Bass guitarist Chris Squire, who co-founded the 1970s British progressive rock band Yes, died on Saturday. He was 67.
Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire. #yes
— Geoffrey Downes (@asiageoff) June 28, 2015
In May, Squire disclosed that he had been diagnosed with erythroid leukemia, a rare form of leukaemia, as reported by BBC. He said his medical condition would prevent him from missing the co-headlining North American tour along with Toto in August and September of this year.
In a statement, the band said on its official website, “It’s with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire.”
Squire had been with the band, which had seen several changes in its line-up since 1968, for the longest time. Appearing on every studio album created in 45 years, he was the “linchpin” of the band, the statement said. Some of the band’s greatest hits like Owner of a Lonely Road, I’ve Seen All the Good People and Yours is No Disgrace have been credited to him.
Joe Bonamassa, the guitarist, said, “Last night the world lost one its most gifted musicians. Rest In Peace Chris Squire. It was an honor to call you my friend.”
The original members of the band, which was formed in 1968, included Squire, lead singer Jon Anderson, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye and drummer Bill Bruford.
While the band released its self-titled debut album in 1969, Squire launched his only solo album, Fish out of Water, in 1975.
Founding member of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater and guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, Tom Morello, also posted their condolences on social media.
Thank you for all of the amazing music Chris Squire. You will surely be missed.
— John Petrucci (@JPetrucci) June 28, 2015
— Joe Satriani (@chickenfootjoe) June 28, 2015
In its history of 45 years, the Grammy Award-winning band has released 20 albums, with Heaven & Earth (2014) being their most recent.
According to Entertainment Weekly, it will be first time in the August and September 2015 co-headlining tour with Toto that the band will play a show without Squire.
Billy Sherwood will be stepping in to cover Squire.
Squire had said in a statement, “This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me. But the other guys and myself have agreed that Billy Sherwood will do an excellent job of covering my parts and the show as a whole will deliver the same Yes experience that our fans have come to expect over the years.”
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