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Topic: Peter Banks (Yes, Flash)...R.I.P.
Posted By: cstack3
Subject: Peter Banks (Yes, Flash)...R.I.P.
Date Posted: March 11 2013 at 23:58
I'm very saddened to learn that one of my favorite guitarists, Peter Banks, apparently passed away on 10 March, 2013.  

This was reported on Facebook via Notes From The Edge:

https://www.facebook.com/NotesFromtheEdge?ref=stream" rel="nofollow - Notes From the Edge
RIP Peter Banks, who apparently passed away yesterday. This is what others have seen and am trying to get more details, and will add links when I get them. Am very saddened to hear this news.

Guitar Legend Peter Banks Passes – July 15, 1947 – March 8, 2013
London, UK - Best known for his innovative and unique guitar work with YES and Flash, as well as his own critically acclaimed solo albums, guitar legend Peter Banks passed away at his home in London on March 10, 2013.
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Damn!  I have one personal note from Peter and a couple of emails....condolences to his family and friends.  



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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 00:08
Very sad news ... RIP. Cry


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Posted By: valravennz
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 00:20
Cry Very sad to hear this news. Condolences to his family..R.I.P.

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Posted By: Adams Bolero
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 00:21
We're lost Kevin Ayers, Alvin Lee and now Peter Banks all in the space of a month.Unhappy

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Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 00:21

Yet another sad blow to come home to - guess it's Time and a Word this eve...........R.I.P. Peter.



Posted By: ProgMetaller2112
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 00:26
Noooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! Cry  I'm gonna start listening to YES and TIME AND A WORD NOW!!. It was him who played on Astral Traveller

What the hell is going on with Prog Musicians passing away Unhappy

On a lighter and happier note:

Anyone remember Survival Big smile "all that dies, dies for a reason to put it's strength into the season" Wink

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Posted By: Eria Tarka
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 01:08
Terrible news, those Yes albums had their charm. RIP

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Posted By: Dayvenkirq
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 01:24
Originally posted by Adams Bolero Adams Bolero wrote:

We're lost Kevin Ayers, Alvin Lee and now Peter Banks all in the space of a month.Unhappy
Yeah, that blows @#$%. All during the same season. ... Why, god, why?!

Anyway, he may not be as much of a hotshot as Mr. Fripp, but ... the man was about concise rock-n'-roll using simpler means. Sometimes it's great to jam in his solo spots. I've noticed that there's been a lot Peter in my playing.





RIP, man. ... Jesus.


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Posted By: ProgMetaller2112
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 01:26
Originally posted by Dayvenkirq Dayvenkirq wrote:

Originally posted by Adams Bolero Adams Bolero wrote:

We're lost Kevin Ayers, Alvin Lee and now Peter Banks all in the space of a month.Unhappy
Yeah, that blows @#$%. All during the same season. ... Why, god, why?!

Anyway, he may not be as much of a hotshot as Mr. Fripp, but ... the man was about concise rock-n'-roll using simpler means. Sometimes it's great to jam in his solo spots. I've noticed that there's been a lot Peter in my playing.





RIP, man. ... Jesus.


Angry  geesh!. Lose that arrogance Kingtucky Fripp Chimson. Nevermind, you Kingtucky Fripp Chimsons will never learn!


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Posted By: kplloyd
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 01:43
Major bummer.  I wonder how many people know ... he coined Yes' name.


Posted By: lazland
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 01:52
Oh dear. RIP.

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Posted By: KingCrInuYasha
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 02:05
Originally posted by kplloyd kplloyd wrote:

Major bummer.  I wonder how many people know ... he coined Yes' name.


Really? Wow.

A shame he left Yes so soon. Some of his playing sounds a bit like Steve Howe; for example, the classical bit in the bridge of "Astral Traveler". I wonder how he would have developed if he had gotten a bit more to breathe during the Time And A Word sessions.

Oh well. There's still the stuff he did with Flash and The Two Sides Of Peter Banks for me to look in to.




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Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 02:44
RIP

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Posted By: irrelevant
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 03:06
RIP Peter Unhappy

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Posted By: rdtprog
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 04:08
I was just posting his video with Yes the other day, and thinking how it was cool! Sad news!

