Yes bassist Chris Squire has been diagnosed with cancer. He will be treated for acute erythroid leukemia in Phoenix, Arizona, where he lives, over the next few months.
Squire is a founding member of the famed English prog-rock act, which formed in 1968. He is the only original member to have remained in the group throughout its history, and the only founding member in the group’s current lineup.
His absence will make this the first time Yes has performed without him. The current lineup includes Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, singer Jon Davison, keyboardist Geoff Downes and drummer Alan White.
Yes are currently booked for a six-week North American tour beginning August 7 in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Squire’s role will be taken over by multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood, who played for Yes in 1994 and again from 1997 until 2000, performing guitar, keyboards and backing vocals.
“This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me,” Squire says. “But the other guys and myself have agreed that Billy Sherwood will do an excellent job of covering my parts and the show as a whole will deliver the same Yes experience that our fans have come to expect over the years.”
More information about Yes’ 2015 North American tour is available at YesWorld.com