Yes Bassist Chris Squire Dies of Leukaemia

Chris Squire, a founding member of Yes, had not been well for some time. He was losing weight, always very tired, suffered from night sweats and had struggles with infections. Then on May 15, he was diagnosed with Di Guglielmo syndrome, a particularly rare and vicious form of leukaemia.

The disease progressed quickly. Then Saturday night at his home in Phoenix, Chris passed away “peacefully” according to his family.

Geddy Lee–no slouch in the bass department–had this to say:

“Although we never met, I’m so sorry to hear about Chris Squire from Yes passing.  As a bass player and innovator on the instrument he was a huge inspiration to me. Simply put, he was one of the greatest rock bassists of all time. My most sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

Let’s hear “Roundabout” one more time, shall we? Chris’ part really kicks in around the 45 second mark.

https://youtu.be/-Tdu4uKSZ3M

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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