Ray Koob looks back on Chris Squire, and shares some memories on what would have been the birthday of this legendary rockstar.
Today would've been Chris Squire's 68th birthday. As one of the founders of Yes, Chris was the torch bearer, the one who was a part of every incarnation of the band from 1968 through to his passing on June 27, 2015. From his days in the band Syn, Chris was a visionary, who helped form a new musical genre, who created integral parts of a sound we had not heard before.
His thundering Rickenbacker bass filled every song in every arena for many years! Dubbed "The Fish," he embraced his role in ways not many bass players had, laying down more than the counter rhythm to the drummer. Along the way, he worked with some very special drummers, by the way.
He oversaw the comings and goings of Anderson, and Steve Howe, among others, always dedicated to moving Yes forward to the next album, decade or millennium!
In 2008, at the band's 40th anniversary, Squire forged a move forward with a new singer, Benoit David, since Jon Anderson's acute asthma made him incompatible with Yes' heavy touring schedule. The decision, and whatever strained feelings it caused between Jon and Chris, was tempered by both old friends staying open to working together while never actually doing so.
I interviewed Jon Anderson, the voice and spirit of Yes, after Chris' death, and I found some closure in regard to his passing in Jon's telling of his final interaction with his friend, and brother. Happy birthday, big guy! The party's just not the same without you!
You can also hear about Ray Koob's adventures with YES on a recent 'On The Record' Podcast, available here.