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On their new album, Fly From Here, the Tribute Becomes the Real Thing

Yes Benoît David was repairing a raccoon-damaged boat on the St. Lawrence River in June 2008 when he got the call that would change his life. Little did he know that the 14 years he’d spent singing in a tribute band to progressive-rock pioneers Yes had been, in a sense, one very long audition. On his cellphone was bassist Chris Squire, asking him to tour with Yes itself.

The band’s singer, Jon Anderson, had been sidelined with a serious asthma attack, and they needed someone to step in for their 40th anniversary tour. However, Squire wanted to make sure of one thing first: not that David could fit the role — this was clear from the YouTube footage the bassist had seen — but that he didn’t have “lead singer syndrome.”

— Story continues at The National Post


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