Peter Banks, a founding member of the groundbreaking progressive rock group YES, passed away at his home in London on March 7, 2013.
Banks, performed on the first two Yes albums, and went on to go on to form Flash and release 3 well-received albums (Flash, In The Can, Out Of Our Hands).
With an admitted fondness for improvisation, music critics touted Banks as a cross between Pete Townshend and Wes Montgomery. Even Pete Townshend, one night after witnessing a YES performance, walked up to Banks, slapped him on the back and said, “You're great!”
During his career, Banks released 5 solo albums and had been active recently with acts such as Harmony and Diversity, Prog Collective, ANT-BEE and Days Between Stations.
Banks first solo album Two Sides Of Peter Banks is considered by many as one of the great prog records of all time and features an all-star line-up of Jan Akkerman, Phil Collins and John Wetton.
Peter was putting on the final touches of the long awaited live recording FLASH - IN PUBLIC CD set for release on Cleopatra Records at the time of his passing.
Peter Banks will always be remembered as one of the pioneers of progressive rock guitar and will be missed by musicians worldwide.
Read a Gibson.com interview with Peter here.