Chris Squire Reacts To Comments By Jon Anderson Regarding Yes Tour

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We learned recently that Yes frontman Jon Anderson was not feeling too happy about the news that the Yes 40th Anniversary tour will hit the road without him. The group has brought in a stand in for Anderson, who they are referring to as an “understudy.”

chris-squire In response to recent comments from Anderson, in which he said that he felt “disrespected,” fellow founding member and Yes bass player Chris Squire has responded to Anderson’s comments, and sounds like he wants to be sure that Anderson knows he is still considered a part of the group and hopes that he will be able to join them on a tour next year.

Squire, saying that he is “sad” to hear that Anderson is feeling badly about the turn of events and added, "We’ve been together longer than most marriages. Jon will always be a member of Yes. I hope he has a full recovery and that he can come back.”

Although Squire admits that he has not spoken with Anderson since he learned how Anderson was feeling about the situation, Squire did say he has been sending flowers and get well cards, and assumes that Anderson will be back in touch with his band mates when he is fully recovered.

Squire goes on to say that the communication between the group and Anderson regarding their plans to tour without him were conducted through their manager, which he felt was the best option at the time.

Another reason that the group decided to proceed without Anderson is the apparent uncertainty that he will ever recover enough to re-join the group.

“The Yes fan base in general has been very frustrated that Yes hasn’t been doing shows for four years," Squire says. "Of course I wish [Jon] a full recovery, and I hope he’ll be well enough to come back at a later date. On the other hand, this might not happen. So we decided to look into, in my own words, getting an understudy for him to fill in.”

Squire, the only member who has never left the group in its 40-year history, had some final words regarding the longevity of the band’s success, and summed it up by saying: "The thought of being in a band that would still be performing shows and making new music 40 years later was just not on the radar at all. But here we still are.”

The understudy, a singer with a Yes Tribute band from Canada called Close To The Edge, named Benoit David will join the group on tour starting on November 4th in Ontario.

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7 Comments

  1. steed October 2, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Thats goode.

  2. Tom October 2, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    So Yes is gonna change their name to Journey 2?

  3. Real Rock News October 2, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    That’s a good one.

    Thanks for the chuckle.

  4. Richard October 7, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Keep the Yes music going, Chris.

    I look forward to hearing the quintessential voice of Yes again, and soon I hope. Amd I know Mr. Squire does too.

    But in The Present, get out and play. Jon has toured the Yes songbook with other (School of Rock) players in the past year and a half, and this will be just as attractive for me–JUST PLAY YESMUSIC.

    I’ll be there. We’ll be there. Yesmusic in small venues will be a real treat. It will suppress the hunger, for a little while, for the fullness of Yes.

    So Jon, you need to get well, and Chris, you need to welcome your singer back when he’s ready. You each know what you need to do in the interest of yes, both its legacy and its future.

    That’s not the Journey way–don’t even compare these groups–that’s Yes. I have faith in all of you: Chris, Steve, Alan, and Jon, to make it work.

    The rest of us will enjoy the music. So make good, real good, music.

    Long live Yes!

  5. CD October 7, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I hope they will continue to bill themselves as Steve, Chris and Alan of Yes. As a long time fan, I am making the decision not to attend a Yes casino concert 50 miles from home and let the Red Rocks show of 2004 perhaps be my final memory of a live Yes show. The pain of Drama plays in the back of my mind.

    That will do pig.

  6. Harry B February 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Chris Squire is doing the right thing. We all have the same regard for Jon Anderson and really hope he returns (seen them a few times).
    Question is……would you rather not see YES, or see them? There are other people to consider apart from yourselves. Chris Squire etc. wishes to perform. Let him! Try the alternative….wait for Jon… somebody dies….. It’s all too late then. YES is a moving vehicle….always has been. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good. I saw ABWH. Chris Squire wasn’t there. Missed him at the start but grew to like Tony Levin. you just adapt and that is what YES are doing. The new lad is great. He is performing a GREAT service…enjoy him.

  7. Jeff July 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Just the fact that Chris communicates with Jon via the band manager speaks volumes! Can’t pick up the tele and check on your ol’ mate? Now they’re having conversations through public interviews. Game over man. Game over!

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