Chris Squire (bassiste de YES) nous a quitté (1948-2015). RIP.

Chris Squire, bassiste du groupe YES est décédé hier soir … 67 ans, leucémie thyroïdienne.


(c) Jerry & Lois Photography

Il reste le musicien qui a le plus marqué ma vie, influencé ce que je suis, m’a fait comprendre la notion de générosité sur une scène, face à un public.

(c) image Mélodie Past.

(c) image Mélodie Past.

L’artiste salue et quitte – définitivement – la scène. Plus qu’un modèle, une référence. L’avais encore vu sur scène à l’AB l’an dernier (mai 2014) avec YES.

Chris Squire, 1977

Chris Squire, 1977

(c) Rob Shahanan  Le YES 2015

(c) Rob Shahanan
Le YES 2015

Il est aussi probable que ce soit la fin de YES, même s’ils sont en tournée, avec Billy Sherwood à la basse (membre de YES et co-auteur de 2 albums avec Squire).


Lien vers les différents billets que je lui ai, leur ai consacré :


RIP Monsieur Squire, vous me manquerez. Fort.



11 réflexions sur “Chris Squire (bassiste de YES) nous a quitté (1948-2015). RIP.

  1. You by my side. Titre que je considère comme uen des plus belles chansons d’amour, sans guimauve. Ecrite et composée en 1975, que l’on peut retrouver sur l’album original « Fish out of Water »

  2. « Chris was a very special part of my life; we were musical brothers. He was an amazingly unique bass player – very poetic – and had a wonderful knowledge of harmony. We met at a certain time when music was very open, and I feel blessed to have created some wonderful, adventurous, music with him. Chris had such a great sense of humor… he always said he was Darth Vader to my Obiwan. I always thought of him as Christopher Robin to my Winnie the Pooh.

    We travelled a road less travelled and I’m so thankful that he climbed the musical mountains with me. Throughout everything, he was still my brother, and I’m so glad we were able to reconnect recently. I saw him in my meditation last night, and he was radiant. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.

    Love and light….. »

    Jon Anderson (chanteur de YES de1968 à 2010) –

  3. I knew, like many of us, that Chris was seriously ill with a rare form of leukaemia, but had heard the encouraging news that he was responding well to treatment and so felt optimistic that with treatment, love and prayer, he would beat it. Ironically I wrote to Paul Silveira, (the manager of YES), on Friday evening to enquire how Chris was and heard the desperately sad news yesterday. The phone has not stopped ringing and my inbox is overflowing with tributes from so many people which simply shows the effect that his contribution to music made to so many of us, musicians and fans alike.

    We have now lost, who for me, are the two greatest bass players classic rock has ever known. John Entwistle and now Chris. There can hardly be a bass player worth his salt who hasn’t been influenced by one or both of these great players.

    Chris took the art of making a bass guitar into a lead instrument to another stratosphere and coupled with his showmanship and concern for every single note he played, made him something special.

    Although Chris is no longer with us in human form, his music has not gone with him and that will be around long after all who read this will also have departed this mortal coil. That’s the great gift of music. That gift can be passed on with what has been created and so Chris will always live on.

    I, like all of you, send my heartfelt condolences to all Chris’s extended family and may there be some solace for them in knowing the impact he had on so many of us.

    Chris’s passing, truly marks the end of an era.

    Rick Wakeman, claviériste de YES sur de nombreux albums de 1974 à 2010
    28th June 2015

  4. « Hi everyone,
    I am about as sad as I could be.
    You all I’m sure know by now that Chris has passed.
    I spoke to him about a week ago, and we were still laughing together.
    Even though he had recently taken a turn for the worse, this was not totally unexpected, and the shock and sadness is extreme. I will miss him terribly.
    An era is over. Music has lost a one of a kind, and I have lost a dear friend and brother. RIP. »

    Trevor Rabin, guitariste, chanteur, producteur de YES entre 1983 et 1994.

  5. « I am devastated by the news of Chris Squire’s passing. A special pal and a man who defined the progressive genre. Open to all styles with a love of orchestras and choirs as well as thunderous rock, his passing leaves a huge hole in the heart of music. His ingenious sound was unique. Farewell my friend. I loved making the Squackett album with you and all the other projects we worked on together, including your recent work with me on Love Song to a Vampire… It feels like only yesterday. Thank you for all the good times. Saying you will be missed is a complete understatement, and my heart goes out to Scotty and all your family.
    Warmest wishes to all, »

    Steve Hackett, co fondateur avec Squire du groupe Squackett. Hackett a aussi fait partie de Genesis et a collaboré avec Squire à de nombreuses reprises – Chris jouant la basse sur de nombreux morceaux des albums solo de Hackett.

  6. « Really saddened to hear of the death of my old Yes band-mate, Chris Squire. I shall remember him fondly; one of the twin rocks upon which Yes was founded and, I believe, the only member to have been present and correct, Rickenbacker at the ready, on every tour. He and I had a working relationship built around our differences. Despite, or perhaps because of, the old chestnut about creative tension, it seemed, strangely, to work.

