YES Cancels 40th Anniversary Tour

NEW YORK, NY, JUNE 4, 2008 -– Legendary rock band Yes announced today that the group will unfortunately be canceling their 2008 40th Anniversary Tour. The 26-city tour was scheduled to kick off in Quebec next month and run through the summer.

Said Jon Anderson, “In the wake of my recent respiratory attack, doctors have advised me to spend the coming months resting and recovering. Unfortunately, this means I won't be able to tour with Yes this summer as originally planned. I'd like everyone to know how deeply disappointed I am by this turn of events. I was looking forward to celebrating our music with the amazing family of Yes fans once again; but as we all know, health must come before anything else. Wishing you all the very best...”

Said Chris Squire, “We were all looking forward to performing for our fans after a prolonged leave of absence from touring. I am especially regretful of the fact that I know many of our fans and friends have probably laid out non-refundable airfares and hotels, etc. in order to enjoy the Yes shows this summer. Please join me in wishing Jon a speedy return to health, which at this point in time is our main concern.”

Yes frontman and founding member Jon Anderson was admitted to the hospital last month after suffering a severe asthma attack. He has now been diagnosed with acute respiratory failure and was told by doctors this weekend that he needs to rest and not work for a period of at least six months or suffer further health complications. Upon receiving this news the band has determined that their tour plans need to be put on hold.

Ticket refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

(from Yesworld.com)


Anonymous said...

Bring on the DRAMA-era lineup !!!

Merlinus said...

Melhoras para o Mago da Voz, Mr. Jon Anderson!

Rafael Nieto said...

even if Jon recovers his health, he may need asistance. maybe Trevor Horn, and/or Rabin and a shift on the concept/structure of a long tour: a double feature consisting of ASIA and YES West and CIRCA as opening act... with interchangable elements during the show, this way we could get a mayority of the 40 years of elements and they could provide a more relaxed performance. the video of cinema/owner of a lonely heart at the concert tribute to Trevor Horn shows my point.

Over Black Situation said...

I don't know why, but another union on yes always could be welcome..=)
I agree with Rafael.. =P