Skip to comments.Peter Banks, guitarist from British band Yes, dies at 65
Posted on 03/14/2013 2:56:09 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Peter Banks, a founding member of the British progressive rock band Yes and its original guitarist, has died at his home in London. He was 65.
A statement on Banks website said he died on March 7 and was found in his home after he failed to show up for a recording session.
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That was Steve Howe
Steve Howe is one amazing musician.
There are some great links on YouTube. I bought the DVD and it was worth every penny.
Take a straight and stronger course to the corner of your life.
Make the white queen run so fast she hasn’t got time to make you a wife.
Life is Fragile.
Nice Rickenbacker guitar.
“Soon” by Yes (live in 2002).
He was their guitarist before they broke it big with ‘The Yes Album’. In a way he was Yes’ Pete Best.
Rockers live the hard life. Sex, drugs, and booze. The human body needs proper care and rest, even in your 20s.
YES is one of my favorite bands. Relayer is awesome.
Rest in peace Peter Banks
Yes - Roundabout
Here is some Yes video that actually does have Peter in it.
Thanks. Those guys were incredible.
Man, now that is sad. He had bad MS for a long time too. I liked his drumming style better than Nicko’s.
Pete left right after “Time and a Word’ came out, ironically they put the picture with Steve Howe on it, even though he didn’t play on the record.
March 14, 2013 at 12:01 am
A week after his death, body of original Yes guitarist Peter Banks reportedly still unclaimed...
Starting at 4:35 in this video is some of the best rock and roll ever recorded.
I know it’s been days since this was initially posted, but I didn’t have time to respond initially and feel compelled to write something out of respect for Peter’s contributions.
I have great respect and admiration for Peter Bank’s’ talent and contributions. Steve Howe is one of my favorite guitarists, and I therefore never paid that much attention to the work that Peter did before Steve joined Yes - until a few years ago. I was curious, and went back to listen to Peter’s stuff. He was great, and had a very unique style in his own right. If not for his contributions, the ongoing saga of Yes might not have happened. He got poorly treated in many ways, and deserves respect for what he accomplished.
I guess he died poor.
In a Roundabout way, yes. I mean, Yes.
That’s tragic, and it really upsets me that his ex band mates aren’t jumping in to help.
They probably don’t care.
It’s very sad.
Reminds me a lot of the case of Anthony Phillips of Genesis. Tresspass, his last album, before Steve Hackett took his place, is still one of my favorites. And it seems that Hackett in many ways just simply adopted Ant’s style.
If you think that it's pretentious, you've been taken for a ride.
Great example. Life is like that. There are many, many people who never get the credit they deserve. I guess the take home message is that you have to know in your heart what you’ve contributed, and not live and die on what others recognize. There will always be, however, people like you who know the real score and see the greatness in those who might not have been properly recognized.
The question has been resolved: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=1006032901599
I am probably in the minority that thinks “Drama” was one of their best albums, even with that Buggles guy. Tempus Fugit is one of my all-time favorites. Squire just kills it on the bass.
They never heard of ELO, I see. ;)
Actually been playing a lot of ELO recently, especially Eldorado. I miss pretentiousness.
I played in a band that opened for ELO once. Jeff Lynne wasn’t there. They were still a lot better than we were, hahaha.
Actually, I’d have to go with Dennis Leary on pretentiousness....
Like R.E.M. Shiny Happy People Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey! Pull that bus over to the side of the pretentiousness turnpike, alright!? I want everybody off the bus. I want the shiny people over here, and the happy people over here, ok! I represent angry gun-toting meat-eating people, alright! Sit down and shut the .... up Michael!
I agree,Drama was a great album.Loved Machine Messiah and I think Chris Squire was the star of the entire album.
Having said that,Close to the Edge and Going for the One would have to be their best.
My top 3 Yes tunes...
Heart Of The Sunrise
Long Distance Runaround/The Fish
Ah yes, “Love that ELO” (Randy Newman). The pretentious Rock Hall of Fame is very crowded. Perhaps we oughta start a thread and piss off the fans of Pink Floyd, Journey and Boston, to start with.
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