Iconic progressive rock band Yes has released the initial itinerary for its newly rescheduled 40th anniversary tour. So far 29 dates have been set, starting with the November 4 opener at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, ON, and continuing through December 17 at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Miami, FL.
The first leg of the In the Present Tour, which is expected to stretch into 2009, includes a November 14 gig at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY, and a December 3 show at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL. Yes is also slated to play a second Canadian date on November 5 at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON.
The band, which cancelled plans for a summer anniversary tour after lead singer Jon Anderson was diagnosed with acute respiratory failure, announced earlier this month that the tour would go on — without Anderson. After reportedly spotting his video on YouTube and calling him in for an audition, the band stated that Yes tribute band singer Benoit David would fill-in.
At the time, bassist Chris Squire said in a statement on the band’s Web site, “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.”
Squire went on to state that he hoped Anderson would rejoin the Yes tour in 2009 after completing his six-month recovery.
However, in a September 18 post on his solo Web site, Anderson cried foul. He described himself as “disappointed and very disrespected,” stating that his band mates had not consulted him on the move.
“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,” Anderson wrote.
He had hoped they would wait until 2009 to tour with him, especially since he spent the past year generating ideas for the tour and marketing the band. “Getting sick was not ‘on my radar,” the singer wrote, thanking friends and family for their support.
Though Anderson wished his band mates well with their solo projects, he ended the post with a definitive statement: “This is not Yes on tour….”
(Dates subject to change.)
|November 4||Hamilton, ON||Hamilton Place Theatre|
|November 5||Toronto, ON||Massey Hall|
|November 7||Hampton Beach, NH||Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom|
|November 8||Williamsport, PA||Community Arts Center|
|November 9||Uncasville, CT||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|November 11||Hershey, PA||Hershey Theater|
|November 12||Columbus, OH||LC Pavilion|
|November 14||New York, NY||Hammerstein Ballroom|
|November 15||Asbury Park, NJ||Paramount Theater|
|November 16||Baltimore, MD||Rams Head|
|November 18||Reading, PA||Sovereign PAC|
|November 19||Richmond, VA||The National|
|November 21||Atlantic City, NJ||Borgata Casino Event Center|
|November 22||Westbury, NY||Theatre at Westbury|
|November 23||Albany, NY||Times Union Center|
|November 25||Cleveland, OH||House of Blues|
|November 26||Detroit, MI||The Fillmore Detroit|
|November 28||Cincinnati, OH||Taft Theatre|
|November 29||Milwaukee, WI||Riverside Theatre|
|November 30||Bloomington, IL||US Cellular Coliseum|
|December 2||St. Louis, MO||The Pageant|
|December 3||Chicago, IL||The Chicago Theatre|
|December 6||Myrtle Beach, SC||House of Blues|
|December 7||Atlanta, GA||The Tabernacle|
|December 9||Louisville, KY||Palace Theatre|
|December 10||Nashville, TN||Ryman Auditorium|
|December 14||Orlando, FL||Hard Rock Live|
|December 16||Clearwater, FL||Ruth Eckerd Hall|
|December 17||Miami, FL||Seminole Hard Rock Casino|