Original Yes Guitarist Peter Banks Dies Aged 65

Published 10 years ago on March 13, 2013

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Original Yes Guitarist Peter Banks Dies Aged 65-

Yes guitarist Peter Banks haspassed away at his London home, aged 65.

Banks, who founded the prog-rock outfit in 1968along with Jon Anderson and ChrisSquire, was originally a member of TheSyn and also played briefly with NeatChange. However, he became a mainstay of the progressiverock sound after featuring on two albums withYes, their self-titled debut release in 1969and the follow-up record 'Time And AWord' in 1970.

It was announced on Banks's website that he had died on March7th, and was found in his home after he failed to show up for arecording session.

A statement from fellow Yes band memberssaid:

"We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of fellowbandmate and founding Yes member, Peter Banks. He was a huge pieceof the fabric that made Yes what it is, and our thoughts, sincerecondolences and prayers are with him and his family. Peter, weshall miss you greatly."

After parting ways with Yes in 1970, Banks hada brief stint with a band called Blodwyn Pig andshortly after formed Flash in which he releasedthree albums, 'Flash' (1972),'Out Of Our Hands,' (1972) and'In The Can' (1973).

Banks was also member of Empire and in the pastdecade he performed as part of psychedelic improve trioHarmony In Diversity  as well as withjazz-fusion outfit Self-Contained, witch alsofeatured Spanish keys-man GonzaloCarrera.

Banks also wrote, produced and recorded several solo albums inhis time, beginning with 'Two Sides of PeterBanks' in 1973, which also featured JanAkkerman and Phil Collins. All in allBanks released five solo albums in all.


PeterBanks (15 July 1947 - 7 March 2013)

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