Posted in music on March 12, 2013

Peter Banks

Jon Anderson has paid homage to fellow Yes founding member Peter Banks, who died March 8 at at age 65.

Anderson told Premiere Radio Networks' Sal Cirrincione: "Peter was in good spirits the last couple of times we spoke, even though he had been in bad health of late, but always joking and still ready to create music. I will miss him."

Anderson also confirmed it was Banks who originally came up with the 'Yes' moniker.

"It is true, he was the one who said: 'Yes, we should call the band Yes.' Bless him... a sweet guy... and a wild guitar player."

The current line-up of Yes issued this collective statement: "We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of fellow bandmate and founding Yes member, Peter Banks. He was a huge piece of the fabric that made Yes what it is and our thoughts, sincere condolences and prayers are with him and his family. Peter, we shall miss you greatly." [Classic Rock Magazine]

The unfortunate news above (via Daily Swarm) is that Peter Banks, who recorded on the first two Yes albums, passed away last week (3/8) at age 65. Rest in peace, Peter. Your contributions to rock music will be remembered.

Stream some tracks below...


Yes - "Yesterday and Today"

Yes - "Astral Traveller"



Tags: Peter Banks, RIP, Yes

Comments (8)

Horrible news!!!

Posted by Jim | March 12, 2013 4:18 PM

RIP PB! He really did some amazing things for rock music.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2013 4:20 PM

I See You

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2013 4:58 PM

i once saw Peter Banks at Mamoun's Falafel. He really seemed to be savoring the spicy chickpeas in a wholewheat pita.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2013 5:12 PM

^(blank stare)

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2013 5:17 PM

Underappreciated member b/c he was gone from band before their break in the USA ca.
'The Yes Album'. Can see him in action onyoutube under "Yes The Lost Broadcasts".

Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2013 5:23 PM

This fucker ain't got NOTHIN' on BIG MOTHERFUCKIN' DANE (who is back up in the cut, in case you were wondering) lol

Posted by Dane | March 12, 2013 5:29 PM

I like how they just turned that James Brown guitar riff upside down. 

Posted by Allyu | September 22, 2014 2:14 PM

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