To recap: Yes were all set for a big 40th anniversary tour but they had to hit the hold button when Anderson was knocked out of commission with respiratory problems. Six months of rest, the doctors said. That was in June.
Then, a few weeks later, seemingly out of the blue, came the announcement that the tour was back on, but with a little known Yes cover band vocalist named Benoit David replacing Anderson.
Anderson made no secret of how he feels about this. He wrote on his website, "[W]ith the exception of one phone call from Alan [White, Yes drummer] none of the guys have been in touch since my illness, just to find out how I am doing, and how we will foresee the future for YES. [I'm] disappointed that they were not willing to wait till 2009 when I'm fully recovered."
He says he wishes "the guys" all the best, but, in Anderson's words, "This is not YES on tour."
Photo (Yes in 1978) courtesy Special Ops Media