Tangerine Dream has pulled out of Yes’ Cruise to the Edge, just weeks before its March 25, 2013 launch, after band founder Edgar Froese was injured in a nasty fall.
Froese broke his hand and his jaw in the mishap, leading to surgery.
The at-sea concert’s lineup has now been bolstered with the addition of Ambrosia. Also on the bill with Yes: Steve Hackett, who will presented his Genesis Revisited II album; UK featuring Eddie Jobson, John Wetton, Terry Bozzio and Alex Machacek; Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy; Saga, Nektar, Glass Hammer, Zebra and others.
Tangerine Dream’s sudden departure isn’t the first bit of bad news for the event, which also endured a recent controversy when Yes — which shares Jon Davison as a frontman with Glass Hammer — announced they they would not allow Davison to appear with both bands.
Former Glass Hammer frontman Carl Groves, already set to appear with the band this week at a 20th anniversary show in Tennessee, will sit in on Cruise to the Edge, as well.
Meanwhile, Tangerine Dream was touring behind a new album of cover songs, which featured updates of songs by the Beatles, R.E.M., David Bowie and Pink Floyd, among others.
Froese, a pioneer in the integration of synths into rock, founded Tangerine Dream while still a student in the late 1960s at the Berlin Academy of Arts. He’s the only remaining member from the band’s classic 1970s era, with keyboardist Peter Baumann leaving in 1977 followed by drummer Christopher Franke and Froese’s longtime collaborative partner Paul Haslinger in the late 1980s.
“We are sad to announce that Tangerine Dream will not be sailing with us,” Cruise to the Edge organizers report. “Edgar Froese experienced a bad fall, resulting in severe breaks. He has undergone appropriate surgical procedures to correct the breaks but it is not possible for him to recover in time for the cruise. We are told that Edgar is expected to make a full recovery.”