This month classic rockers Yes have dismissed Canadian vocalist Benoit David due to health issues. At press time, founding member Chris Squire announced Jon Davidson of Glass Hammer as his replacement. In a statement, David will continue to record and perform with his Canadian band Mystery once his health improves. In late summer of 2011, he added vocals to Mystery's forthcoming album 'The World Is A Game' – which is at the final stages of mixing and will be available in the near future.
"As you all know, the final three shows of last year's European tour were cancelled due to my ill health'" David said in the statement. "On my return to Canada, I was advised to cease touring, for the foreseeable future, in order to avoid further damage to my voice. Following this extremely disappointing diagnosis, I had no alternative but to inform my fellow band members that I was unable to confirm my availability for, at least, the forthcoming concerts in New Zealand, Australia and Japan."
"Although there was no alternative, I did so with a heavy heart as I felt that I was letting everyone down especially those who have supported me since I had the privilege of becoming the band's vocalist in 2008. The band members were all very understanding and asked if I would mind being replaced for the April shows – I immediately agreed that this would be the best way forward and gave them my blessing. I was then pleased to learn that Jon Davison would be my replacement as he is an accomplished musician with a fine voice."