Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Peter Banks 15/7/1947 - 8/3/2013

I just now learned the sad news of Peter Banks' death a few days ago, and decided to write a post about him.
Peter Banks was born  in England on the 15th of July 1947. For those who are not familiar with his name, I should say that he was the guitarist and founding member of the band 'YES'. And actually he was the one who suggested this name for the band.
He participated in the first two albums, and then he left the band and he was replaced by Steve Howe.
His last concert with 'YES' was on 18th of April 1970 at the Luton college of Technology.
After YES, he started his own band named 'FLASH' in 1971, but this band lasted only for 2-3 years.
The next step was to release his own material under his name. So in 1973 he released the record 'The two sides of Peter Banks' with a brilliant group of musicians, such as: Jan Akkerman, John Wetton, Phill Collins, Steve Hackett, and 2 members from 'Flash'.
After that, he continued his solo career, and he only participated in a a few concerts with YES, many years later, as a guest.
The BBC's journalists Danny Baker and Big George often called Peter Banks "The Architect of Progressive Music"
Peter Banks died at his home in London, on the 8th of March 2013, at the age of 65...
R.I.P Peter Banks...