Music News- YES bassist, and founding member Chris Squire, 67, passed away last night following his battle with leukemia, according to a statement from the prog rock legends
Since he and vocalist Jon Anderson began the UK band in 1968 until he was diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia in 2015, Squire was the only constant member of the group. Anderson was forced out in 2008.
Squire grew up in central London, when, in 1964, he was suspended from school for having long hair. He played in a several bands in the 1960s, including the Selfs, the Syn, and Mabel Greer's Toyshop. It was through Toyshop that he met Jon Anderson. The two bonded over Simon and Garfunkel's music and formed Yes. The group released their debut album in 1969. YES was at the forefront of the progressive rock movement in the UK that gained them followers around the globe. They set the standard for innovative music and musicianship.
Squire later released solo records and was a member of the short-lived supergroup XYZ, which featured Squire, Yes' Alan White, and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page.