From Dw. Dunphy and Rob Ross:

Via a tweet from Yes/Asia/Buggles keyboardist Geoff Downes, reports say that Chris Squire, the legendary bass guitar player for prog-rock giants YES, has died at the age of 67.  It had been announced in May that Squire was undergoing treatment for leukemia.  He had been living with his family in Phoenix, Arizona.

There is so much commentary about who is and is not Yes, meaning the vast arsenal of players who have been with the band all these years. The one constant was Chris Squire, bass player. His style is regularly regarded as ”dirty” or ”meaty.” For a band that is often regarded as arty — too arty sometimes — or pretty and orchestral, Squire was the dinosaur that kept the rock firmly in play in their progressive rock. To hear that he has passed today is profoundly sad. It is like removing one of the heads from Mount Rushmore, a feat his bass playing alone could have accomplished. If you need further convincing, I advise you to consult the menacing throb of 90125’s ”City of Love,” the pop-punk bounce of ”Tempus Fugit,” or the workout of the classic ”Heart of the Sunrise.” Your favorite musicians will not live forever. We know this for a fact, and yet we are able to contain this information in the deep background. Today, for Chris Squire, it is painfully present.

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Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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