We are now learning that the “unspecified medical reasons” that put a halt to the current Yes tour are due to some type of problem that bassist and most-enduring member Chris Squire is experiencing with his leg. The condition required emergency surgery.
Some reports are indicating that there was a blood clot in Squire’s leg, which would make sense, since those types of things can result in a a life-threatening situation. Recent word indicates that Squire is expected to make a full recovery. Alan White was reportedly on a Seattle radio station recently providing some information about Squire’s condition.
As for the tour, the plans for any make-up dates are said to be uncertain, although there has also been some talk of the group doing some shows this summer with Asia opening for them. Asia and Yes seem like a good combination, so it sounds like an interesting possibility.
Squire’s health problems are not a good sign for future tour plans, but it’s certainly not a indication that the long-enduring progressive rockers are ready to hang it up just yet. If both Squire and frontman Jon Anderson recover fully from their medical problems, perhaps there is still hope for a Yes tour featuring a more complete line-up.
Anderson indicated a while back that he feared for the group’s demise if they did not work up some fresh material, so there may be some internal differences to work out before we see another tour fronted by Anderson.