Peter Banks dies: Lead guitarist and founding member of 'Yes'

Peter Banks dies: A founding member of the British rock band, Yes, passed on March 7. Peter Banks was consided a pioneer of progressive rock guitar.

By , Reuters

Peter Banks, a founding member of the British progressive rock band "Yes" and its original guitarist, has died at his home in London. He was 65.

A statement on Banks' website said he died on March 7 and was found in his home after he failed to show up for a recording session.

Widely considered a pioneer of progressive rock guitar, his loss was mourned in a statement by fellow band members from Yes, which was formed in 1968. "We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of fellow bandmate and founding Yes member, Peter Banks," the statement said.

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"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," the statement said.

Former bandmate Billy Sherman wrote on his Facebook page:

"Rest In Peace..... Peter Banks. 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 !!!"

According to an official press release, Banks performed on the first two albums from Yes, which was known for its symphonic style and complex instrumentation.
Banks went on to form Flash and released three well-received albums with that group before forming another new band called Empire.
He released five solo albums over the course of his career. ( Editing by Todd Eastham)

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