Rock band Yes finds fill-in lead singer Benoit David on YouTube

Oct 31, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: USA Today

Added to the lineup: Tribute band member Benoit David was asked to substitute in Yes, which will tour under the name In the Present.

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Paul Yuellig

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Nov 14, 2008
 
In the Summer of 1971, I was constructing a martin house (birdhouse) modeled after the Empire State Building. Upon stopping my table saw, I heard the radio playing a unique and beautiful record...the sound of a double-stringed instrument...it turned out to be the intro to "Your Move". I immediately put down my work and drove to the record store and bought The Yes Album. "This is the music I've waited for all of my life", I said to myself. I've been a Yes lover ever since that day.
As a musician, I fully understand how it is that Chris Squire & Steve Howe have decided to hire Benoit David as Jon Anderson's replacement during his illness. The guy is almost dead-on (he is dead-on) the voice of Anderson. So, in the time it takes for Jon to get his health back (if that day ever comes), why not keep the band playing and their music in the public's ear? These musicians have got to play. You might as well try to push back the ocean with a string mop...it's inevitable. The music builds up, just like any other human urge and it has to come out; it has to be released. So, those who criticize Yes for this replacement haven't really thought it through, like a musician would. Fish gotta swim; birds gotta fly....
Wild Wally

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Listen...Bach still sounds good, so does Bethoven and all the other classics...YES is classic. Jon is challenged with his respiratory issue. Their music is timeless and their note will continue long past most musicians from this era. They are not too old, or outdated, it is such a pleasure to know the music Jon Anderson and the other musician's efforts will carry on as we go forward

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