Bass legend Chris Squire has been diagnosed with an uncommon form of leukemia called Acute Erythroid Leukemia, according to a post on the Yes website. The bassist, who co-founded the influential prog-rock band, will be receiving treatment in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona during the next few months.
Squire’s treatment will force him to sit out of the band’s upcoming North American summer tour with Toto. Former Yes touring member Billy Sherwood will fill the bassist’s spot.
“This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that YES will have performed live without me,” Squire stated. “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.”
We’re wishing a speedy recovery to Mr. Squire!