    He had an approach that contrasted sharply with the somewhat monotonic, immobile bass parts of today. His lines were important; counter-melodic structural components that you were as likely to go away humming as the top line melody; little stand-alone works of art in themselves. Whenever I think of him, which is not infrequently, I think of the over-driven fuzz of the sinewy staccato hits in Close to the Edge (6’04” and on) or a couple of minutes later where he sounds like a tuba (8’.00”). While he may have taken a while to arrive at the finished article, it was always worth waiting for. And then he would sing a different part on top.

    An individualist in an age when it was possible to establish individuality, Chris fearlessly staked out a whole protectorate of bass playing in which he was lord and master. I suspect he knew not only that he gave millions of people pleasure with his music, but also that he was fortunate to be able to do so. I offer sincere condolences to his family.

    Adios, partner. Bill. »

    Bill Bruford, batteur de YES de 1968 à 1974 et 1988-1991 aussi, avec le groupe « YES 2 » (sic) : Anderson, BRuford, Wakeman & Howe. A joué aussi sur « Fish out of Water » de Squire en 1975. A sa sortie de YES il rejoindra KIng Crimson.

  7. « Last night, with some old friends in distant places, I shared a conference call and toast to the memory of the great bassist Chris Squire. We discussed how we’d been deeply influenced by his music, we shared stories, favorite concerts and songs – and even realized that in a convoluted way we had only met each other, back in the early 80’s, because of Chris. He re-wrote the rules of playing bass lines, he gave his instrument a voice uniquely his, and he touched many of us with his music. What more can you aspire to. »

    Tony Levin, bassiste de KIng Crimson, Peter Gabriel, … et aussi le YES « Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe » (l’album et la tournée). Levin fait aussi partie du groupe « Levin, Torn, White » où il joue avec Alan White le batteur de YES depuis 1975

  8. Geoff Downes remembers Chris Squire:

    I have so many wonderful memories of working with Chris and many of those in recent years. We once spent an entire journey after a gig trying to remember all the lyrics to « my ol man’s a dustman » – we eventually gave up on that one! I’ll miss seeing him looking across the stage – a wink here and a wink there with that Mephistophelean grin particularly if something had gone slightly awry. He was a legendary bassist, loveable funny guy both on and off the stage. He took bass guitar to another level and inspired thousands of others, the undisputed king of the 4 strings. Many will cite Chris as the reason why they picked up the instrument in the first place. We became close over the last few years, and spent a lot of time together socially as well as on the tours. He was always greatly entertaining with his countless tales of rock and roll, and his own personal spin on life. Despite his imposing figure, he had a really soft, gentle and charitable side. Always magnanimous to band, crew and fans alike. Although essentially captain of the YES ship he displayed very much a laissez-faire attitude towards the band and a nonchalance to life in general. I am eternally grateful that he was a great advocate of my playing and encouraged my own musical contributions. I learnt an enormous amount and gained great confidence from his support. Many of the funny stories were from airports. His lateness was famous. Back on the Drama tour, we had a private jet and suitcases were always collected early from outside hotel room. Chris had somehow packed his trousers and shirt, turned up at the airport and got on the plane wearing just a long jacket and underpants. « Sorry I’m late » he said, without the slightest hint anything was untoward. Another time we were all waiting to go on stage and – no Chris. Thus followed a panic to find out where he was. He had apparently fallen asleep in the bath and had to get the fire marshall to break down his hotel room door. We ended up taking the stage an hour late, with Chris arriving asking « is there a problem »? But one thing for sure is that he always delivered. The stage was his world. His attention to the minutest details of the music was immense – you certainly couldn’t get away with playing the wrong inversions of the chords anywhere, or anything out of line. He would come over with his inimitable casual fashion and point out ’that’s not quite right’. As a person he loved life to the full – a glass of wine, fine food, tennis, motor racing, and an enthusiast for everything musical. His thunderous bass rig with the sub Taurus pedals rattling the stages was legendary – the ‘wall of doom’ as it was known housing some 30 speakers dominating an entire side of the stage. He was one of the few bassists who had the audacity to pick up a triple-necked instrument without the slightest hint of irony, and, probably the only one who could actually play the bloody thing! A musician’s musician. A genius. I’m going to miss him greatly.

    Geoffrey Downes, actuel claviériste de Yes (2009- …) et 1980-1981. Membre fondateur des Buggles et de Asia.

  9. Je devrais avoir honte car je ne connais pas du tout. mais je n’ai pas trop honte parce que je ne connais pas grand chose en musique de toute façon… 😦

    • Pourquoi honte? Le monde des connaissances est tellement vaste … je suis archi nul en connaissances jardins ou fleurs…

      Cultivons ce que nous aimons, nous apprendrons à nous connaître nous mêmes … un peu 😉

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