The founding member of "Yes" was suffering with a rare form of leukemia
Chris Squire, the co-founder and the longtime bass player of rock band “Yes”, passed away on Saturday after battling with a rare form of leukemia. He was 67.
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Keyboardist Geoff Downes first tweeted the news “Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire.”
The band confirmed the news on their official Facebook account. “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. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona.”
Born in London, England, Chris Squire formed “Yes” band with singer Jon Anderson in 1968. Later, they were joined by other members Peter Banks, Tony Kaye and drummer Bill Bruford. The band released its first studio album “Yes” in 1969 and went on to make 21 albums with most of them reaching the top ten charts in UK or U.S. Squire was the only member who stayed with the band for more than 50 years and played the bass on all “Yes” albums.
“For the entirely of Yes existence, Chris was the band’s linchpin, and in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years.” The band’s statement reads.
On May 19, Yes announced that Squire has been diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia, an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Since Squire was receiving the treatment in his hometown in Phoenix, he was likely to miss band’s several tours ahead. Therefore, he was replaced by Billy Sherwood on temporally basis.
“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 on 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.” Chris Squire said in a statement.
The August 7 concert in Ledyard, Connecticut will be the band’s first show without Chris Squire.
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Squire is survived by his wife Scotland and five children.