Yes guitarist Peter Banks dead at 65


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Peter Banks, guitarist and founding member of progressive rock group Yes, died at his home in London on Thursday due to heart failure, he was 65. The announcement was made today in the form of a press release on his website. His body was discovered after he failed to show for a recording session.

Banks performed on the first two albums ‘Yes” and “Time And A Word,” leaving the band soon after. In 1971 he went on to form Flash, releasing three albums.

Three being the magic number, in the mid ‘70s Banks formed yet another band releasing three albums under the band name Empire.

Banks was working on a CD set of live performances entitled, ‘Flash – In Public,’ prior to his passing.

In the statement the band said, “We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of fellow bandmate and founding Yes member, Peter Banks.”

Several statements were on his website from fellow musicians including:

Fellow Yes band made Jon Anderson wrote, “I was watching the BBC footage just last month, and we spoke about those wonderful times. Peter was a unique guitar player and a kind soul. I will miss him. I feel very lucky to have spoken with him over the past year. Even though he was very sick, he would chat away about music and laugh about the journey we have all been on.”

Close friend and Yes band mate Billy Sherwood wrote, “I loved working with Peter on the many records I have produced over the years. He always delivered amazing stuff, creative, inspires and always with that classic original Yes flavor that came with his playing. He will be missed by me and many, many other fans of his music and playing.” Protection Status



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