Yes performed its first show this weekend since the death of co-founding bassist Chris Squire. Squire, who died on June 27th at age 67 from acute erythroid leukemia, had wanted Yes to carry on in his absence, and longtime members drummer Alan White and Steve Howe led the current incarnation of the band during their opening night of its joint tour with Toto on Friday (August 7th) in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Rounding out the 2015 Yes lineup is keyboardist Geoff Downes, lead vocalist Jon Davison, and new recruit — bassist Billy Sherwood.
Alan White, who along with the Chris Squire estate, controls the Yes name and brand, was particularly close to Squire and told us that he feels the band and its fans are in good hands for the current road trek: “For this tour, we’re using Billy Sherwood, who was a good friend of Chris’. Billy grew up, y’know, playing Chris’ baselines and everything, so, he pretty much knows all of the songs and the harmonies that Chris used to do. Y’know, I don’t think I’ve got any problems in that area, it’s just that it’ll be very hard sitting on stage and not seeing that fella standing in front of me that I’m used to.”