Friday, February 20, 2009

Yes Men Cancel Tour, Retire

Yes has officially cancelled its entire 40th anniversary tour due to emergency surgery Chris Squire needed on his leg last week. Originally the band was going to cancel part of the tour but now the whole thing is dust, according to an email I got from Yesworld:

The "In The Present Tour," featuring Yes' Steve Howe, Chris Squire,and Alan White, is cancelling the remaining scheduled shows. Founding Yes member, Chris Squire, underwent surgery on his leg on February 11, 2009. The operation was successful and Chris is on his way to a full recovery. However, Chris has been advised by his physician that he needs a one month rest period, hence the reason for the cancellation of the rest of the tour dates.

Another former Yes-man doesn't need a doctor's note to get off the road. Joining Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson as Yessirs who are grounded is founding drummer Bill Bruford, who voluntarily took himself off the road with a formal retirement announcement late last month.

An article in All About Jazz reported the news, quoting Bruford as saying, "41 years of me is quite enough for anybody, and especially me!" He still intends to record in the studio, though. Maybe he, Anderson and Wakeman can email MP3s to each other and we'll get another Union. Let's hope not!

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