Peter Banks (of Yes), RIP
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”