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24th Sep

Tour Cancelled, New Keyboard Player Needed!

It is with considerable disappointment that Fragile announced this week the cancellation of the autumn leg of their 9012002 tour, and the departure of Gonzalo Carrera. The decision was taken following aborted rehearsals for the final 2002 dates, and a change in Gonzalo's personal commitments. The band will continue, and indeed plans are already advanced for next year, which promises to be busier than ever. Fragile would love to hear from talented individuals who believe that they can fill the vacant keyboard position, and help take the band to next level. The band stressed that the break with Gonzalo was felt to be in the best interests of both parties, and that they wished him well for the future.

Speaking to yestribute.com, Steve Carney spoke on behalf of the band and sought to reassure fans around the UK as to Fragile's future. "Gonzalo's departure is of course very disappointing, and we would like to apologise for the cancellation of the autumn schedule. The development was wholly unexpected and left us with no choice but to pull the remaining 2002 dates. Yes music is extremely complicated and recruiting a temporary replacement at short notice was simply not a realistic option. We were not prepared to compromise the band's excellent reputation by delivering a sub-standard show, and feel sure our fan base will support this decision. However, we will be back, bigger and better than ever in the new year, and look forward to seeing friends old and new in 2003".

Steve went on to outline what the band were searching for by way of a replacement for Gonzalo, "we need a team player who is prepared to play their part in a unique and highly regarded rock tribute band. You must preferably be semi-professional or a professional who is prepared to make considerable compromises for the greater good. You must have a love of progressive music, possess a quality rig, have your own transport, and be organised and reliable. All the guys in the band have jobs, families, and multiple commitments, and we are searching for someone who can fit in with this profile. If you are looking for a big pay day or have dreams of fame and fortune, then don't apply.

Steve outlined what lay in store for the new band member, "Fragile have developed a first rate reputation as a leading classic rock tribute on a par with the likes of Regenesis and Think Floyd, but performing Yes music sets us apart by some considerable distance. With an award winning website, two highly successful CD releases, a string of much respected UK and International live performances since 1999, a profile enhanced by connections with Yes members past and present, and an imminent original CD release, the platform for a very busy 2003 is all in place and awaiting the right individual. It's a fantastic opportunity for any musician who relishes a challenge, and indeed the all to rare chance to do something with credibility and respect".

So, Fragile continue to go through 'Changes', but as with every previous development on the personnel front, the vision is ever 'Onward'. The band has a settled core in Steve, Jon, Mitch, Rob and Tom, and they now want to hear from any talented Rick, Tony, Patrick, Geoff, or Igor!. If you feel you have what it takes please contact Steve on 07866 469665. Watch the wesbite for further announcements, and our thanks to all venues, promoters, and fans, for their understanding and patience at this difficult time.

OTHER NEWS

22nd Sep

New reviews of Crewe and Dudley

To celebrate the next leg of the 9012002 tour we've added some new reviews of the shows in Dudley and Crewe during the Summer.

9th Sep

Fragile to make debut in Poole

Another new venue for Fragile! This time it's Mr Kyps in Poole, the band will be playing there on Saturday 30th November. The venue claims to have one of the largest stages for a venue of its type, perfect for the expansive music of Yes.

8th July

New gig in St Albans

Good news for those of you in St Albans, Fragile will return to The Horn in St Albans on Thursday November 21st, as ever the full list of shows is on the gigs page.

8th July

Gonzalo Gig in Wales

For fans of the Iberian Khatru in Wales there is an extra chance to see Gonzalo perform with Andy Thomas in Abergavenny on July 26th. The gig will be a rather experimental affair with "virtual" instruments and quadraphonic sound . . . Click here for more details.

19th May

More Live Reviews

We have a couple more excellent live reviews now online. You can read a new review of the Southend show by Chas Loeber . We're also honoured to have a review from Graeme Yetts, who is no stranger to taking to the stage in a classic rock tribute act himself. He joined an enthusiastic crowd at The Standard in Walthamstow earlier this month.

27th Apr

Club Riga Reviewed!

Read all about the band's show this month in Southend with Guy Rickard's excellent review which includes the sighting of Jon Bastable smiling!

8th Apr

The Robin Reviewed!

Fragile's recent show at The Robin 2 in Bilston was a shot in the arm for everyone concerned with the band. Steve Gould and Steve Lacey have captured the atmosphere of the night in words and Steve Gould's pictures. Read their reviews here.

8th Apr

Horn date in St Albans Cancelled

Fragile's appearance at the Horn, St Albans has been cancelled. The band apologises for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to reschedule the date for later this year.

11th Mar

Jon Bastable Goes Online!

Jon Bastable is now well and trully online with his own personal website which includes a number of photos and a review and pictures of Fragile's famous trip to Helsinki last year.

24th Feb

Fragile sign for Arsenal

Arsenal may have gallic flair and exciting players but never more so than this March 30th for the home game with Sunderland. Fragile have been booked as pre-match entertainment under the North Stand where they will play a show of classic rock covers including of course a fair sprinkling of Yes numbers.

