Brian May leads tributes to Yes bassist Chris Squire

News of his death came yesterday, June 28, 2015

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Brian May has led the tributes to Chris Squire, bassist with Yes, who has died aged 67.

The news of his death was made public yesterday [June 28, 2015], only a month after revealing he had been diagnosed with leukemia.

Squire’s bandmate Geoffrey Downes first announced Squire’s death on Twitter.


The band confirmed the news on their Facebook page, writing: “It’s with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona. We will have more information for you soon.”

Squire formed Yes with singer Jon Anderson in 1968 and was the only member of the group to feature on all 21 of their studio albums.


Squire also released a solo album, A Fish Out Of Water, in November 1975 on Atlantic Records.

Meanwhile, Brian May led the tributes to Squire, calling him “truly unique bass player”.

Writing on Facebook, Bill Bruford called Squire “an individualist in an age when it was possible to establish individuality, Chris fearlessly staked out a whole protectorate of bass playing in which he was lord and master. I suspect he knew not only that he gave millions of people pleasure with his music, but also that he was fortunate to be able to do so.”

Other tributes were paid by Geezer Butler, Gene Simmons and Tom Morello.

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