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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 05:18
This is absolutely terrible news. A  great talent. A much under appreciated guitarist.Cry

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Posted By: Gerinski
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 06:05
RIP Peter Cry




Posted By: The Doctor
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 07:14
Oh wow.  Terrible news.  I loved his work on TAAW and with Flash.  RIP Peter.  Unhappy

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Posted By: chopper
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 07:38
More sad news, they seem to be coming thick and fast lately.
 
Will play "Survival" as a tribute tonight.


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Posted By: HolyMoly
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 07:48
The word "underappreciated" almost seems to have been invented to apply to people like Peter.  A fine guitarist, and a sad loss for the music world.

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Posted By: The Doctor
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 07:48
I may bring out "Can I Play You Something".  Used to love that album and it's been awhile since I've heard it.  Will play it tonight in tribute. Will probably give Two Sides a spin as well, that was one of the great instrumental prog albums of the 70's. 


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Posted By: CPicard
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 08:07
Damn. Sad news.


Posted By: lucas
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 08:17

He not only left Yes too soon, he also left us too soon !!

RIP


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Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 08:34
This is sad news.  With all of the members that have passed through the ranks of Yes, is he the first to die?

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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 08:49
Originally posted by rushfan4 rushfan4 wrote:

This is sad news.  With all of the members that have passed through the ranks of Yes, is he the first to die?

The only one I can think of.


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Posted By: Moogtron III
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 09:14
Incredible, I can't believe it's true!
So very, very sad Cry
RIP


Posted By: presdoug
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 09:23
So sad to hear of this.
      And, Chuck, we had just been talking about our music heros, and now this news-may his music live on!

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Posted By: twosteves
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 09:56
Great guitarist---like his work with Flash---RIP.


Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 10:12
Please read this interview with Peter, it is very far-reaching and very interesting!  He goes all the way back to his early Yes days, when he shared a flat with Bob Fripp! 

http://www.themarqueeclub.net/interview-peter-banks-yes" rel="nofollow - http://www.themarqueeclub.net/interview-peter-banks-yes

Fascinating fellow, I'm sorry that he never received all the credit he was due.  I highly recommend his most recent solo albums, "Instinct," "Self-Contained" and "Reduction".  I particularly enjoy "Self-Contained," his guitar style approaches that of Steve Vai!  

RIP, Peter, we lost one of the true pioneers when you left us. 


Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 10:18
Rest in peace Peter.

I love your work in FlashHeart


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Posted By: maryes
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 10:33
Is a very sad news. Although, the replacement of Peter Banks for Steve Howe had been a "upgrade" to Yes music, nobody can deny the talent of Peter Banks, to confirm this is enough a fast review in their subsequent discography (Emperor, Flash and solo). Rest in peace great musician !!! 


Posted By: maryes
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 10:35
Sorry, I want say Empire not Emperor !


Posted By: fusionfreak
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 10:36
Too bad!RIP Peter.Flash was a very good band.

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Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 10:40
 


Posted By: smartpatrol
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 11:31
RIP, think I'll put on The Yes Album later

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Posted By: Dayvenkirq
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 11:33
^ He wasn't on it.

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Posted By: Hawkwise
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 11:38
Yet Another gone to great Gig the Sky  R.I.P

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Posted By: JD
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 11:41
Another great one leaves us before their time.

http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/2013/03/12/20648161-wenn-story.html




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Posted By: smartpatrol
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 11:46
Originally posted by Dayvenkirq Dayvenkirq wrote:

^ He wasn't on it.

Oh, yeah, sorry. I confused him with Tony Kayne


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Posted By: brainstormer
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 12:12
http://somethingelsereviews.com/2013/03/12/original-yes-guitarist-peter-banks-1947-2013-an-appreciation/

He will be missed.  


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Posted By: The Bearded Bard
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 12:21
RIP

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Posted By: horza
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 12:28
Another member of the Prog family passes away.

R.I.P. Peter Banks 15 July 1947 – 8 March 2013

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Posted By: Earendil
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 12:44
Sad news.  Part of him will live on forever in the music he created. Rest in peace, Peter Banks.