20th Feb

South Shields date cancelled

Fragile's appearance at the Cellar in South Shields this Friday has had to be cancelled. The band sincerely apologise to all Yes fans in the North East for the late notice, and indeed any inconvenience this may cause. The band were looking forward to their first show in the Newcastle area since the gig at Whitley Bay in 2000. The band are already trying to negotiate a new date and venue, and news of the revised arrangements will be posted as soon as it appears. Fragile would like to emphasise that the cancellation was entirely unavoidable, and an announcement will be made very shortly concerning the band's future representation arrangements in respect of live bookings. We thank everyone in the North East for their understanding and continued support.

9th Feb

Cast off your garments of fear, replace them with Stoke!

Fragile are delighted to announce that the show in Stoke this Friday is definitely ON! So, cast any doubts aside and get down to the Victoria Hall for the band's first ever rendition of Close to the Edge. See the gigs page for full details about the show.

9th Feb

Sheffield in November

Fragile are pleased to announce that they have arranged a date at the Boardwalk in Sheffield on Saturday 16th November. This is the revised date for the gig cancelled in September 2001 due to Rick Wakeman's appearance the same night in Rotherham.

1st Feb

It's The Brook in September

Fragile are delighted to announce a return to the Brook in Southampton for what will be the band's third show at the venue. The date has been set for Friday 27th September.

17th Jan

9012002 Goes to London!

And another new date! This time it's The Standard in Walthamstow on Friday 3rd May. See the gigs page for full details.

30th Dec

St Albans show lined up.

Another new date for the schedule. Fragile will return to The Horn Reborn in St Albans on Thursday 18th April. See the gigs page for full details.

24th Dec

Season's Greetings!

It's hard to believe that yet another year has gone past already! It's been an eventful one from events on the World Stage through to wonderful new Yes releases and tours as well as Fragile's own "Going for 2001" tour. There's plenty to look forwards to next year as well and we hope to be able to announce more gigs for "9012002" very soon! In the meantime everyone from Fragile would like to wish Yes and everyone that loves this wonderful music a wonderful, peaceful holiday season. Our thoughts also extend to those for whom perhaps this christmas won't be such a joyous occasion wherever they may be. See you next year!

17th Dec

Return to Verviers

Another gig added to the 9012002 schedule and it's another old favourite! Fragile will play Route 66 in Verviers on October 5th.

17th Dec

Gonzalo Goes Moonlighting

Gonzalo is a busy man, we all know that but he has spent half of the last month making Yes connections! After the recent Yes show in Manchester he was able to go backstage and meet Alan White, Steve Howe and Tom Brislin who all expressed great encouragement for Fragile! Steve Howe even said that he was "flattered" that the band were covering Yes material. Wow! and all this after Steve and Yes themselves have delivered one of their all-time great tours in support of Magnification. Not content with that though Gonzalo then pulled a gig with Ant out of Rick Wakeman's NERC for good measure!

14th Dec

9012002 taking shape . . .

The tour continues to evolve and today we can reveal four more dates including two at Club Riga in Southend which is fast becoming one of the regular haunts. In addition the band will return to the Limelight in June and Bridgend Recreation Centre on March 1st. See the gigs page for more details.

9th Dec

Dudley in June.

I guess that just about everyone knew that it was coming, Dudley, June 21st 2002. Need I say more?

9th Dec

Yestribute.com notches 50,000 Hits!

I really don't know what to say about this . . . when Steve and I first planned the Fragile website I can clearly remember saying if we get 1,000 hits in the first couple of months and 10,000 over the next year I'll be delighted. Well here we are just over two short years on and the site just collected it's 50,000th hit. It's a continuing thrill to get the reports each day and see that a hundred or so people have visited the site. So thanks to everyone for your continued interest and here's to 100,000!

9th Dec

Yestribute to rival Friends Reunited?

We all know what a splash Friends Reunited has made on the Internet, well Fragile have a success story of their own to relate! When Guy Rickard wrote a review for the show at Club Riga in April little did he suspect that his old friend from school Dave King would read it! But he did, got in touch and they met up again for the first time in fifteen years, at a Fragile show of course! So, Phil Hudson of Luton Sixth Form, where are you :-) And for anyone who hasn't seen Friends Reunited you can find it here.

6th Nov

Tring Show is SOLD OUT

The show at the Victoria Hall in Tring is now completely sold out, no more tickets are available. Please do not travel to the show unless you have already have a ticket.

8th Oct

Fragile & Ars Nova

Fragile were disappointed to read suggestions made recently that they had made derogatory remarks about the performance of Ars Nova during the recent show in Finland. The band would like to set the record straight and say that they enjoyed the entire evening immensely.

17th Sep

Sheffield Gig Cancelled

Fragile regret to announce that their planned appearance in Sheffield has been cancelled.

13th Sep

Gonzalo in London with Huw Lloyd-Langton September 20th

For those of you who can't get enough of Gonzalo he will be appearing with the Lloyd-Langton group at The Standard in Walthamstow the night before Fragile, September 20th. So, if you fancy a double header doors open on the 20th at 8pm, support is by the Chicago Blues Maestros and entrance is £5.

11th Sep

Fragile to appear at Yescapade!

Fragile are delighted to announce that they will be providing the music for YESCAPADE UK which will take place in Nottingham on December 8th before the Yes concert that night. For more details see the event website. Also appearing at the event is original Yes guitarist Peter Banks who may well take to the stage with Fragile for the odd number or two! There is also a possibility that Yes themselves may make an appearance.

For older news stories see the News Archive 6.

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