Chris Squire Is Gone, But Yes Will Live On

Former Yes bassist, Chris SquireChris Squire Is Gone, But Yes Will Live On

Alan White: “I’m going to do it for him”

By David Sands
June 23, 2015

Losing mindblowingly talented bassist Chris Squire to cancer last month was an incredible blow for Yes, but drummer Alan White says the prog rock group plans to carry with its musical work.

Squire, who died of Erythroid Leukemia on June 27, was more than just a bassist, songwriter and backing vocalist for the trailblazing band; as a founding member who’d played on every album since its inception in 1968, he served as Yes’ anchor throughout the years.

Before his passing, Yes had already been scheduled to embark on a summer tour with Toto in August. In a Billboard article published on July 21, White told Gary Graff that both fans and band members want Yes to continue—and that they’ll be doing just that with Squire’s blessing.

“It’s certainly going to be hard without him, but he called me and asked me to keep everything going regardless of what happens,” White said. “I’m gonna do it for him.”

Billy Sherwood, a good friend to Squire who had played with him previously in Yes and their side project Conspiracy, had already been selected to cover the legendary bassist’s duties this summer prior to his death.

The group’s North American tour with Toto is slated to begin Aug. 7.

White says there will definitely be an homage to Squire at their shows, though the details are still being worked out. As for new material, he told Billboard it was still “too early” to consider writing and recording new songs.

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