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Saturday, December 03, 2022

Longtime Yes Drummer Alan White Dead At 72

SEATTLE ( Associated Press) — Alan White, longtime drummer for progressive rock pioneers Yes, who also played on projects with John Lennon and George Harrison, has died. He was 72 years old.

White’s death was announced by his family on his Facebook page. He died Thursday at his Seattle area home after a brief illness, the Post said. Just days earlier, Yes announced that White would not participate in the band’s upcoming tour of the United Kingdom to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic album “Close to the Ages” due to health issues.

White joined Yes in 1972, replacing original drummer Bill Bruford. In a band known for frequent lineup changes, White was a constant and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 as a member of Yes.

Although he did not play on “Close to the Edge”, he performed on every subsequent Yes studio album in nearly five decades, including the band’s latest release, “The Quest”, which came out the previous year.

White remained with the band through its many iterations. A trailblazing act in the progressive rock scene in England that became popular in the early 1970s with bands such as Genesis, Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull, Yess was particularly noted for its intricate arrangements and the musical prowess of its individual members. .

When progressive rock fell out of fashion in the late 1970s, many bands associated with the genre struggled.

After another lineup change, Yes, with White behind the drum kit, rediscovered themselves in the 1980s as a hard-edged band that introduced young listeners to more than just the visual cues of heavy metal and music videos. attracted. In 1983 Yes released the smash hit album “90125”.

A longtime resident of the Seattle area, White was born in Pelton, County Durham, England, in 1949. His family said that he started piano lessons at the age of 6 and drums at the age of 12.

White played with the band in England in the 1960s. In 1969, he was asked by John Lennon to join his Plastic Ono band. In a 2021 interview with The Seattle Times, White said he thought the call from the famous Beatle was a prank.

“A voice announced, ‘Hello, this is John Lennon,'” White said. “I thought it was a fellow pulling my leg, put the receiver down, and went back to the kitchen.”

White played a 1969 concert in Toronto with Lennon’s band, which also included guitarist Eric Clapton. White also played with another Beatle, contributing drums to George Harrison’s 1970 solo album “All Things Must Pass”.

In a statement announcing his passing, his family wrote: “Alan was so much to many: a certified rock star to fans around the world; a band mate to a select few, and to everyone who met him. Gentleman and friend.”

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