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Musicians Pay Tribute To YES Drummer ALAN WHITE

Numerous well-known musicians from world wide have taken to social media to pay tribute to YES drummer Alan White, who died yesterday (Thursday, Could 26) after a brief sickness. He was 72.

The musician, born in County Durham, England, handed away in the US, his household mentioned in an announcement shared on his Fb web page.

Alan White, our beloved husband, dad, and grandpa, handed away on the age of 72 at his Seattle-area residence on Could 26, 2022, after a short sickness,” the assertion learn.

“All through his life and six-decade profession, Alan was many issues to many individuals: a licensed rock star to followers world wide; band mate to a choose few, and gentleman and buddy to all who met him.”

White‘s YES bandmates mentioned in an announcement that they have been “shocked and surprised” by information of his demise, including that he had been trying ahead to celebrating his fiftieth anniversary with the band on a U.Okay. tour. They mentioned they are going to dedicate their “Shut To The Edge” U.Okay. tour in June to their “much-loved drummer.”

White‘s former YES bandmate Rick Wakeman wrote on Twitter: “I used to be so unhappy to listen to in regards to the passing of Alan yesterday. He was such a delicate soul… besides when behind his drum equipment the place he was so highly effective and inventive. I’ll miss you brother.”

Artist and activist Yoko Ono, who was married to the late John Lennon and labored with White within the PLASTIC ONO BAND, remembered him as a “fantastic drummer who was a vital a part of the sound of Think about, Prompt Karma! and extra recordings.” She added: “He was all the time light, sort & good humored. We have been blessed he was a part of our household.”

White lately celebrated the fortieth anniversary of his marriage to his loving spouse Gigi.

Alan was born in 1949 in County Durham. Numerous well being setbacks, since 2016, had restricted Alan‘s time on stage with YES on latest excursions with Jay Schellen filling in and Alan becoming a member of the band, to nice applause, in direction of the tip of every set.

Alan was thought-about to be one of many biggest rock drummers of all time and joined YES in 1972 for the “Shut To The Edge” tour. He had beforehand labored with John Lennon‘s PLASTIC ONO BAND after a name, in 1969, to play on the Toronto Rock Competition. Alan continued working with Lennon together with on the “Think about” album and with George Harrison on “All Issues Should Cross”. He additionally labored with a number of different musicians, over time, together with Ginger Baker‘s AIR FORCE, Joe Cocker, Gary Wright, Doris Troy and Billy Preston, to call however a couple of. Alan White was inducted into the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame as a member of YES in 2017.

Fashioned in 1968 by Jon Anderson and the late and much-missed Chris Squire, YES has been some of the revolutionary, influential and best-loved bands in rock music historical past. Their Nineteen Seventies albums “The Sure Album”, “Fragile”, “Shut To The Edge”, “Yessongs” (a triple dwell album set),“Tales From Topographic Oceans”, “Relayer” and “Going For The One” have been ground-breaking in musical model and content material. Their music additionally turned synonymous with artist Roger Dean, whose distinctive YES emblem design and art work adorned the lavish gatefold presentation sleeves of many YES albums.

With gross sales of over 50 million data, the Grammy Award-winning YES was inducted into the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame in 2017, the place they carried out “Roundabout” from the album “Fragile” and the FM radio-friendly “Proprietor Of A Lonely Coronary heart” from the 1985 album “90125”.

In 2021, YES launched its twenty second studio album, “The Quest”, produced by Steve Howe, which went to No. 1 within the U.Okay. rock chart and entered the official U.Okay. album chart at No. 20.

Sure drummer Alan White slips away. From Invoice:

Alan was a correct Geordie – regular, highly effective, no nonsense, most likely…

Posted by Invoice Bruford on Friday, Could 27, 2022

RIP Alan White. A massively influential but an usually below appreciated drummer. Most know him for his stellar work with…

Posted by Glen Sobel on Friday, Could 27, 2022

Ugh, one other stinger so as to add to the day, this one is extra private =(

I used to be simply knowledgeable we misplaced the nice Alan White,…

Posted by Jeff Scott Soto on Thursday, Could 26, 2022

Pondering of drummer Alan White, who handed away yesterday. Alan performed within the progressive rock band Sure and was featured on John Lennon’s “Think about,” amongst numerous different recordings.

Posted by Brian Wilson on Friday, Could 27, 2022

I’m so very sorry to listen to of the passing of Alan White… he was an unimaginable drummer, and he performed an influential…

Posted by John Lodge on Thursday, Could 26, 2022

We’re unhappy to listen to of the passing of Alan White. What an incredible, nice drummer. Our ideas are together with his household, bandmates, and mates. RIP Alan!

Posted by Foghat on Thursday, Could 26, 2022

RIP Alan White! Whereas Alan left us with a lot nice drumming, that is a few of my fave from him! What a sound! What a…

Posted by Brian Tichy on Friday, Could 27, 2022

One of many nice drummers Alan White of Sure has handed away. 18 February 1974 I watched Alan at Madison sq. backyard…

Posted by Steve Stevens on Thursday, Could 26, 2022

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