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    Benoit Speaks - official press release

    Richard Lanthier has just posted this on The YF FB page: no reason to believe it's not genuine:

    Official press release from Benoit David

    ---Dear YES fans,As you all know, the final three shows of last year's European tour were cancelled due to my ill health.

    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. I subsequently learnt, from a band member's interview, that I had officially left Yes and that my departure was permanent.

    As this is the situation, everyone should know that I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity I was given and very proud to have contributed to more than 200 concerts and to the 'Fly From Here' and 'In The Present Live From Lyon' albums.

    I would also like to express my appreciation for the support I was given by each member of the band, the fantastic crew, the management and everyone else involved during my time as vocalist in the band.

    Finally, to the fans who have applauded my efforts and to those I have had the pleasure of meeting -many thanks, my best wishes and please continue with your support of one of the world's greatest bands - YES.

    Although I need to take it easy for a while, I fully intend to continue with my music career. In late summer of 2011, I 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.

    This is my third collaboration with Michel St-Pere, and Mystery, following 2007's 'Beneath the Veil of Winter's Face' and 2010's 'One Among The Living'.

    So I guess I will, hopefully, see you somewhere down the road…

    Blessings,
    Benoit David
    17th February 2012
    Last edited by Bluegrunt; 02-18-2012 at 01:24 PM.
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    Re: Benoit Speaks - official press release

    Good Luck Benoit..See and HEAR you with MYSTERY this fall

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    Re: Benoit Speaks - official press release

    Thru a band member's interview? Guessing that would be Chris.

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    What a nice bloke.

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    Re: Benoit Speaks - official press release

    Quote Originally Posted by the greenman View Post
    ...I subsequently learnt, from a band member's interview, that I had officially left Yes and that my departure was permanent...
    ...and how typical!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Closetotheedge1972 View Post
    Thru a band member's interview? Guessing that would be Chris.
    He is, after all, the "personnel director", using his own words.

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    Re: Benoit Speaks - official press release

    He left because of his voice, but is recording with Mystery.

    Sounds a little fishy to me. I think there's more to this story that we don't know about yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strawbs View Post
    He left because of his voice, but is recording with Mystery.

    Sounds a little fishy to me. I think there's more to this story that we don't know about yet.
    He "added the vocals in the late summer of 2011."

    And "Although I need to take it easy for a while, I fully intend to continue with my music career."

    This sounds to me like someone who isn't capable of performing in the near future.
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    Best of luck to BD.
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    What's curious is that it was posted on the Yes FB page by neither BD nor the band. Who is Joel Pirard? Anyone know?

    The release is buried below a number of fan recollection posts.
    Yesshows attended (28): 4/84, 1/88, 7/91 (x2), 8/94, 8/98, 10/99, 8/00, 8/01, 8/02, 10/02, 4/04, 5/04, 9/04 (x2), 12/08, 7/09, 6/10, 3/11 (x2), 7/12, 4/13, 8/14, 8/15, 11/15, 8/16, 2/17, 7/18 || Yes member gigs: Steve solo ’00 [w/GTR ’86], [w/Asia ’92, ’07 (x2), ’09, ’12] | Jon solo '14 | Jon & Alan charity gig ’99 | Alan drum clinic ’89 | Bill drum clinics ’83 & ’85 [w/Crimso ’95] | Patrick solo ’98, ’11 [w/Moodies ’86 (x2), ’88] | Rick solo ’03, ’09 | Geoff [w/Asia ’92, ’07 (x2), ’09, ’12] | ARW 10/16, 10/17

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    Very classy press release. Benoit David sounds like a genuinely nice guy. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    I enjoyed his work with Yes and am looking forward to listening to his future projects.

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    Benoit is such a nice guy! I wish him all the best and I hope he had fun with his YES experience, I did!
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    Re: Benoit Speaks - official press release

    Quote Originally Posted by InverYes View Post
    He "added the vocals in the late summer of 2011."

    And "Although I need to take it easy for a while, I fully intend to continue with my music career."

    This sounds to me like someone who isn't capable of performing in the near future.
    Also, he was told "to cease touring". Recording in a studio or even occasional shows, which is all Mystery have done, are compatible with that.

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    I know Joel Pirard. If he posted it, it's probably legit. Best of luck to Benoit David. He had a tough job filling Jon's shoes and he did it with aplomb. He is a warm and gracious human being in the face of all the truly ugly crap he had to take from "fans." I wish him nothing but the best.

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    .....and I hope that he can resume his boat repair business and be with his family more.
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    Once again, Benoit shows what a classy guy he is. Although, his mention of his departure being permanent is tough to read.

    Then again, has any departure from Yes been done in a mutually agreeable way?

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    Benoit was great, I'll miss him. Both times I sawe him live he was on top form.

    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by relayeire View Post
    What's curious is that it was posted on the Yes FB page by neither BD nor the band. Who is Joel Pirard? Anyone know?

    The release is buried below a number of fan recollection posts.

    Joel Pirard is our very own jpirard. You wished him a happy birthday in December.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chescorph View Post
    Joel Pirard is our very own jpirard. You wished him a happy birthday in December.
    Ah! Thank you.

    Curious that BD learnt about his status through a band member (Chris?) interview. It seems Yes are as good as ever at communicating directly to one another.
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    Re: Benoit Speaks - official press release

    Quote Originally Posted by downbyariver View Post
    Very classy press release. Benoit David sounds like a genuinely nice guy. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I enjoyed his work with Yes and am looking forward to listening to his future projects.
    I agree, a classy press release from a classy guy. I wish him all the best with Mystery and whatever else he chooses to do in the future.

    Sara

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