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Yes Says No, Maybe

7/5/2007 5:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jon AndersonWho knew members of the band Yes were still around? And who would ask lead singer Jon Anderson to perform at a music school fundraiser in San Francisco?

Anderson was asked to perform at the PG School of Rock Music and agreed. Now he's backed out of the gig due to "health reasons." TMZ heard that the reason was that Jon's spiritual advisor told him not to perform until 2008, allegedly causing him to pull out of the Yes Reunion Tour as well. His advisor needs to tell Jon that no one cares!

We checked with Anderson's rep, who tells us that Jon pulled out due to health reasons, citing a flu, and denied any of the "spiritual advisor" stuff, saying that the tour is still "in the works."

UPDATE: Paul Green, president and founder of the Paul Green School of Rock, has issued the following statement to TMZ:

"The Paul Green School of Rock inadvertently misunderstood that Jon Anderson was confirmed to perform at the San Francisco school on July 22nd when in fact, Jon had never confirmed the performance. We take full responsibility for the mistake and are deeply sorry for the error. And, we regret comments made by anyone involved with the school that inappropriately suggested that Jon's spiritual beliefs or associations had anything to do with scheduling his performances, especially any reference made about the Honorable Audrey Kitagawa,"


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Zenophobe Alien    

Who is he?

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Pregnant at 44    


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Pregnant at 44    

I don't have any idea who he is.

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Sarah Silverman SUCKS!    

TMZ, I don't think anyone under 65 knows who he is.

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Zenophobe Alien    

I am 35 and I don't know who he is

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Excerpt from what may the longest wikipedia entry I've seen lately:

Yes was formed in 1968 by vocalist Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire. Anderson had already recorded a single in 1964 as a member of The Warriors, a beat band formed by his brother Tony, and later sang on a couple of 45s for Parlophone Records under the pseudonym Hans Christian. He was also briefly a member of the group Gun. Squire had been a member of The Syn, a flower-pop outfit who had recorded a couple of singles for Deram Records (one, "14-Hour Technicolour Dream", celebrating the "happening" held at Alexandra Palace on April 29/April 30, 1967). After the breakup of The Syn, Squire spent a year developing his bass-playing technique, strongly influenced by The Who's bassist, John Entwistle. In May 1968, he met Anderson in a London Soho nightclub, La Chasse, where Anderson was working. The two had a common interest in vocal harmony and began working together soon afterwards.

Yes was previously known as the psychedelically named Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, and the band had been formed by composer-singer-guitarist Clive Bailey and drummer Bob Hagger early in 1966. Chris Squire and Peter Banks joined in 1967. Jon Anderson followed in April 1968. Bill Bruford replaced Bob Hagger in July 1968 and Mabel Greer’s Toyshop became Yes.

In February 2007, Jon Anderson said on 1210 AM Philadelphia that Yes will possibly reunite in 2008 for a 40th anniversary tour and that Roger Dean is creating artistic projections for the shows.

Say it with me... WHOOOO HOO!!!!!

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Anyone who doesn't know who Yes is should never be writing about rock. They've sold millions of records and are one of the most influential musical groups of all time. I doube there is a single serious musician playing today who would display the incredible ignorance of the people posting so far. Anyone who knows anything about 70's and 80's music would find your piece very eye-opening about what depth of musical knowledge you (don't) need to have to work for TMZ.

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LOL, well that says it all. Anyone who uses a "spiritual advisor" is an idiot.

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Zenophobe Alien    

He wasn't Mozart. How would a younger person know who he was?

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I have to add, though, that the reunion tour will do pretty well. There are a lot of people who remember when music required talent and originality, and not studio magic tricks, so the tickets will probably sell. They're still around, a fact known by people who do something besides writing blogs about other people.

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Jon Anderson has a beautiful voice and has been engaged with music since the 60's. I love Jon and I'm 36. He did a gorgeous album called Deseo with Vangelis that was fantastic.

If the younglings would rather listen to Producer driven drivel, go right ahead, but Jon comes from an era of the songwriter-musician.

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king crimson    

all good heard yes play would know this band was way ahead of their time. jon anderson has one of the voices of rock 'N' roll.if any of you can get a chance to hear the band yes play. please go do it..all memebers are still alive and you will enjoy a night of great music.

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I'm old enough to be a fan, but I don't live in the past.. There's been other music since, ya know.

I don't like reunions, especially if they suck and the old goats have lost their voices.
I'd rather remember them as they were.

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I have to agree with the above comment ... if you haven't heard 'Yes', then you haven't listened to real music. They were one of the best bands formed that knew how to perform and play music for what music is!

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