Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I was wondering how Jon Anderson felt about his bandmates Chris Squire, Alan White and Steve Howe touring with an "understudy" as Yes.

Well, he's let his feelings known on his website. His post is called "Disappointed, and Very Disrepected." He basically says that only Alan called him to see how he was doing after he fell ill, and that no one asked him his opinion about thier decision to tour without him.

There's been two other times where Yes sort of went on without Jon when he quit. In 1980, Jon quit the band and was replaced by Trevor Horn of The Buggles (later to become a big-name producer) for the album Drama. I have a friend who cites it as his favorite Yes album, but really it didn't work. The band toured, but tickets went on sale before the album came out, and in that pre-internet era, people weren't aware that Jon wasn't in the band. It didn't go over well, and after one tour, Yes broke up.

He quit again in 1988, and the band tried to go on without Jon: from what I've heard, they were going to have guitarist Trevor Rabin sing; they started working with singer/multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood (who would briefly join the band about a decade later); or that Roger Hodgson of Supertramp was working with them. Ultimately, none of that happened, and Jon rejoined when Yes and Anderson Bruford Wakeman & Howe "merged."

There are two people you absolutely need to have Yes: one is Chris Squire and the other is Jon Anderson. But tickets are about to go on sale for this farce. I LOVE Yes. But I won't be buying tickets for this nonsense. Guys, cancel it, say your apologies to Jon, and hit the road in 2009. Or whenever Jon's ready. This is a bad idea. There was talk a while ago of a tour that would be Chris Squire touring with his pre-Yes band, The Syn (Alan White would play drums even though he wasn't in the group), Alan touring with his band White which would also include former Yes and current Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes, and Steve Howe doing solo acoustic sets. Then, they'd all get together and perform songs from Drama. The tour was cancelled, the reason that was given was that someone had visa problems. But now the same guys are touring, but using the Yes name. Not cool. Call it "Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan White." But not Yes.

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