Yes to Continue Without Late Bassist Chris Squire, Says Drummer Alan White
Yes will continue following the death last month of founding bassist Chris Squire, who’d been the only constant member of the group throughout its 45-year-plus history. Drummer Alan White, who joined the band in 1972, tells Billboard that Squire “called me and asked me to keep everything going regardless of what happens…So absolutely we’re moving ahead.”
The group is scheduled to launch a North American co-headlining tour with Toto on August 7 with former Yes member Billy Sherwood filling in on bass. White says, “It’s certainly going to be hard without [Chris],” while noting, “I’m gonna do it for him.”
The drummer also tells Billboard that he believes most fans are supporting the band’s decision. “Everything has been pretty positive in that regard,” White declares. “It doesn’t seem like anybody’s kind of given up on the band, which is really encouraging and it’ll help us move things forward.”
He adds, “Things can’t just stop, you know? We’ve got to maintain the Yes name and…meet the high standards of musicianship Chris created.”
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