Iconic progressive rock band Yes has released the initial itinerary for its newly rescheduled 40th anniversary tour. So far 29 dates have been set,...

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….”

Yes itinerary:
(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