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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Yes front man Jon Anderson diagnosed with respiratory failure, tour cancelled
He has been described as “The Mystic as Troubadour”

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

TORONTO, CANADA (ANS) -- Jon Anderson, the mystic front man for legendary rock band Yes has been diagnosed with acute respiratory failure and is canceling the band's upcoming reunion tour, according to a story from The Canadian Press.

Jon Anderson

Anderson, 63, says doctors advised him not to work for at least six months, warning that he could suffer further health complications. The band had been preparing for a 26-city tour that was scheduled to kick off in Quebec next month.

“Anderson was admitted to hospital last month after suffering a severe asthma attack,” said The Canadian Press story.

“He says he's deeply disappointed by the turn of events and had been looking forward to the 40th anniversary tour.

“Bassist Chris Squire says he knows many fans and friends have bought non-refundable airfares and hotel stays but asked that they join him in wishing Anderson a speedy recovery.”

Concert promoter Live Nation says ticket refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

“I'd like everyone to know how deeply disappointed I am by this turn of events,” Anderson said Wednesday in a release.

“I was looking forward to celebrating our music with the amazing family of Yes fans once again; but as we all know, health must come before anything else.”

Yes on stage

Anderson and Squire were to be joined by guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White and Oliver Wakeman on keyboards. Wakeman's father is former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who had pulled out of the tour for health reasons.

In 2006, Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman, himself a committed Christian, did a UK tour together which was received with rave reviews by the critics and fans.

Tomás Howie writing under the headline “The Mystic as Troubadour” on the website, “Jon Anderson continues to surprise and please his army of fans worldwide with well produced, beautifully conceived albums that speak to the spirit and not to the flesh. He rarely descends to the baser lyric level of most of his contemporaries, preferring instead to show us the way to a higher spiritual plane.

“While Jon's religious beliefs border on the surreal, his ability to craft exciting music is virtually unequaled, and his energy seems to have no end. In Yes - his long-time vehicle - he is once again making challenging and inspiring music. The 1996 double-disc hybrid live/studio release Keys To Ascension featured old mates Squire, Howe, Wakeman, and White - a lineup considered by many to be the “classic” Yes line-up - showcased two new studio compositions ‘Be The One’ and ‘That, That Is’; the bulk of the two-disc set featured previously unreleased live material from a fans-only show recorded in California in May 1996.”

Jon Anderson, born John Roy Anderson on October 25, 1944, in Accrington, Lancashire, England, has worked with the Contemporary Christian music band 4HIM: in 1999, his vocal was featured on the song “The Only Thing I Need”, which appeared on a various artists CD entitled Streams.

Yes, whose hits include “I've Seen All Good People” and “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” previously released the album “Magnification” in 2001.

Dan Wooding, 67, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma of 44 years. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He was, for ten years, a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC. Wooding is the author of some 42 books, the latest of which is his autobiography, "From Tabloid to Truth", which is published by Theatron Books. To order a copy, go to

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