Chris Squire, bass player for the prog rock group Yes, has passed away just over a month after being diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia. He was 67.
Squire was a founding member of Yes in 1969 and remained with the group until his diagnosis. When Yes resumes touring in August, it will mark the first time that the group has performed without Squire.
When I saw former Yes lead vocalist Jon Anderson in concert back in March 2012, he recounted that at the height of their fame the group hired a roadie whose only job it was to rouse Squire from his sleep.
But Squire was one of rock’s best bass players and would prove a considerable influence on the work of Rush’s Geddy Lee. In fact, Rush very nearly tabbed Squire to produce their 1984 album Grace Under Pressure. But when Squire met with Rush he also fellow Yes member Trevor Horn who wass also being considered. Rush ultimately would produce the album themselves.
Squire was also a member of the shortlived supergroup XYZ which consisted of himself, Yes drummer Alan White and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. This group came together shortly after the death of Zeppelin drummer John Bonham in 1980. Efforts to recruit Robert Plant to join the group also proved unsuccessful and the project was abandoned shortly thereafter.
Perhaps Squire’s most notable bass solo was on “The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)” which is often considered a companion piece to Anderson’s “Long Distance Runaround”. Have a listen.