Brian May, Tom Morello and other music stars react to death of Yes bassist Chris Squire

The musician passed away from acute erythroid leukemia on Sunday (June 28)

Famous musicians have reacted to the news of Yes bassist Chris Squire passing away.

Squire formed the prog-rock band with singer Jon Anderson in 1968 and was the only member of the group to feature on all 21 of their studio albums.

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Also a member of the supergroup XYZ, alongside Yes’ Alan White and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Squire passed away from acute erythroid leukemia on Sunday (June 28). He was 67.

Responding to the news, many artists have paid tribute. Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello wrote: “RIP Chris Squire, super bassist of Yes. An extremely talented musician’s musician who mastered his instrument and took it to new realms.”

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler said: “Shocked to hear of the passing of Chris Squire, one of the great bass players. RIP”.

Meanwhile, Brian May tweeted “RIP Chris Squire”, before describing him as a “great guy”. Gene Simmons added that Squire “will be missed”.

See a collection of messages below.

Yes have released a statement confirming Squire’s death. It reads: “For the entirety of Yes’ existence, Chris was the band’s linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years.”

“Because of his phenomenal bass-playing prowess, Chris influenced countless bassists around the world, including many of today’s well-known artists. Chris was also a fantastic songwriter, having written and co-written much of Yes’ most endearing music, as well as his solo album, ‘Fish Out of Water’.”

“Outside of Yes, Chris was a loving husband to Scotty and father to Carmen, Chandrika, Camille, Cameron, and Xilan. With his gentle, easy-going nature, Chris was a great friend of many… including each of us. But he wasn’t merely our friend: he was also part of our family and we shall forever love and miss him.”

The first show of Yes’ upcoming tour with Toto, on August 7, will be their first ever Yes concert performed without Squire.