Posted By: Wanorak
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 12:45
Very sad news. It would've been interesting to hear what Yes had've sounded like with him instead of Howe. A very talented guitarist.

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Posted By: The-time-is-now
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 13:19
Originally posted by ProgMetaller2112 ProgMetaller2112 wrote:





Noooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! Cry  I'm gonna start listening to YES and TIME AND A WORD NOW!!. It was him who played on Astral Traveller What the hell is going on with Prog Musicians passing away UnhappyOn a lighter and happier note:Anyone remember Survival Big smile "all that dies, dies for a reason to put it's strength into the season" Wink




thx for these words

RIP mister Banks. Really love Time and a word. Excellent combination of sounds between Peter and Chris.

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Posted By: darkshade
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 13:20
Sad. RIP

To think, I never got the first 2 Yes albums. I'm going to have to get them now. Isn't he on any later Yes albums?


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Posted By: Larree
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 13:24
Wow.  Two days after Alvin Lee.  R.I.P. Mr. Banks.


Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 13:28
Originally posted by darkshade darkshade wrote:

Sad. RIP

To think, I never got the first 2 Yes albums. I'm going to have to get them now. Isn't he on any later Yes albums?
Nope, only those two, unless you count the Yesterdays compilation.  He did solo album and was in the bands Flash and Empire.  He can also be heard on The Original Syn, which is a band that pre-dates Yes.

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Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 13:37
Billy Sherwood posted this to his Facebook page:

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Rest In Peace..... Peter Banks. Peter very recently played on the new "prog collective 2" project I'm writing/producing, as well as the "days between stations" record I worked on. As a Yes fan... this is sad news indeed. It was an honor to work with Peter on many productions. He will be missed !!!




Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 14:08
Originally posted by rushfan4 rushfan4 wrote:


Originally posted by darkshade darkshade wrote:

Sad. RIP To think, I never got the first 2 Yes albums. I'm going to have to get them now. Isn't he on any later Yes albums?


Nope, only those two, unless you count the Yesterdays compilation.  He did solo album and was in the bands Flash and Empire.  He can also be heard on The Original Syn, which is a band that pre-dates Yes.


The first Flash album is very nice, and Tony Kaye also plays on that one. I found it at least as good as the first two Yes albums.


Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 15:03
Hi,
 
With care ... rest well.
 
http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=795628" rel="nofollow - http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=795628
 
Sherri ... smile please ... friends like you are too good to be true and you've done a lot as well!


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Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 15:48
Is there any word on what killed him so young?

Love that first album and will be playing it soon.


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Posted By: Dayvenkirq
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 15:52
^ Wiki and USAToday say heart failure.

I forgot to say: condolences to family and friends.

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Posted By: Chris S
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 15:58
R.I.P Peter Banks

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Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 15:58
Another one is gone. In the last months Jon Lord, Kevin Ayers....
Howe started with YES trying to sound similar to Banks. Without him Howe would have been a different guitarist and YES would have been a different band.

RIP


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Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 16:52
Originally posted by Finnforest Finnforest wrote:

Is there any word on what killed him so young?


George Mizer, his very longtime friend and manager, posted this to his Facebook page:

 Here is the latest news I received from police in London and the coroner : Cause of death is coronary heart disease, registered on the 7th march. No suspicious circumstances.
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Only 65!  Damn, what a loss, I kept waiting for Peter to gain some ground and record at least one more amazing record. 

The Billy Sherwood material will probably have some great Banks work on it.  



Posted By: Progosopher
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 17:27

Now that he has shed his mortal coil, he can travel astrally with greater ease.  Travel long and far my brother, you will be missed.



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Posted By: DaleHauskins
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 17:37
British axeman Peter Banks,who played on the first two Yes albums, passed away from heart failure last week. He was 65. Banks was a member of the 1960s band The Syn which also included bassist Chris Squire.
When the band broke up in 1967 Squire and Banks went on to join psychedelic band Mabel Greer's Toyshop. After meeting Jon Anderson in a pub in 1968, Squire invited the singer to join MGT. When drummer Bill Bruford joined the group, a new band eventually emerged – Yes – with a lineup consisting of Anderson,Squire, Banks,Bruford and keyboardist Tony Kaye.
But Banks wasn't destined to be a long-time Yes man. Having played on 1969's Yes and 1970's Time And A Word, Banks left after the second album and was replaced by Steve Howe.
Shortly after leaving Yes, Banks founded the prog-rock band Flash, which released three albums. The guitarist also started a band called Empire.

