We were greatly saddened to learn of the March 7 death of English guitarist Peter Banks, one of the founding members of Yes and an inspiration to many musicians who followed. He was still working up until the time of his passing, and he will be sorely missed.
by Jon Davis, Published 2013-03-25
After doing some outstanding work on the first two Yes albums, Banks was replaced by Steve Howe, but did not remain silent for long. The albums he produced with his new band, Flash, are highly regarded for their innovative blend of creativity and accessibility — and some hot guitar playing.
His first solo album, Two Sides of Peter Banks, featured some stellar collaborations with Jan Akkerman, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, and others.
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