Since we are talking about Alan and being blasphemous. I have always loved his super creative (and HUGE groove) playing with Gary Wright. And I agree with the previous blaspheme, his playing with Lennon was fantastic, I always wonder why Alan's playing (other than Yes) never really gets mentioned much.I look at this a bit differently. I hope Alan White recovers, but still I prefer an "original" member onstage if at all possible. These people are getting up there in years, and I applaud their dedication of continuing to play in the band.
It does remind me a tad of seeing the Moody Blues (Days of Future Passed tour) and Graham Edge playing drums with a ventilator on. Honestly, drums are a physical instrument. I love Alan White, but am I being blasphemous by calling John Lennon's Imagine (and on the song "Instant Karma") my favorites?!?