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Yes relaunch tour with understudy

Chris Squire and Jon Anderson of Yes, pictured in 2004
Squire and Anderson are all that remain from the original Yes line-up

Rock band Yes are to resurrect their previously cancelled tour with a tribute band singer from Montreal in place of their indisposed front man.

Jon Anderson was ordered to rest for six months after being diagnosed with respiratory failure in June.

His shoes will be filled by Benoit David when Yes's In the Present tour begins in November in Ontario, Canada.

"I think it's all going to work out fine," bassist Chris Squire told the Associated Press.

"Of course there's an element of risk, but there always is," he continued.


Squire contacted David after seeing a clip of his tribute band, Close to the Edge, on video sharing website YouTube.

"The first thing he said to me was, 'I'm looking around to see where the cameras are,'" said the bass player.

"You can't ever really replace Jon Anderson because he's been such a force in the music business," Squire continued.

"We look upon his replacement as more of an understudy."

Yes, who topped the US charts in 1983 with Owner of a Lonely Heart, had been due to begin their 40th anniversary tour on 12 July.

The British band has undergone various line-up changes since its launch in 1968.

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