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Chris Squire

Christopher Russell Edward Squire was an English musician, singer and songwriter best known as the bassist, backing vocalist and a founding member of the progressive rock band Yes. He was the longest-serving original member, having remained in the band until his death and appearing on every studio album released from 1969 to 2014. In 2017, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Yes.

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The Seventies were just an interesting time for us because we were building the brand of the name but also varying the style of the music on each of the albums we did. Very creative time of us.
'90125' was our biggest-selling album worldwide.
Steve Hackett is a very underrated writer and actually a very good singer. — © Chris Squire
Steve Hackett is a very underrated writer and actually a very good singer.
I was working in a music store in London, and this particular place happened to be the importers for Rickenbacker guitars into England. So I started seeing these basses coming in.
We did do the whole of the live suite from 'Fly From Here,' and that was very enjoyable to do. In fact, that is actually our longest piece of music, I think, that we'd ever done.
'Onward' was a song I wrote in Montreux, in Switzerland, when we were there camping out for the whole winter. In the summer, Montreux is a really, really big summertime-touristy, full-of-life kind of place. In the winter, it closes down.
People are used to us being onstage for a while.
It depends on various things like if the promoters want to have a break so they can sell more T-shirts and booze, then they ask if we can do an interval. I personally prefer not to do that. Once you get onstage, I like to stay there.
In many ways, I think about the possibility that there could still be a Yes in 100 or 200 years from now, just like a live symphony orchestra.
I have never played anything live - except for a few special occasions - from 'Fish Out of Water.'
We started Yes as a vehicle to develop everyone's individual styles.
It's not beyond the possibility that there still could be a YES in 200 years' time... of course with different members, unless the medical profession comes up with something extraordinary.
I've been called the journeyman. It's really more by default than it is by design. — © Chris Squire
I've been called the journeyman. It's really more by default than it is by design.
Look how far the human race has come in terms of air and space travel in the last hundred years. So in the next couple of thousand years, you've got to believe that we're going to be able to do all kinds of amazing things.
In many ways I think 'Fly From Here' is a return to classic Yes; people seem to have been really enjoying it, integrated into the set along with the old material.
In a way, that's always been Yes' history to a large extent! Quite a few occasions when we've had a new band member or change in members, then we've done a new album with new chops and refreshed the musical approach.
The band will be going along, and somebody or another will say, 'I want to go off and do a solo career.'... They come back, and other people come in.
The idea of 'Yes on Broadway' has come up. It would reflect the history of Yes.
I thought, 'Wow, if we could have a career that was five or six years long, that would be fantastic.' And, of course, never even thinking it would still be something I'd be doing in 45 years.
I know I always worked hard on making sure we came out with the best possible product and of course we were working with four other people, you have to balance that as well.
Over the years, Yes actually made 20 albums of original studio material.
I think partly the problem with Yes - and I've had this discussion with people from the Hall of Fame in the past - is that it's going to be difficult to decide how many of the members of Yes you're gonna put in it and how many you're not because of the extensive membership of the band through the years.
You can't ever really replace Jon Anderson because he's been such a force in the music business.
The Beatles had a six-year career, from 1963 to 1969, which - to me, in my early 20s - seemed like a phenomenally long time.
I hope, after I'm gone, there will still be a Yes.
Strangely enough, 'I've Seen All Good People' is, I think, the second most played Yes song on American radio after 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart.' And then I think 'Roundabout' is third.
I guess the idea of doing albums in their entirety, in sequence, appeals to people. I guess it's the memory of being able to hear the music in the way it was originally presented.
The other guys and myself have agreed that Billy Sherwood will do an excellent job of covering my parts, and the show as a whole will deliver the same Yes experience that our fans have come to expect over the years.
Pull the good out of it and not worry about the drawbacks.
I think what the story of Yes has been is we've wandered in and out of different styles over the years.
I think it was 'Tales of Topographic Oceans' on 8-track that was the funniest thing because it would fade out in the middle of a song and fade back in again, and when the tracks change, it was quite amusing.
With how huge Yes was, especially in the '70s and '80s, as a touring band and actually playing at the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia to 130,000 people, which is the biggest-paying show ever in rock history, you would think we'd done enough for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
We've done very different Yes albums - 11 bars, 13. I think we had something that had 17/4 in it. It's just like anything - the more you do it, the more you have to do it.
Being called a 'music legend' is a very funny thing. It's nice to know that my work has been appreciated and that people have given me that status. On a personal level, however, I can't think about it too much. It means a lot... but then it doesn't.
The way Yes works is when we have a new member come in, as in Jon Davison, it's appropriate that we see what differences we can get out of a new contributing member in order to keep Yes interesting.
Because of all the various people who've come in and out and brought along ideas, I've been on a learning curve throughout all these years. Of course, everyone that's been involved has influenced me as well. And I'm grateful for that.
I couldn't get session work because most musicians hated my style.
Of course, Paul McCartney's sound is different from mine, but it's the way you hear things, really. — © Chris Squire
Of course, Paul McCartney's sound is different from mine, but it's the way you hear things, really.
We've never been to Israel. I'd like to play in Israel.
I've had to replace parts in the basses when they've gotten old or worn out, so everything isn't absolutely original.
There's been talk of YES possibly doing something on Broadway in New York. People have approached me with that idea, and there are discussions about that.
The fact I've been in every lineup of Yes has been more by default than design.
I wouldn't object to working with any former member of Yes, really.
I learned to do a few tricks that other people hadn't done before. I developed that trebly bass thing a little further.
After awhile, you start realizing that change is good for you. It's healthy.
'Close To The Edge,' we actually had played it from beginning to end before we recorded it in the studio. So we knew how long it was, and we knew it would fit on the album fine, so we didn't do any editing.
'Drama' was put together quickly; there were a lot of intense, 16-hour days. Despite the pressure, it was a lot of fun, and the end result was an album I'm very proud of.
Touring is a tough business. — © Chris Squire
Touring is a tough business.
Usually, when we go out, it's because we made a new studio album, and that becomes the focus of the tour throughout the world for a year or so.
A nightmare is two bassists on stage.
On our studio album 'Fly From Here' in 2011, we spent a year and a half promoting that around the world.
I guess I've become very accustomed to playing in the 7/4, which is something we've done quite a lot.
I think the first three Rickenbacker basses were imported around 1964. Pete Quaife, the bassist for The Kinks, bought one. Then John Entwistle from The Who bought one. As for the third one, I asked the manager of the store if I could get an employee discount. He said I could, and so I picked up that one.
I've always been a great believer that you have to keep producing new things in order to keep life interesting - not only for ourselves, but for the audience as well. That's really always been our principle and way of working.
It's been a long time since we've been out there playing new material, and we have really enjoyed that. Of course we still enjoy playing the Yes standards as well, but it's great to have a bit of a challenge and pull off new material.
Persistence is a pretty important part of making it in this business, which, in retrospect, is the easy part. Maintaining a profile is the difficult part of the job. Somehow or another, I muddled through that system and somehow am around to still enjoy playing for people.
You're only as big as your last hit.
I really believe that the aliens are us from the future. It seems to me a very plausible reason that explains a lot of phenomena as opposed to green men with one eye from outer space.
All movies, when they're about the music business, tend to have a bit of a wide latitude in terms of how things really were.
I like the Foo Fighters a lot - apart from them being friends of mine as well. They're definitely a fantastic live act to see: so much energy and possibly even bigger in Europe than they are in the U.S., and that's great.
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