Chris Squire’s death galvanizes ex-Yes members

Bassist Chris SquireChris Squire’s death galvanizes ex-Yes members

Wakeman, Anderson and Rabin reuniting as trio

By David Sands
February 4, 2016

Shortly before he died of cancer last year, prog rock hero Chris Squire urged his band Yes to keep going on in his absence—and they’ve done just that.

But the  legendary bassist probably didn’t foresee that his death would also inspire three of his ex-bandmates to reforge their musical ties.

You heard that right! Yes’ former lead vocalist Jon Anderson, guitarist Trevor Rabin and keyboard player Rick Wakeman intend to reunite as a trio.

Wakeman broke news of their plans on his website last month.

“Jon, Trevor and I have been talking about this for some time and following the very sad passing of Chris, felt it was the right time to get together and produce both new music and perform some of the classic material as we feel it should be performed,” he said.

“We have no connection with any other former members and indeed intend this to be very fresh in every approach.”

The trio is tentatively going by the name Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman. They’ll be managed by Brian Lane of United Stage Artists, who served in the same capacity for Yes’ original lineup in the 1970s. According to Wakeman, “experienced side musicians” are already “lining up” to be involved in the project.

“We are already writing new material and swapping ideas back and forth and what I’ve heard so far is quite amazing, he said. “Very fresh, full of life, energy and melody. I have sent stuff to Jon and Trev who will hopefully add some great ideas on top of my ideas.”

The group wants to kick things off with a few festivals this summer and ramp into a full-scale tour next year.

Squire died of Erythroid Leukemia, a rare form of cancer, last June. Wakeman who worked with the bassist for many years, referred to him at the time of his passing as one of the “two greatest bass players classic rock has ever known” along with John Entwistle of The Who.

“Chris took the art of making a bass guitar into a lead instrument to another stratosphere and coupled with his showmanship and concern for every single note he played, made him something special,” Wakeman said on his website.

Anderson, who co-founded Yes with the Squire in 1968, also eulogized him as well, saying the two of them were “musical brothers” in a post on his personal site.

“He was an amazingly unique bass player—very poetic—and had a wonderful knowledge of harmony,” said Anderson. “We travelled a road less travelled and I’m so thankful that he climbed the musical mountains with me.”

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