MUSIC NEWS - Prog rockers YES has canceled all shows
thru February 24, 2009 on its' In the Present tour due to unspecified medical reasons. The band released a statement saying it is canceling shows through February 24 (San Diego, CA) due to an "unforeseen" medical reasons. It has been reported that bassist, Chris Squire had been rushed to a local Houston, TX hospital on Monday, February 9 and required surgery on his leg due to a blood clot. Currently, shows are due to resume on February 25 at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, AZ but watch for updates!
Lead singer, Jon Anderson was already absent from this tour after suffering a severe asthma attack in May 08. He was diagnosed with acute respiratory failure and was ordered by doctors to rest for at least six months. The other band members, Steve Howe, Alan White and Chris Squite decided to continue touring without Anderson's involvement using a Yes tribute band singer, Benoit David, as lead vocalist. Keyboardist, Oliver Wakeman has been with the group this tour (he's son of legendary rock keyboardist and YES member, Rick Wakeman).
UPDATE 4/15/09- Summer YES/ASIA tour announced !
UPDATE 2/19/09 - All remaining dates of the IN THE PRESENT tour have been cancelled. It has been officially acknowledged that Chris underwent successful leg surgery on February 11, but his recovery will require at least a month. Contact point of purchase location for refunds.