These days the first thing a Yes fan probably asks when hearing about a tour is, “Who’s in the band this time?” The legendary prog rockers have had more than their share of personnel changes over the year and lately have been touring without the band’s singer / co-founder Jon Anderson.
Respiratory problems forced Anderson to bow out of a 2008 tour. Since then Canadian Benoît David has been subbing for the Yes-man, displaying a voice so similar to Anderson’s that it’s scary. But then, he had plenty of practice before taking Anderson’s place, mostly as the lead singer of Canadian Yes tribute band Close To The Edge.
Other than David, the current Yes lineup features co-founder Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan White with Rick Wakeman’s son, Oliver, playing keyboards.
The tour begins Feb. 4 in Concord, N.H., at the Capitol Center For The Arts. From there the band heads to Jim Thorpe, Pa., for a gig at Penn’s Peak, and plays Washington, D.C., at Warner Theatre Feb. 6.
Other cities on the schedule include Atlantic City (Feb. 12), New York (Feb. 13-14), Cleveland (Feb. 17), Houston (Feb. 24), Orlando (Feb. 27) and Boca Raton (Feb. 28).
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