Banks' body was found after the guitarist failed "to show up for a recording session," according to Rolling Stone.
Former Genesis guitarist, collaborator and friend Steve Hackett tweeted, "I'm sorry to hear of Peter Banks' passing … a great pal and a great guitarist." --Jay Smith.

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Posted By: ProgMetaller2112
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 17:48
Originally posted by The-time-is-now The-time-is-now wrote:

Originally posted by ProgMetaller2112 ProgMetaller2112 wrote:





Noooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! Cry  I'm gonna start listening to YES and TIME AND A WORD NOW!!. It was him who played on Astral Traveller What the hell is going on with Prog Musicians passing away UnhappyOn a lighter and happier note:Anyone remember Survival Big smile "all that dies, dies for a reason to put it's strength into the season" Wink




thx for these words

RIP mister Banks. Really love Time and a word. Excellent combination of sounds between Peter and Chris.


It only makes the song "Survival" even more special Wink


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Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 18:48
This is some of his last recording, the song "Endless Journey" by the band "Ant Bee!"  It's a fascinating read, please enjoy!  Peter, you truly are an Astral Traveller now, man! 

http://somethingelsereviews.com/2011/05/31/one-track-mind-ant-bee-featuring-peter-banks-endless-journey-2011/" rel="nofollow - http://somethingelsereviews.com/2011/05/31/one-track-mind-ant-bee-featuring-peter-banks-endless-journey-2011/


Posted By: Disconnect
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 18:54
Very sad to hear of his passing.

I will be spinning "Two Sides" this evening in remembrance.


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Posted By: Progosopher
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 18:58
Originally posted by cstack3 cstack3 wrote:

Please read this interview with Peter, it is very far-reaching and very interesting!  He goes all the way back to his early Yes days, when he shared a flat with Bob Fripp! 

http://www.themarqueeclub.net/interview-peter-banks-yes" rel="nofollow - http://www.themarqueeclub.net/interview-peter-banks-yes

Fascinating fellow, I'm sorry that he never received all the credit he was due.  I highly recommend his most recent solo albums, "Instinct," "Self-Contained" and "Reduction".  I particularly enjoy "Self-Contained," his guitar style approaches that of Steve Vai!  

RIP, Peter, we lost one of the true pioneers when you left us. 
I just read the interview.  Very interesting indeed.  Everybody else should read it.  I particularly like this quote: "Now when I do gigs I always remember that: every gig could be my last gig. So I'll make of that a really good experience for me and the audience." Clap

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Posted By: Astral Traveller
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 20:59
 RIP Peter, Time has passed without so much as a word. You have traveled astrally along the loneliest sea and into the open sky, clearly survival was not in the cards for you, looking around, every little thing about Yes stemmed from your playing style. I see you as the starting point in Yes's career both beyond and before The Syn, you were destined to be a prog giant. From your humble, small beginnings you became an influential guitarist. To read the article announcing your passig, with my still foggy Monday morning eyes came as a shock to me. To see it written in black and white was too horrid to believe. You are immortalized in your music, you are gone but not forgotten. Farewell number one, may sweet dreams and clear days await you on the eternal plane.  

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Posted By: ProgMetaller2112
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 22:28
Originally posted by Astral Traveller Astral Traveller wrote:

 RIP Peter, Time has passed without so much as a word. You have traveled astrally along the loneliest sea and into the open sky, clearly survival was not in the cards for you, looking around, every little thing about Yes stemmed from your playing style. I see you as the starting point in Yes's career both beyond and before The Syn, you were destined to be a prog giant. From your humble, small beginnings you became an influential guitarist. To read the article announcing your passig, with my still foggy Monday morning eyes came as a shock to me. To see it written in black and white was too horrid to believe. You are immortalized in your music, you are gone but not forgotten. Farewell number one, may sweet dreams and clear days await you on the eternal plane.  


