Chris Squire dead at 67

Chris SquireChris Squire, legendary prog rock bass player, dead at 67

Yes bassist and co-founder leaves behind innovative musical legacy

By David Sands
June 28, 2015

Chris Squire, co-founder, vocalist and bass guitarist for the legendary prog rock group Yes, has passed on from this world.

Sadly, he succumbed yesterday to a rare form of cancer, Erythroid Leukemia, that he’d only revealed having to his fans last month. The bass player had been receiving treatment for the illness in his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz.

A hero to many within the bass community and beyond, Squire is the only member of Yes to have appeared on each of the band’s studio albums, from their 1969 self-titled debut to 2014’s Heaven & Earth. The virtuoso bassist lived his life as a sonic trailblazer who often took his instrument into a leading role in the music he made. His powerful distinctive style has left a deep impression on generations of musicians who have followed him.

Squire’s musical comrade Geoff Downes, who plays keyboards for Yes as well as with the group Asia, first broke the unsettling news of his death in a tweet around 11 a.m. this morning.

“Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire,” he tweeted.

Yes reflected on his passing with a collective post on their official Facebook page this afternoon.

“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,” they said. “Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona.”

A native of Wembley, England, Squire got his first taste of music singing in a church choir. He later played with a succession of rock groups including the Selfs, the Syn and Mabel Greer’s Toy Shop, before forming Yes with vocalist Jon Anderson, guitarist Peter Banks, drummer Bill Bruford and keyboardist Tony Kaye. Yes is perhaps the most distinctive and long-lasting progressive rock group to emerge from England during the 1970s. It’s also enjoyed substantial commercial success.

Squire released only one solo album, Fish Out of Water, in 1975. It’s title is an allusion to his nickname, “Fish.” In addition to Yes, Squire also recorded two albums for a side project called Conspiracy in the early 2000s. He was joined in that effort by singer and multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood, who had agreed to cover Squire’s Yes duties this summer during his medical absence.

The celebrated bassist is survived by his wife, Scotland, and five children.

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1 Comment

  • So sorry to hear. RIP Chris. Thank you for all the great music.
    You will be missed.
    He was a great one.


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