Original Yes Guitarist Peter Banks Dies Aged 65
Yes guitarist Peter Banks has
passed away at his London home, aged 65.
Banks, who founded the prog-rock outfit in 1968
along with Jon Anderson and Chris
Squire, was originally a member of The
Syn and also played briefly with Neat
Change. However, he became a mainstay of the progressive
rock sound after featuring on two albums with
Yes, their self-titled debut release in 1969
and the follow-up record 'Time And A
Word' in 1970.
It was announced on Banks's website that he had died on March
7th, and was found in his home after he failed to show up for a
A statement from fellow Yes band members
"We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of fellow
bandmate and founding Yes member, Peter Banks. He was a huge piece
of the fabric that made Yes what it is, and our thoughts, sincere
condolences and prayers are with him and his family. Peter, we
shall miss you greatly."
After parting ways with Yes in 1970, Banks had
a brief stint with a band called Blodwyn Pig and
shortly after formed Flash in which he released
three albums, 'Flash' (1972),
'Out Of Our Hands,' (1972) and
'In The Can' (1973).
Banks was also member of Empire and in the past
decade he performed as part of psychedelic improve trio
Harmony In Diversity as well as with
jazz-fusion outfit Self-Contained, witch also
featured Spanish keys-man Gonzalo
Banks also wrote, produced and recorded several solo albums in
his time, beginning with 'Two Sides of Peter
Banks' in 1973, which also featured Jan
Akkerman and Phil Collins. All in all
Banks released five solo albums in all.
Banks (15 July 1947 - 7 March 2013)