Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Yes bassist Chris Squire diagnosed with leukemia

Yes bassist Chris Squire will undergo treatment after being diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

Squire will receive treatment in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona over the next few months.

Yes alumnus Billy Sherwood will step in for Squire on the band’s previously scheduled summer tour of North America with Toto and will perform on the Cruise To The Edge event in November.

“This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me,” says Squire. “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.”

This week, Yes released “Progeny: Seven Shows From Seventy-Two”, a 14-disc box set featuring seven concerts from a fall 1972 tour in support of their 5th studio album, “Close To The Edge.”

Ahead of the summer tour, Yes will release a new live set, “Like It Is – Yes At The Mesa Arts Center”, on July 3 in Europe and July 10 in North America.

Available in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and Digital formats – with vinyl to follow at a later date – the package presents material from the band’s August 12, 2014 show at the Ikeda Theater in Mesa, AZ.

See also:

Yes to release 2014 live set
VIDEO: Yes preview Progeny package
Yes announce North American tour with Toto
Yes to release 1972 live recordings
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