Jaunt to go ahead with tribute singer Benoit David

Yes have announced details of their upcoming North American tour, with the first show of the outing taking place November 4 in Hamilton, Ontario.

The band will tour with Yes tribute-band singer Benoit David, after original singer Jon Anderson became ill with a respiratory illness earlier this year, forcing the cancellation of the 40th Anniversary tour.

Last week Anderson wrote an angry blog responding to the news that the band had hired David for the tour, saying he was disappointed that they could not wait for his recovery before embarking on the tour.

“[I am] disappointed that, with the exception of one phone call from Alan [White] , 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,” he wrote.

“And [I am] disappointed that they were not willing to wait till 2009 when I’m fully recovered,” he continued. “Getting sick was not ‘on my radar’.”

The band stated that David is a temporary replacement and that they hope to have Anderson back with the group next year.

The tour dates are as follows:

Hamilton, Ontario Hamilton Place Theatre (November 4)

Toronto, Ontario Massey Hall (5)

Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (7)

Williamsport, PA Community Arts Center (8)

Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena (9)

Hershey, PA Hershey Theater (11)

Columbus, OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (12)

New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom (14)

Asbury Park, NJ Paramount Theatre (15)

Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live! (16)

Reading, PA Sovereign PAC (18)

Richmond, VA The National (19)

Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Casino Event Center (21)

Westbury, NY Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury (22)

Albany, NY Times Union Center (23)

Cleveland, OH House of Blues (25)

Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit (26)

Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre (28)

Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre (29)

Bloomington, IL US Cellular Coliseum (30)

St. Louis, MO The Pageant (December 2)

Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre (3)

Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues (6)

Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle (7)

Louisville, KY Palace Theatre (9)

Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium (10)

Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live (14)

Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall (16)

Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Casino (17)

–By our New York staff.

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