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Posted By: prog4evr
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 23:19
Originally posted by cstack3 cstack3 wrote:

I'm very saddened to learn that one of my favorite guitarists, Peter Banks, apparently passed away on 10 March, 2013....
Yes, very sad news indeed... R.I.P.



Posted By: Yessongs
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 23:37
Rest in Peace sweet Astral Traveller

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Posted By: Yessongs
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 23:39
Originally posted by prog4evr prog4evr wrote:


Originally posted by cstack3 cstack3 wrote:

I'm very saddened to learn that one of my favorite guitarists, Peter Banks, apparently passed away on 10 March, 2013....
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DITTO.........BRILLIANT post.

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Posted By: Cesar Inca
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 23:42
Peter Banks, you are now an astral traveller reaching for new beginnings in dreams of heaven.
Thank you for the music.


Posted By: Yessongs
Date Posted: March 12 2013 at 23:43
Originally posted by ProgMetaller2112 ProgMetaller2112 wrote:


Originally posted by Astral Traveller Astral Traveller wrote:

 RIP Peter, Time has passed without so much as a word. You have traveled astrally along the loneliest sea and into the open sky, clearly survival was not in the cards for you, looking around, every little thing about Yes stemmed from your playing style. I see you as the starting point in Yes's career both beyond and before The Syn, you were destined to be a prog giant. From your humble, small beginnings you became an influential guitarist. To read the article announcing your passig, with my still foggy Monday morning eyes came as a shock to me. To see it written in black and white was too horrid to believe. You are immortalized in your music, you are gone but not forgotten. Farewell number one, may sweet dreams and clear days await you on the eternal plane.

BRILLIANT POST ASTRAL TRAVELLER.
The post above was a bit of a mistake....sorry..
 
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Posted By: awaken77
Date Posted: March 13 2013 at 03:32
RIP Peter 

I love the most his guitar work in Astral Traveler

1969 also have some nice jazzy guitar parts, especially in "I See You"



Posted By: Padraic
Date Posted: March 13 2013 at 08:59
Originally posted by Finnforest Finnforest wrote:


Love that first album and will be playing it soon.

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Posted By: The Doctor
Date Posted: March 13 2013 at 09:07
I was very interested to see that yesterday evening "Trending Now" on Yahoo, the number one spot was Peter Banks Dies.  It is still there and currently trending at the number 2 spot.  While I'm saddened by his death, I am heartened to see that so many people know who he is.  I'm glad that such a great musician and composer didn't just fade away in complete obscurity.   

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Posted By: ghost_of_morphy
Date Posted: March 13 2013 at 11:19
Peter was a very different artist from the average prog guitarist.  While the vast majority of prog artists valued deftness, accuracy, subtlety etc., Peter wielded his axe... well, like an axe.  Exuberance, creativity, and a dash of over the top showmanship are his hallmarks.  He will be missed.

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Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: March 13 2013 at 12:29
Originally posted by ghost_of_morphy ghost_of_morphy wrote:

Peter was a very different artist from the average prog guitarist.  While the vast majority of prog artists valued deftness, accuracy, subtlety etc., Peter wielded his axe... well, like an axe.  Exuberance, creativity, and a dash of over the top showmanship are his hallmarks.  He will be missed.

Thank you, great point!  Peter was heavily influenced by the physical stage presence of Pete Townsend, who was an early Yes supporter at gigs.   I think he developed his physical traits ("gear shift" slashing motion, leaps, stalking the stage etc.) by studying Townsend. 

At his "Voice of Yes" concert in Chicago area back in 2011, Jon Anderson mentioned the Banks-Townsend connection, and said that one thing that attracted Yes to Steve Howe was Howe's more studied approach to the guitar, playing "all sorts of wonderful chords."   I almost got the feeling that Anderson was the main impetus to push Banks out of the band! 

Banks had a different style than Howe, but was equally adept on the instrument.   He approached the guitar with more of a jazz style, vs. Howe's "rockabilly" percussive speed.   Howe was the the right guitarist for the era. 

