Scans: Yes, R.E.M., NIN, Seahorses And More...

Progressive art-rockers Yes have reunited once again and are gearing up for a North American tour in support of Yes, due to hit stores on Nov. 25. However, the twist for this reunion is that it will mark the first time vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist/vocalist Chris Squire, Yes guitarist Steve Howe, who played on the band's breakthrough LP The Yes Album, and drummer Alan White will be back together. The quartet is currently putting the finishing touches on the album; the first single from which, "Open Your Eyes," will hit rock radio Sept. 29. The tour begins Oct. 17 in Hartford, Conn., with stops currently scheduled at New York's Beacon Theater Oct. 28-30, Chicago's Rosemont Horizon on Nov. 13-14, Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheater on Dec. 7-8 and San Francisco's Warfield Theater on Dec. 12-14... Bubble-gum pop stars Hanson will release their second album, Snowed In on Nov. 18. A Mercury Records publicist would not reveal any of the tracks on the album but confirmed that it will feature covers of classic holiday songs from the world of rock and R&B, as well as a few originals...

Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor,, has produced five of the six remixes of David Bowie's song "I'm Afraid Of Americans" that will be released on a special EP on Oct. 14. The sixth remix was done by English techno artist Rupert Parkes (a.k.a. Photek). One of the Nine Inch Nails remixes features a guest appearance by gangsta rapper Ice Cube. "I'm Afraid Of Americans" first appeared on Bowie's Earthling, the album which Bowie is currently promoting by playing small venues across North America. Reznor will also make a cameo in the video for the song...

R.E.M. has selected Pat McCarthy to produce their next album. The decision marks the first time in 10 years that producer Scott Litt will not be behind the controls for the Athens, Ga. superstars. McCarthy worked as an engineer on R.E.M.'s last two albums and has also worked with U2, the Wallflowers and Counting Crows. R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills told The Athens Banner Herald that Litt's departure was due in part to his increasing workload at his new record label, Outpost Records, which was launched last year in conjunction with Geffen...

Seahorses drummer Andy Watts has left the band because of "creative differences." The Seahorses, led by former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire, are currently on the lookout for a permanent replacement as they prepare for some upcoming European dates. The band has yet to announce who will beat the skins for them when they open for Oasis at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Oct. 7 and 8... On Thur. (Sept. 25), the FBI finally released previously censored government files on former Beatle John Lennon. According to a Reuters report, the files confirmed the ACLU's (American Civil Liberties Union) suspicion that the Nixon administration had begun surveillance of the politically-active singer "motivated by the fear of his political influence and not any criminal activity." The files, which the ACLU filed for under the Freedom of Information Act 14 years ago, contained 80 previously censored pages on Lennon, who was shot to death in

New York in 1980...

Australian politico rockers Midnight Oil will celebrate 22 years of rock and politics by releasing a singles collection on Nov. 4 called 20,000 Watt RSL. The collection will feature two new tracks, "What Goes On" and "White Skin, Black Heart." Band publicist Gayle Fine said that the album is "not a greatest hits collection because the band has never been concerned with hits great or otherwise." The track listing for 20,000 Watt RSL is: "Power and the Passion," "Dreamworld," "Kosciusko," "Dead Heart," "Blue Sky Mine," "U.S. Forces," "Beds Are Burning," "One Country," "Best Of Both Worlds," "Truganini," "Kind of the Mountain," "Hercules," "Surf's Up Tonight," "Back on the Borderline," "Don't Want to Be the One" and "Forgotten Years."...

Irish rockers U2 made good on a promise on Tues. (Sept. 23) night when they played in the war-torn city of Sarajevo, which singer Bono had vowed to return to after spending New Year's Eve there in 1995. Reuters reported that the singer told the packed Kosevo stadium that being in Sarajevo was "your gift from me" and that the 50,000 fans should "Forget the past, live the future, viva Sarajevo!" The show featured the first live performance of "Miss Sarajevo" a song off the band's ambient collaboration with Brian Eno, Passengers, featuring a vocal cameo from Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti...

Former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson is the latest rocker to be tapped for the Puff Daddy "It's All About the Benjamins" remix project. Stinson joined Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Daddy himself (Sean "Puffy" Combs) in a New York studio two weeks ago to play bass and re-write the chorus to the song. The remixed track, with guitar and drums from Grohl, who will be given co-production credit, is not yet scheduled for release...

(ATN Senior Writer Gil Kaufman and Randy Reiss compiled this report.) [Fri., Sept. 26, 1997, 9 a.m. PDT]