YES Drummer ALAN WHITE Dead At 72

Alan White, YES‘s much-loved drummer and buddy of fifty years, has handed away, aged 72, after a brief sickness. He died peacefully at house.

Alan had been wanting ahead to YES‘s upcoming U.Ok. tour, to celebrating his Fiftieth anniversary with the band and their iconic “Shut To The Edge” album, the place Alan‘s journey with YES started in July 1972.

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

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

Alan was thought-about to be one of many best 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 Pageant. 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, through the years, together with Ginger Baker‘s AIR FORCE, Joe Cocker, Gary Wright, Doris Troy and Billy Preston, to call however just a few. Alan White was inducted into the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame as a member of YES in 2017.

YES will dedicate its Fiftieth-anniversary “Shut To The Edge” U.Ok. tour in June to White.

Fashioned in 1968 by Jon Anderson and the late and much-missed Chris Squire, YES has been probably the most revolutionary, influential and best-loved bands in rock music historical past. Their Seventies albums “The Sure Album”, “Fragile”, “Shut To The Edge”, “Yessongs” (a triple reside album set),“Tales From Topographic Oceans”, “Relayer” and “Going For The One” had been ground-breaking in musical fashion and content material. Their music additionally turned synonymous with artist Roger Dean, whose distinctive YES brand 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.Ok. rock chart and entered the official U.Ok. album chart at No. 20.

Photograph credit score: Jerry And Lois Pictures

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