Check out Banks' CD "Instinct" for some really blazing experimental rock guitar work!  Banks uses an Ibanez Jem solidbody guitar (same as Steve Vai), and modern electronics.  The sound is really stunning and unlike what we are used to from Yes and Flash compilations.  He also plays all instruments, check it out....VERY cool & complex!!





Posted By: twosteves
Date Posted: March 13 2013 at 16:36
As you may know---^^^Anderson was the dictator and probably did push him out of Yes---Howe was a hot shot guitartist back in day and Anderson once said in Yes you have to pee or get off the pot---which doesn't sound like something he's say but he did---in the context of Wakeman replacing Kaye----but Howe and The Yes ALbum made Anderson see all the limitless possibilities of the group---so first Banks gets the boot and when Wakeman became available good bye Kaye--those were the days when they let only the best in the group---later on they let lot's of second rate guys and the music suffered.


Posted By: geneyesontle
Date Posted: March 13 2013 at 16:50
What ? The first member of Yes dead. Sad. R.I.P.

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Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: March 13 2013 at 23:44
Sad followup, this was posted on the "Notes From The Edge" page on Facebook:

Nic Caciappo asked that we post the following regarding the state of Peter's remains, and how you can help. If you have any questions Nic advised to send him or George Mizer a message via Facebook. More updates as this develops. Thanks.

Friends of Yes & in particular Peter Banks. It has been since last Thursday Mar 7 that Peter passed away. He found at his home on Fri Mar 8. His body is still in the morgue and not being claimed because he has no family, and only an ex-wife who doesn't wish to assist. He may be cremated by the morgue and his belongings taken into custody by authorities. His ex needs to at least to tell the morgue that his friend(s) can take over. Then, they will want fees for cremation and delivery of his remains. Peter's belongings are still safe. But, there will be a need to sort this out with helping hands. 

There is now a PayPal account set up to donate, which is connected to Pete's friend of 40+ years, George Mizer. I stand by George, he is a good friend. 

The PayPal account is: themiz@peterbanks.net and ready to accept any donation amount. The expenses that will need to be covered are cremation, urn, possible travel from USA to London, other fees and expenses regarding Peter's belongings which could be auctioned to help pay for this as well. Again, the account is themiz@peterbanks.net.

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I've also known George Mizer for years, and I believe this is legit.  However, there are valid questions to ask re: what happens if more money is donated than needed?  etc. 

George is quite devastated with the loss of his old friend and longtime client, and Pete's former wife, Sidonie Jordan, is not the ex-wife mentioned!  Sheesh, what a mess....one of the original founders of the prog idiom being treated like this!  

I won't suggest donating anything right now, but use your own judgement.  I don't think a modest donation would hurt, and I'm hopeful that there will be some rather amazing archival recordings that will eventually be released.  I'll post more as I hear more.  Cheers, Chuck 


Posted By: Astral Traveller
Date Posted: March 14 2013 at 08:00
^ I'm going to wait a bit before donating, make sure this is a necesity, as for the archival recordings, I heard that the reason people checked Banks home, was that he didn't show up to a recording session, meaning that he was working on something, something new, something that will now be released post-humously.

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Posted By: sherrynoland
Date Posted: March 14 2013 at 17:18
Pete was working on a live FLASH recording never before released—mixing, I suppose—when he didn't turn up in the studio and was later found dead. The recording was to be released by Cleopatra Records (with the intention of NOT paying royalties to the rest of the band, as he also did with the Cherry Red reissues last year of FLASH'S original three albums.)  Pete was a talented piece of work!  

We'll have to see how all this pans out now.  Cleopatra is also releasing the new FLASH CD in May.  We've been told Pete heard three of the new tracks and liked them very much, especially the cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt".

We're all shocked and saddened by his death.  Ray and Colin were ever hopeful of a reconciliation and future work together, but knew it was doubtful.  Now that hope dies with him.  May he rest in peace.  The spirit of FLASH lives on and will evolve and carry on...  




Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: March 14 2013 at 19:36
^Thanks, Sherry!  


