Sunday, 13 September 2015

Yes: Prog Legends Playing Mountain Winery

Veteran prog rock act Yes will keep playing after the death of bassist and co-founder, Chris Squire. Photo by Glenn Gottlieb.

When Yes co-founder and bassist extraordinaire, Chris Squire, passed away earlier this year, many fans wondered what would happen to the legendary prog-rock ensemble.

The answer to that question came fairly quickly from his surviving band mates—who had learned Squire was ill in May, a short time before his death on June 27 from Acute Erythroid Leukemia at the age of 67.

“He asked me personally to carry everything on,” Yes drummer Alan White says, recalling his band mate’s request. “He said, ‘You’ve got to keep this thing going.’”

Speaking by phone shortly before a recent performance in Biloxi, Miss., White says Squire will be dearly missed. “Obviously it’s not going to be the same without Chris playing.” he says. “He was a great part of this band, but he wanted us to carry on, regardless of what happened to him.”


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