YES (the band) & YouTube

The band Yes is starting a planned 40th-anniversary tour next week. They band had problem as bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White, needed to find a replacement for singer Jon Anderson whose respiratory ailments were going to force a cancellation of the tour. Time was a problem as The North American tour launched on November 4, in Hamilton, Ontario. The first U.S. date is November 7 in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. The soft search began two weekends ago, they started trolling YouTube where they found 42 year old, Benoit David singing with his group, a Yes cover band named Close to the Edge. He agreed to help out the band understanding he would not be a replacement for Jon Anderson. The original decision did not sit well with Jon Anderson who posted on his website an article expressing his disappointment. This has since been removed. The band rectified the problem by deciding also not to mislead anyone; they will tour under the name In the Present. So once again this displays the power of the Internet, and the power of YouTube. We laugh all the time at YouTube videos of garage bands pretending to be stars. Well it looks like Benoit David is laughing at us, as he will be touring as the front man of a band making real cash.


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