Yes Bassist and Co-Founder Chris Squire Dies at 67

Posted by Michael Mueller on June 29, 2015 at 10:26 AM

Chris SquireYes bassist and co-founder, Chris Squire, died on Saturday, June 27, at his home in Tucson, Arizona. He was 67. Squire had taken a leave of absence from Yes last month after he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.

Widely regarded as a "musician's musician," Squire - aka, The Fish - was one of the most influential bass guitarists in rock history, his progressive harmonic and melodic approach coupled with an aggressive attack and signature tone influenced such luminary low-end men as Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, and John Myung, among many others, forever changing how the bass guitar was played and viewed in the process.

Here are just a few of the tributes pouring in from the rock community:

"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." Geddy Lee, Rush

"Very saddened to hear of the passing of Chris Squire. A massive influence on bass players, way beyond the Progressive genre." Pete Trewavas, Marillion

"I'm gutted to hear of Chris Squire's passing... A huge talent who defined a genre and a great friend." Steve Hackett, Genesis

"Sad day -- rest in peace Chris Squire. Wonderful guy, spectacular player. Certainly one of the founding fathers of modern bass and more." Billy Sheehan, The Winery Dogs

"Thank you for all the amazing music Chris Squire. You will surely be missed." John Petrucci, Dream Theater

"RIP Chris Squire, super bassist of Yes. An extremely talented musician's musician who mastered his instrument and took it to new realms." Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine


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