By Brian Ives
Yes bass player Chris Squire has been diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and will receive treatment in his hometown of Phoenix over the next few months.
For the first time, Squire will miss Yes concerts. The band will forge ahead with their North American summer tour with Toto, as will also perform on their cruise, known as the Cruise to the Edge, in November.
While Yes has had a rotating cast of members over the decades: four lead singers (most famously the now-estranged Jon Anderson), four guitar players, six keyboardists and two drummers have counted themselves as Yes members, Squire, known to the fans as The Keeper of the Flame, is the only bass player the band has ever had (though some of the bass tracks on 1991’s Union were played by Tony Levin, but those tracks were originally intended to be on an album by Yes alumni Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe, while former singer Trevor Horn played bass on 1980’s “Run Through the Light”).