Posted in music | tour dates on September 24, 2008

Benoit David
Benoit

...the classic YES line-up of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White will launch the "In The Present" tour starting November 4th in Hamilton, Ontario, marking yet another chapter in the art-rockers' amazing, 40-year career of legendary live performances. The three will be joined by keyboardist Oliver Wakeman, the son of YES' Rick Wakeman, and vocalist Benoit David, a Montreal, Quebec, native and vocalist in several YES tribute groups, who was discovered by the band on the Internet....

....YES postponed plans for a 40th anniversary Close to the Edge and Back tour in June, when vocalist Jon Anderson suffered a severe asthma attack and was diagnosed with acute respiratory failure. Commented Squire: "This isn't an attempt to replace Jon Anderson, because as we all know, that would be impossible. With Benoit, we are bringing in a talented singer so that we can go out and honor the music of YES for the fans who have waited for the past four years to see us perform."

"Yes" has a NYC show scheduled at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets on sale Saturday.

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Comments (29)

Yes...? NO.

Posted by Jon Anderson | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM

yo! this is really not cool! dont do this

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:26 PM

Ummm

Maybe Yes should go on tour with Why?.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM

Is Trevor Horn alive?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:30 PM

RUDY!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:30 PM

you say you don't want to chance it,
you'be been hurt so before.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM

Trevor Horn was a bad idea.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM

does the lead singer from yes sound like the lead singer from built to spill?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM

Yes sucks- they've become new age versions of the prog rock that defined them.

why didn't BV post about Rush when they were on tour? Rush is the rocking-est prog rock band EVER!!

2112!!!
Geddy Lee Rules

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM

"why didn't BV post about Rush when they were on tour? "

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2008/01/rush_2008_tour.html

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:34 PM

^cause yes are way better than rush.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:47 PM

interesting... from jon anderson's site:

http://jonanderson.com/news.html

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

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:47 PM

Oooo it sounds like someone is the owner of a lonely heart!

Posted by greg | September 25, 2008 9:00 AM

Anon 10:47 PM, thanks for posting that.

This is totally not cool.

Posted by Kurt C. | September 25, 2008 9:01 AM

Rush is an awful band.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 9:04 AM

Rush sucks. Yes rules.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 9:29 AM

Any 'Yes vs. Rush' arguments should be taken to the back of the arcade - some of us are trying to play Battlezone over here.

Posted by greg | September 25, 2008 9:34 AM

the yes bbc recordings are unbelievable. so is a lot of the other older stuff. owner of a lonely heart...not so much.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 9:51 AM

I guess they figured that it worked for Journey. Too bad. I'm not a big fan, but Anderson's voice is part of that band's signature.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:26 AM

if Rush sucks (and they don't) then yes is the worst attempt at calling anything music at all.
do your homework, hipsters.
just b/c Rush is more popular (radio-play, record sales, et al) than Yes, doesn't mean you have to champion the shittier band b/c more people like the other.

Listen to "Red Barchetta" or "YYZ" and tell me that it's awful- i got more than a few awful Yes albums to unload on you facial-hair phonies.
I bet you just looovvee the output in the 80's.
Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, and whatever the fuck.

Don't talk about prog rock if you have no clue.
Rush, ELP, and King Crimson rule. But Yes...? NO!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:25 PM

don't fuck with Rush

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:35 PM

David Hasselhoff singing for Yes?? Sign me up!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:03 PM

Michael, would look drive us the roundabout way past the heart of the sunrise?

Posted by K.I.T.T. | September 25, 2008 1:22 PM

Rush were so ahead of their time they even predicted Obama-mania:

"No his mind is not for rent
to any god or government
always hopeful yet discontent
he know changes aren't permanent-
But Change IS..."

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:33 PM

the comment directly above just made me throw up in my mouth a little

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 4:36 PM

they should get the lead singer from built to spill.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 9:39 PM

King Crimson were the best of the Prog bunch..hands down..

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:03 PM

yes were a much better band than rush they copied yes alot

Posted by paul quinn | October 26, 2008 5:46 AM

such childish opinions both YES& RUSH are exellent bands in their own wright.

Posted by ken | January 10, 2009 12:36 PM

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