Chris Squire Diagnosed with Leukemia

Chris Squire

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!

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  1. I will keep Chris in my prayers and I hope this doesn’t stick around very long for him.
    I lost my best friend to a advanced form of leukemia not long ago and I miss him dearly.

  2. I am a bass player and a leukemia survivor. Wishing him the best and prayers for a quick recovery!

  3. Mike Matthews

    Prayers going out to Chris. God Bless.

  4. In my humble opinion, Yes’ 1983 track ‘Our Song’ from the album 90125, has THE best recorded bass pick-tone ever recorded. Please get well Mr. Squire. We’re all with you.

  5. Peter

    I have been a fan since 1973, i wish his family my sincere condolences , he was one hell of a base player he will be sourly missed xx