Peter Banks dies: Former Yes guitarist Peter Banks died last week, it was confirmed Tuesday.
Peter Banks, the former, original guitarist for progressive rock band Yes, died last week at his home in London, according to his website. He was 65.
Banks, who has been called “The Architect of Progressive Music,” played on the band’s first two albums, “Yes” and “Time And a Word.” Banks later formed the band Flash, recording three albums with them, and he later recorded as a solo artist.
“We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of fellow bandmate and founding Yes member, Peter Banks. He was a huge piece of the fabric that made Yes what it is, and our thoughts, sincere condolences, and prayers are with him and his family. Peter, we shall miss you greatly,” Yes said in a statement published on Banks’ website.
The website said that he died of heart failure after he did not show up for a recording session.
“Peter Banks will always be remembered as one of the pioneers of progressive rock guitar and will be missed by musicians worldwide,” it adds.
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