Posted By: valravennz
Date Posted: March 14 2013 at 19:36
I am shocked to read this news as posted below on the net.

http://somethingelsereviews.com/2013/03/14/a-week-after-his-death-body-of-original-yes-guitarist-peter-banks-reportedly-still-unclaimed/" rel="nofollow - http://somethingelsereviews.com/2013/03/14/a-week-after-his-death-body-of-original-yes-guitarist-peter-banks-reportedly-still-unclaimed/


A posting above by cstack3 has details for donations to help with Peter's remains, and some very good advice about donating to the cause. 

I sincerely hope this awful situation is resolved in the best way and as soon as possible!Unhappy


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Posted By: Earendil
Date Posted: March 14 2013 at 22:39
Any other sources on if this is legit?


Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: March 15 2013 at 00:25
Originally posted by Earendil Earendil wrote:

Any other sources on if this is legit?

I've known George Mizer for about ten years....he was Peter's friend and agent, and was also a road agent for Flash back in the 1970's.   I came into contact with George when I bought an autographed copy of Flash "In The Can" on Ebay, to verify its authenticity.  Pete was signing them & George was re-sealing them in plastic wrap!!  

Since then, George "The Miz" and I have corresponded many times about Peter and his different bands, including Flash.  When the news broke, I was in touch with Peter immediately and passed word on to many folks, including the members of the band Flash.  There's been a lot of back & forth, please see Sherry's posting earlier. 

Anyway, I thought "why the hell not?" and tossed a $50.00 donation to the Peter Banks donation site.  George "The Miz" sent me this personal email just now:

Thanks so much , words can't express how grateful I am and how much this helps.

Peter always signed his emails to me with this phase

......Be well,be safe,be lucky;keep breathing......Pete Banks.

That being said :

.....Be well, be safe, be lucky;keep breathing..... George "TheMiz" Mizer
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Good enough for me!  If you can afford any modest donation, please send it to The Miz at the Paypal link I posted earlier (below).

Peter got this going for all of us, we owe him a dignified passing.  

...Be well, be safe, be lucky; keep breathing...and thanks for Peter, 

Chuck "CStack3" Stack

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(Posted earlier) 

The PayPal account is: themiz@peterbanks.net and ready to accept any donation amount. The expenses that will need to be covered are cremation, urn, possible travel from USA to London, other fees and expenses regarding Peter's belongings which could be auctioned to help pay for this as well. Again, the account is themiz@peterbanks.net



Posted By: sherrynoland
Date Posted: March 15 2013 at 01:43
We got an update today from Cleopatra Records.  The release date for the new FLASH CD is May 21st.  I'm a bit disappointed that it's not March as planned, but they assured us that's the time it will take to do it properly and I'm just glad it's now official.  I'll keep updating events and see if I can get some music from the CD to post.

Don't have any info yet on the release of the live CD Peter was working on, but Ray and Colin have been in contact with Cleopatra about it and it's their hope that that, too, will be released sometime soon.

As for donations, I've been told that George Mizer and another friend of Pete's will be traveling to London to take care of matters.  I believe Peter left a will, and I assume he still owned some valuable guitars and memorabilia.  I'm sure it will all be settled respectfully and we can all focus on appreciating Peter's remarkable contribution to music.




Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: March 15 2013 at 05:02
What an extremely sad end to a great guitarist who has given so much pleasure. It truly saddens me.

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Posted By: Moogtron III
Date Posted: March 15 2013 at 08:07
Yes, I thought the same thing. Really horrible.


Posted By: Slartibartfast
Date Posted: March 15 2013 at 12:07
As much as like Howe, Peter didn't get the respect he was due in Yes.  His Two Sides was great and his solo efforts should not be overlooked.  In fact as Banks goes, he has a more respectable solo output than Tony does...


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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: March 15 2013 at 12:10
Originally posted by Slartibartfast Slartibartfast wrote:

As much as like Howe, Peter didn't get the respect he was due in Yes.  His Two Sides was great and his solo efforts should not be overlooked.  In fact as Banks goes, he has a more respectable solo output than Tony does...

Definitely agree there...


