Friday 21 November 2014

Chris Squire looks back on Yes’ coke-addled years: ‘Blame the Eagles’

To hear Chris Squire tell it, the guys in Yes were practically homebodies — until the Eagles showed up with all of the coke. “We were strictly a pot and hash band at the beginning,” Squire tells Prog, at least once he swore off acid after a scary incident involving a homemade batch that led to a hospital stay.

Then, Yes toured the U.S. in 1973 with the Eagles as their opening act. He says one of the members of the group, led by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, took him aside and said, “Try this.” Squire had discovered something new: “Cocaine,” he says, smiling.

“I got involved in cocaine,” he admits now. “Blame the Eagles. But that was it. As far as I know, no one in Yes ever did heroin.” Well, other than that one time at a party hosted by the late Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy fame. “Phil was a naughty boy,” Squire adds. “He said: ‘Do you want a line of coke?’ And there was smack in it.”

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