Yes Shuffle the Lineup, Embark on Summer Tour
Yes have announced a North American summer tour this year that will take the group around the United States and include one gig in Mexico. For the first time, the legendary London group will be fronted by new singer Jon Davison.
The 23-date tour will kick off July 13 at the Tropicana Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., and will run through August 21 when the band performs their only non-U.S. date at the Pepsi Center in Mexico City. In between, the band will hit cities including Lewiston, N.Y.; Bethlehem, Penn.; St. Augustine, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; Denver; San Jose, Calif.; San Diego and Las Vegas.
Davison joins the group after being discovered fronting a Yes cover band. He will be playing with the classic lineup of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White. Davison also fronts the Tennessee prog-rock band Glass Hammer and replaces Benoit David, who had been with the group since 2008. David also had been discovered as the singer in a Yes cover band.
Original singer Jon Anderson was replaced by David in 2008 after Anderson began experiencing breathing problems and was then diagnosed with acute respiratory failure. The group was set to begin a 40th Anniversary tour before Anderson’s illness put plans on hold.
Yes first formed in 1968 in London, and released their self-titled debut the following year. They became one of the defining members of the prog-rock movement in the early 1970s, penning now classic albums like Fragile and Close to the Edge. Since that time, the group has toured and released albums on a relatively consistent basis.
The group’s most recent album, Fly From Here, was released in 2011 and featured David on vocals. The album marked the group’s 20th studio album, and their first since 2001. The album peaked at number 36 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.