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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: March 15 2013 at 13:01
Aw no, just spotted this a few days late. Very sad news. Seem's like we're losing so many these days. Cry


Posted By: sherrynoland
Date Posted: March 15 2013 at 14:33
Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

What an extremely sad end to a great guitarist who has given so much pleasure. It truly saddens me.

After the initial shock, Ray and Colin's reaction was to remember all the good times and fun they had.  Flash's success was especially satisfying for Peter in view of his experience in Yes.  The musical chemistry of Flash was extraordinary and he really got to soar.  They were heady, thrilling times for them all.  Pete got to experience things most of us only dream of.

 


Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: March 15 2013 at 17:09
^^^ Great picture, Sherry!  That is exactly how they looked when I saw Flash back up Wishbone Ash in 1973!  

Ray was "the Man in Black"  (with spiffy white boots!) and I think he was playing his black Rick 4001!  

Peter even did one of those split leg leaps!  He was wearing a floppy hat, I think because he was losing his hair and was a bit self conscious about it....

Thanks for sharing, and for giving an update on the new Flash CD by Ray and Colin!  From the songs I've heard, it will be great!  


Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: March 15 2013 at 17:11
Shame Flash  never made it big. They were a great band  imo

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Posted By: Epignosis
Date Posted: March 15 2013 at 21:30


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Posted By: sherrynoland
Date Posted: March 16 2013 at 00:06


Posted By: Kashmir75
Date Posted: March 16 2013 at 20:01
RIP Peter Banks. A truly underrated player

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Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: March 17 2013 at 19:43
The obituaries are starting to be written, this is a very insightful one, with some details on Peter's health challenges....what a pity, he had a very sad, challenging life!  

As Pete used to say on his MySpace page, "Be Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky!"  Poor guy didn't have any of those in the end, did he?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/peter-banks-original-guitarist-with-yes-giants-of-progressive-rock-8535209.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/peter-banks-original-guitarist-with-yes-giants-of-progressive-rock-8535209.html


Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: March 18 2013 at 23:20
Good news!  George Mizer managed to get Peter's body released, so he can FINALLY be treated with dignity!  

http://somethingelsereviews.com/2013/03/18/the-fans-have-been-great-body-of-original-yes-guitarist-peter-banks-finally-set-to-be-released/" rel="nofollow - http://somethingelsereviews.com/2013/03/18/the-fans-have-been-great-body-of-original-yes-guitarist-peter-banks-finally-set-to-be-released/

Apparently, some of Peter's archival items are being posted to Ebay, so it would be worth keeping an eye on that site.  




Posted By: Dayvenkirq
Date Posted: March 18 2013 at 23:55
Originally posted by cstack3 cstack3 wrote:

Good news!  George Mizer managed to get Peter's body released, so he can FINALLY be treated with dignity!
Finally. I feared a little that this would never be resolved. 

So, the donation does look legit. 


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Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: March 19 2013 at 14:45
Originally posted by Dayvenkirq Dayvenkirq wrote:

Originally posted by cstack3 cstack3 wrote:

Good news!  George Mizer managed to get Peter's body released, so he can FINALLY be treated with dignity!
Finally. I feared a little that this would never be resolved. 

So, the donation does look legit. 

Yeah, I trusted George!  I sent him $50 US by Paypal and he replied by email:

Thanks so much , words can't express how grateful I am and how much this helps.
Peter always signed his emails to me with this phase

......Be well,be safe,be lucky;keep breathing......Pete Banks.

That being said :

.....Be well, be safe, be lucky;keep breathing..... George "TheMiz" Mizer
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I just sent him another $50 to help cover any funeral home expenses they may encounter.   I'm part of the tribe....longtime friends with Ray, Sherry, Colin etc.    

The Golden Age of Prog is drawing to a close, folks....I feel like I'm at the Grey Havens, watching the ships sail away, one by one.....


Posted By: stewe
Date Posted: March 21 2013 at 17:01
Flash shows capabilities of Banks mainly as a songwriter. It is a magical music, I would compare it to raw experience which Yezda Urfa or Gnidrolog brought - the other lost treasures of prog rock. It also giving us a hint, that undeniably first two Yes albums were influenced by his contribution. The time it takes... Dreams of heaven are open for the musician with an unusually magic feeling... 

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