Friday, February 20, 2009

Yes Cancels Remaining Tour Dates Due To Chris Squire Surgery

In an update to what we reported earlier, after several canceled dates due to an ailing Chris Squire, Yes has called off the remaining portion of the band’s 2009 tour dates.

The following message was posted on the band’s Web site:

Chris [Squire] underwent surgery on his leg on February 11, 2009. The operation was successful and Chris is on his way to a full recovery. However, Chris has been advised by his physician that he needs a one month rest period, hence the reason for the cancellation of the rest of the tour dates.

As previously stated, Chris and the rest of the band wishes to apologize for any inconvenience that this might have caused to their fans and hopes to see them again soon.

Yes bassist Squire co-founded the band with lead singer Jon Anderson in 1968. The current tour, which started in 2008, was originally planned as the band’s 40th anniversary tour, but lead singer Anderson’s asthma problems forced that tour's postponement.

With Anderson on the disabled list, Yes turned to the singer of a Yes tribute band to handle vocals, Canadian Benoit David, a man whose voice sounded eerily close to Anderson’s original vocals.

But David wasn’t the only substitute on the tour. Rick Wakeman’s son, Oliver, was manning the keyboards in place of his father.

Ticket holders should seek refunds at point of purchase.

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