from octogenarian oceans years, and why fans keep buying into it.
Come on, it's a young man's game - too old is too old.

Posted by schlep | June 5, 2008 9:56 AM

schlep
why because back in the day they didn't make the money they can make now.

two why is it that musicians in rock are given this you are too old crap. You never hear that about jazz or classical musicians or anyone in any other profession. Schlep what do you do for a living maybe you should retire cause your 40.


Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 10:01 AM

yeah, the old line from schlep is bullshit. it doesn't apply to classical,jazz or blues...so it sure shouldn't apply to rock, which arguably steals from the aforementioned genres. besides, when the black lips are old, they'll still be ripping up the stage and peeing on each other. and nobody will ever be able to tell how old dafty punkers are so rock on brahhz.

Posted by captbeefheart | June 5, 2008 10:06 AM

How can you talk down on a band with such a long and accomplished history? Yes - "Relayer" is one of my favorite albums. Go listen to Atlas Sound you LOSERS!

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 10:08 AM

nobody was ripping down atlas sound you dumbass.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 10:13 AM

two words...Trevor Horn

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 10:18 AM

>why because back in the day they didn't make the money they can make now.

or, maybe, they just enjoy playing in a band together.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 10:41 AM

two words...Corran Horn

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 10:43 AM

They should've found another singer to take Jon Anderson's place... say, Daft Punk.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 10:50 AM

dafty punkers to the rescue!!! i always thought the problem with yes was they were missing out on that glorious electric twang of the telecaster.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 11:03 AM

thanks the lord this isnt happening

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 11:07 AM

Yes is brutal. I am glad to have seen them in their heyday: 1998 at Jones Beach.

Posted by Anonymouse | June 5, 2008 11:08 AM

i only wish chris squire's brother, if in name only, billy, would go back on tour. i wanna hear 'stroke me' one more time.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 11:10 AM

1998 was Yes' heyday?

Maybe 1978, friendo.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 11:11 AM

Sorry folks who were offended by that "too old" crack - wasn't meant maliciously.
I just think there IS a difference between performing rock and jazz-classical-etc music.
Sure they can still play the notes -
I'll retire now.

Posted by schlep | June 5, 2008 11:19 AM

"1998 was Yes' heyday?

Maybe 1978, friendo."

Sorry, forgot my trusty [sarcastic][/sarcastic] brackets.

Posted by Anonymouse | June 5, 2008 11:46 AM

YES!

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 11:53 AM

without the yes show to go to, i'm the owner of a lonely heart.

thanks, i'll be here all week.

Posted by aviatrix | June 5, 2008 12:05 PM

"without the yes show to go to, i'm the owner of a lonely heart."

Much better than an owner of a broken heart.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 12:13 PM

"The Yes Album" is one of the greatest albums in rock history.

King's X at the Stone Pony went on sale today and they are also playing The Fillmore. Why no Brooklyn Vegan love for one of the most underrated bands ever!

Posted by Yesman | June 5, 2008 1:10 PM

City of Love (track 8 on 1983's 90125) rocks like Helmet with its two-chord punch. Paige Hamilton should consider covering this excellent, heavy tune.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 1:50 PM

>thanks the lord this isnt happening

yeah, thank the lord a show that i had no plans to go to, that would have not affected me in any way, and would have been a great night out for hundreds/thousands of Yes fans isn't happening.

wha???

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 2:10 PM

>[sarcastic][/sarcastic]


yep

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 2:26 PM

>

That post was hilarious, and you didn't understand it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 2:40 PM

Jon Anderson: "Meterologists have advised me to hide, since in and around the lake, mountains come out of the sky. And we stand there!"

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 3:11 PM

His name is Billy SQUIER, not Squire.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 3:31 PM

"They should've found another singer to take Jon Anderson's place"

John Anderson (the country singer)!

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 4:19 PM

don't forget, red house painters covered a Yes song and it was beautiful.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 5:44 PM

And the song is called THE STROKE, not stroke me.

Amateur.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2008 2:51 AM

real reason for tour cancellation: he partied just a bit too hard on the school of rock tour.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2008 8:47 AM

dudes... have you ever seen these guys live? it will blow your mind. if you've never seen Yes live - and you're unfortunately missing them this time around - you've totally missed out on a bomb-ass musical explosion. there is nothing like a yes show, except maybe a dead show. and in all probability, the yes show would be better.

Posted by eric | September 24, 2008 9:43 PM

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