Founding Member Of Yes, Peter Banks, Dies At 65

Guitarist Peter Banks, a founding member of seminal 1970s prog rock band Yes, passed away on March 8 at his home in London at the age of 65. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

Banks co-founded Yes with his former the Syn bandmate Chris Squire in 1968 and played on the group's self-titled debut album and the follow-up Time and a Word.

Former Yes bandmate Billy Sherwood wrote on Facebook: "Peter very recently played on the new prog collective 2 project I'm writing/producing, as well as the days between stations record I worked on. As a Yes fan . . . this is sad news indeed. It was an honor to work with Peter on many productions. He will be missed!!!"

Banks collaborator and former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett tweeted: "I'm sorry to hear of Peter Banks' passing . . . a great pal and a great guitarist."

The guitarist quit Yes in 1970 and went on to found Flash. He also performed and recorded with Zox & the Radar Boys, which featured a young Phil Collins.

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