Yes will continue on despite the recent death of co-founder and bassist Chris Squire. Squire, who died on June 27th at age 67 from acute erythroid leukemia, had wanted the band to carry on in his absence and drummer Alan White — perhaps, Squire’s closest friend — told us that Yes, which also features guitarist Steve Howe from the group’s classic lineup, will keep Squire’s music and alive in the music. Squire has since been replaced by Yes alumnus Billy Sherwood for the band’s upcoming summer tour with Toto.
We asked Alan White when he first became aware that Chris Squire’s health had taken a turn for the worse: “Actually, before he passed, we knew for about a month and he knew for about a month before that. So, it really was kind of a quick kind of progression that this happened. Because he was trying to sort out what was going on and then, finally, he wrote an email that said, ‘I don’t think I’m going to be able to make this tour, so if you can do it without me, I want you to keep things going and I’ll get rid of this (illness) and I’ll see you next springtime in Europe.’”