Chris Squire’s old bandmate in Yes, drummer Bill Bruford, retired from music in 2009. Don’t look for the tireless bassist to go gently into that good night any time soon.
Bruford, who left Yes in 1972 to join fellow prog-rock pioneers King Crimson, was just 60 years old when he called it quits. Meanwhile, his 64-year-old former rhythm-section partner remains the only member of Yes to appear on each of its more than two dozen albums.
Squire led the group through 2011’s Fly From Here, then issued a collaboration this year with former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett.
In between, Yes has continued a rigorous touring schedule.
Squire, to put a fine point on it, isn’t about to slow down. In fact, during a talk with George Varga of UT-San Diego, Squire was bursting with plans as Yes nears its 45th anniversary.
“I was surprised when Bill announced he was retiring from performing,” Squire admits. “I didn’t think musicians ever really retired until they were retired by natural causes.”
Squire told Varga that he is eager to return to the studio, as Yes has begun touring this year with a new frontman, Jon Davison of Glass Hammer. Slowing down? Heck, Squire might just be speeding up.
“I don’t know. Did Bill retire to do something else? ‘I think I’ll retire from playing bass guitar and become a hair dresser.’ But good luck to him,” Squire said. “I’m enjoying playing music as much as I ever have, and creating new music and playing live to people who still love to hear the music Yes does. I’m grateful.”
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