Let’s get to the disclaiming: Four-decades-old prog-rock behemoth Yes will not be blessed with lead vocalist Jon Anderson’s Olympian pipes on this tour. Due to a debilitating respiratory condition that flat-tired the group’s 40th-anniversary shows last summer, Anderson is out, and the band is soldiering on with sonic doppelgänger Benoît David, whom the group saw on a YouTube video absolutely nailing Anderson’s insanely high-pitched vox in a Montreal-based Yes tribute band. Now, before Yes purists say nay, let’s take solace in game-time-ready original members Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass) and Alan White (drums). And, lest we forget, the Yes songbook — chock-full of technically unreal, harmonic forests such as “Roundabout” and “I’ve Seen All Good People” — requires such a degree of musical athleticism that if Yes says David can play, damn it, let the Canadian play.

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