Yes Will Carry on After Chris Squire’s Death; Summer Tour Begins August 7

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The long-running British prog-rock group Yes has no plans to call it a day in the aftermath of bassist Chris Squire’s death.

Drummer Alan White confirms the band will “keep moving forward” without the bassist, who cofounded the group in 1968.

“It’s certainly going to be hard without him,” White told Billboard, “but he called me and asked me to keep everything going regardless of what happens. So absolutely we’re moving ahead. I’m gonna do it for him.”

Squire died on June 27 while fighting acute erythroid leukemia. He announced in May that he would not be touring with the band while being treated for the disease, and his role on the group’s tour was filled by Billy Sherwood, a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has previously worked with the band.

Yes begin a tour with Toto in August and are booked for their third annual Cruise to the Edge music cruise.

White, who joined Yes in 1972, says continuing without Squire will be difficult. “It just will be very hard to go on stage and not see that familiar figure standing there. We definitely will pay homage to Chris within the show, but I’m not quite sure in what form yet.”

He also believes the fans will be behind the decision to continue without Squire. “[The fans] are behind the band and want the band to keep moving forward here,” he says. “It doesn’t seem like anybody’s kind of given up on the band, which is really encouraging, and it’ll help us move things forward.

“Things can’t just stop, you know? We’ve got to maintain the Yes name and meet the high standards of musicianship Chris created.”

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