Classic prog-rock group Yes is continuing the In the Present Tour with a new North American leg of dates in winter 2009. Vocalist Benoit...

Classic prog-rock group Yes is continuing the In the Present Tour with a new North American leg of dates in winter 2009. Vocalist Benoit David will resume his duties as the stand-in for original frontman Jon Anderson.

The new round of dates begins with February 5-6 sets at Teatro Metropolitan in Del. Cuahtemoc, MEX, and concludes March 3 at Table Mountain Casino in Friant, CA. The nearly 20-city outing will focus on the western states with a single show in Canada on February 15 at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC.

Highlights include a February 12 concert at Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO, a February 18 gig at Moore Theater in Seattle, WA, a February 27 set at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA, and a March 2 performance at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

When Yes decided to begin its tour without Anderson, who was sidelined due to acute respiratory failure earlier in the year, fans and critics wondered if the tour would be successful.

Anderson himself took offense to the revised touring plans. In a September statement on his Web site, the vocalist stated, “This is not Yes on tour,” and described himself as “disappointed and very disrespected.”

However, Rolling Stone declared the Montreal, QC-based David an adequate stand-in, stating that he was able to “expertly mimic the impossibly high-pitched vocals of original singer Jon Anderson.” And despite lacking the entire original line-up, the entertainment magazine said the new Yes concert experience was “close enough” and “sounded as majestic as ever.”

In a statement on the upcoming tour, bassist Chris Squire commented, “This is turning out to be one of the best performing line-ups in Yes’ storied history. It feels like we’re rediscovering these songs all over again, playing them ‘In the Present,’ as if for the very first time.”

In addition to David and Squire, Yes’ current touring lineup includes original members Steve Howe and Alan White, along with keyboardist Oliver Wakeman, the son of Yes’ Rick Wakeman.

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Yes itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

February 5 – 6 Del. Cuauhtemoc, MEX Teatro Metropolitan
February 9 Houston, TX House of Blues
February 10 Dallas, TX House of Blues
February 12 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
February 14 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
February 15 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
February 17 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
February 18 Seattle, WA Moore Theater
February 19 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
February 21 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
February 22 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
February 24 San Diego, CA House of Blues
February 25 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
February 27 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
February 28 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
March 2 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
March 3 Friant, CA Table Mountain Casino