July 15, 1947-March 8, 2013
Peter Banks, original guitarist for Yes, was found dead in his home in London last week. The news of Banks' death was announced today. The former Yes guitarist's cause of death is unknown but some sources are reporting that Banks died from heart failure. Banks was a founding member of Yes when the band formed in 1968 along with singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, drummer Bill Bruford, and keyboardist Tony Kaye. Banks played on the band's first two albums (Yes and Time and a Word) before being fired in 1970. He was replaced by guitarist Steve Howe. Banks would go on to have a solo career and join bands such as Flash and Empire.
It is sad to hear of Peter's death. I'm not a huge Yes fan but it is sad to hear that someone from Yes has died. I'll have to check out those first two albums sometime soon.