June 4, 2008 / 9:00 PM / 11 years ago

Yes says no tour as singer stricken

Jon Anderson, the vocalist of progressive rock band Yes, performs in Bucharest September 5, 2005. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British progressive-rock band Yes said on Wednesday it canceled its upcoming 40th anniversary tour of North America because singer Jon Anderson has been diagnosed with acute respiratory failure.

Anderson, 63, was hospitalized last month after a severe asthma attack, and doctors have told him that he will jeopardize his health unless he rests for at least six months, according to a statement.

“I’d like everyone know how deeply disappointed I am by this turn of events,” Anderson said. “I was looking forward to celebrating our music with the amazing family of Yes fans once again; but as we all know, health must come before anything else.”

The tour, the band’s first trek through North America since 2004, was scheduled to begin on July 12 in Quebec City, and run through August 22 in Los Angeles.

Anderson, the band’s main lyricist, and bass player Chris Squire are the only original members of the group, which has undergone numerous personnel shifts since it launched to immediate critical acclaim in 1968. Its hit songs included “Roundabout,” “I’ve Seen All Good People” and the 1983 U.S. chart-topper “Owner of a Lonely Heart.”

Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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