To describe Chris Squire’s relationship to fellow bassist Billy Sherwood as influential would be an understatement. Not only did the Yes bassist and co-founder pull the younger artist into his prog-rock band but the two collaborated memorably in their own separate group Conspiracy. Clearly, these two musicians clicked. That musical exchange hasn’t ended with Squire’s untimely death from leukemia in 2015 either: Not only has Sherwood furthered Squire’s legacy by taking on the bassist duties in Yes but he’s also put out a star-packed tribute album honoring his friend: A Life in Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute. More on all of this below.
Q: Your collaborative relationship with the late bassist Chris Squire dates back to the 1980s. How did you two actually meet?
A: We were introduced by Derek Shullman… lead singer of Gentle Giant and at that time a record company executive. Chris had heard the demos of my then band World Trade and was interested in meeting and working together on new music. We went out to dinner, became fast friends and the rest is history as they say.
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A Life In Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute
A heartfelt and masterful musical salute to the longtime bassist of prog rock legends Yes, Chris Squire!
Produced by Squire’s friend and frequent collaborator Billy Sherwood with amazing contributions from Todd Rundgren, Steve Porcaro (Toto), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Sonja Kistina (Curved Air), Patrick Moraz (Yes/The Moody Blues), Steve Stevens, Dweezil Zappa, and more!
Includes 2 bonus tracks: one from the prog supergroup The Prog Collective, and one from the massively popular Pink Floyd tribute album Back Against The Wall!
Available on both CD and vinyl!
1. Jon Davison & Patrick Moraz – On The Silent Wings Of Freedom
2. Steve Hogarth & Larry Fast – Hold Out Your Hand
3. Annie Haslam – Onward
4. David Sancious & Steve Stevens – South Side Of The Sky
5. Sonja Kristina – The Fish
6. Steve Porcaro & Steve Hackett – The More We Live – Let Go
7. Jon Davison & Tony Kaye – Parallels
8. Nikki Squire & Dweezil Zappa – Owner Of A Lonely Heart
9. Todd Rundgren, John Wesley & Tony Kaye – Roundabout
10. Candice Night & Brian Auger – Don’t Kill The Whale
11. The Prog Collective – The Technical Divide
12. Chris Squire – Comfortably Numb