Perhaps second only to Pink Floyd, the group Yes, was at the forefront of progressive rock. One of the founders of that group, Peter Banks, who left the band early in their history, passed away last Thursday at his home in London.

The group issued the following statement on their Official FaceBook page:

We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of fellow bandmate and founding Yes member, Peter Banks. He was a huge piece of the fabric that made Yes what it is, and our thoughts, sincere condolences, and prayers are with him and his family. Peter, we shall miss you greatly.


Peter Banks left the group he helped found early on before the band enjoyed their success in America. Banks was replaced by Steve Howe who is still part of the band.

When Banks left, he formed the band "Flash" which had little success.

Yes, lead vocalist Jon Anderson stated that Banks had been in ill health but had still been "joking and ready to create music."

Banks was 65.