Originally Posted by JimWinVA
Oh- I guess you haven't kept up with the band- such a sad state... Howe, Squire and White tried to replace JA w/ a tribute band singer! Without going into the depressing details, suffice it to say that the current line-up is Yes in name only. Gone are the high standards of quality that previously defined the proud name; what remains is a cash-grabbing, uncaring atrocity that is a shameful way to end this once-celestial band. Stay away from the show unless you crave disappointment and don't mind tarnishing the memories you have of the magic that was Yes.
You're right, I guess I don't know the current state of the band. I found a picture of the lineup that is touring. Help me out here - besides Squire, Howe & White, should I know the other two members? I knew Anderson wasn't touring because of health issues, but a tribute band singer? I believe I read that Wakeman's son was also replaced. This would be depressing to have my last memory of seeing Yes, a former shadow of itself.
Edit: According to Wiki, after Benoit David replaced Anderson, "David was replaced by Glass Hammer vocalist Jon Davison who, like David, was discovered while fronting a Yes cover band." "Squire has stated that he is open to Anderson's return in the future..." Wow, so gracious to consider JA for a possible return!
Oliver Wakeman was replaced by the returning Geoff Downes. At least I recognized him as someone that played with Yes in the past, although Drama is hardly a favorite Yes album.
I would love to know what set list they are playing on this tour. If it's heavily weighted toward post-Going for the One, I have absolutely no interest. Maybe with this lineup without Anderson, I shouldn't be interested anyway. Bummer, I haven't seen them since the tour in '99 and was looking forward to some Yes magic.Edited by scolumbo - 6/27/12 at 2:27pm