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'Architect of prog music' Peter Banks dies at home in High Barnet

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Father of prog rock: Peter Banks was one a founding member of progressive rock group, Yes

Father of prog rock: Peter Banks was one a founding member of progressive rock group, Yes

FRIENDS have paid tribute to a guitarist hailed as the “architect of progressive music”, who died at his home in High Barnet last Thursday.

Peter Banks, 65, of Alston Road, was one of the founding members of progressive rock group Yes, helping create the band’s first two albums Yes and Time and a Word.
The band, which still performs under a different line-up, released a statement saying it was “deeply saddened” by his passing.

After leaving Yes, he formed the rock group Flash, which released three albums in its two years and once played at New York’s Philharmonic Hall.

BBC DJ Danny Baker often called the musician, who continued as a solo artist until his death from heart failure, the architect of progressive music and in 2009 he was included in the Gibson list of “Ten Great Prog Rock Guitarists”.

After several years spent living in the USA, Peter moved back to his childhood home in Alston Road in 1996.

His manager and friend of 40 years, George Mizer, said that he had been working on a new album when he died.

He said: “Peter Banks will always be remembered as one of the pioneers of progressive rock guitar and will be missed by musicians worldwide.

“He may have down-played his influence but I was out there. He played with his heart and that was it.”

Producer Billy Sherwood added: “I loved working with Peter on the many records I have produced over the years. He always delivered amazing stuff, creative, inspires and always with that classic original Yes flavour that came with his playing.

“He will be missed by me and many, many other fans of his music and playing."
Mr Mizer said he was currently trying to trace Mr Banks’ ex wife, Cecilia Quino.


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