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Monday, 7 September 2015

YES DRUMMER ALAN WHITE TALKS LATE PHOENIX RESIDENT CHRIS SQUIRE AND THE BAND'S LEGACY



When a band loses its last original member, it’s typically the signal for the remaining members to call it quits. In the case of Yes, which began in 1968, the musical legacy outshines the sums of its parts. Yes is a band that was always destined to continue after Phoenix resident and founding bassist Chris Squire died from leukemia in June. Squire’s desire that Yes “keep it moving on,” was made easier by the fact that guitarist Steve Howe has mostly been with the band since 1970, and drummer Alan White has been a constant force since 1972.

“It will never be the same, but we’re trying to move on because Chris wanted us to move it on,” White says.

While the band hit its peak in the 1970s, such timeless songs as close to the Edge,” “Yours is No Disgrace,” “Roundabout,” “And You and I” and “Heart of the Sunrise,” among others, have kept the band touring regularly through the decades. It has “gone the way of classical music, like Bach or Beethoven. It’s just something people remember.” The August 2014 Mesa Arts Center performance was memorable enough, White says, to be recently released on CD


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