Legendary Yes Rocker Chris Squire Dies After Short Battle With Cancer0 Comments

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Posted on 29 Jun 2015 at 5:15pm

Chris Squire

Chris Squire, bassist and founding member of progressive rock band Yes, passed away at his Phoenix, Arizona home on Saturday.

Squire, who co-founded the band in 1968 with singer Jon Anderson, was forced to pull out of the band’s summer tour after announcing that he was diagnosed acute erythroid leukemia last month, a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia.

“This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me,” Squire had said in a statement to announce he was being replaced with bassist Billy Sherwood. “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.”

Chris Squire, bassist and founding member of progressive rock band Yes, passed away at his Phoenix, Arizona home on Saturday.

Squire, who co-founded the band in 1968 with singer Jon Anderson, was forced to pull out of the band’s summer tour after announcing that he was diagnosed acute erythroid leukemia last month, a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia.

“This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me,” Squire had said in a statement to announce he was being replaced with bassist Billy Sherwood. “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.”

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow released a statement on Monday, saying, “We have lost an undeniably gifted musician and our heartfelt condolences go out to Chris’ family and friends, and to all of those he entertained during his impressive career.”

Squire is survived by his third wife Scotland “Scotty” and their five-year-old daughter Xilan, along with four children from his previous two marriages.

“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,” the band said in a statement. “For the entirety of Yes’ existence, Chris was the band’s linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years. Because of his phenomenal bass-playing prowess, Chris influenced countless bassists around the world, including many of today’s well-known artists. Chris was also a fantastic songwriter, having written and co-written much of Yes’ most endearing music

“Outside of Yes, Chris was a loving husband to Scotty and father to Carmen, Chandrika, Camille, Cameron, and Xilan. With his gentle, easy-going nature, Chris was a great friend of many – including each of us. But he wasn’t merely our friend, he was also part of our family and we shall forever love and miss him.”

Despite several incarnations of the band, Squire was the only member to have played in them all since the beginning.

Squire was 67.

Yes kicks of their summer tour with Toto in Connecticut in August.

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