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Monday, 19 August 2013

CHRIS SQUIRE INTERVIEW

YES - SUBMITTED PHOTOChris Squire has been there since the beginning, 45 years ago this summer, when Yes formed in London.  The only current member of the band to have played on all twenty studio recordings, Chris spoke with us a little about the early days, his development as a bass player, and his favorite memory from playing Philly.
two.one.five magazine:  You guys will be here soon, along with Carl Palmer, and a few other bands for Yestival!
Chris Squire: Yes, with Carl Palmer and his version of ELP’s music.  There are some other bands, – Renaissance, a band called Music Box (kind of a Genesis tribute), and then there are some other, younger, what people call “baby bands..”
two.one.five: Yes started in 1968..
CS: …that’s when we started rehearsing, in London, summer of ’68…
two.one.five: … and I understand that the Beatles were one of your biggest influences..
CS: Yeah of course!  I was prime audience for that, I was 15 in 1963 when the Beatles came onto the international stage with their first album.  I was obviously very influenced by the whole thing, and I guess probably what made me want to try my hand at becoming a “pop star,” as they were called then, before they were called “rock stars..” [laughs]
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