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RIP Yes Bassist Chris Squire

Chris Squire With Bass
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Ultimate Classic Rock reports that Chris Squire, legendary Bass player for the progressive rock band Yes has died (June 28th) after a battle with Leukemia. He was 67 years old. This kills me, as Squire was one of my rock heroes and my favorite bass player ever, followed by John Entwistle and Dennis Dunaway of Alice Cooper. Not only was Squire a phenomenally innovative bass player, but he was also one of the first bassists to release a solo album (1975’s Fish Out of Water) on which the bass is played as a lead instrument with no other guitars appearing on the record.

Fish Out of Water Chris Squire

All you have to do is listen to the lead track on that album, “Hold Out Your Hand” — a song that I would put up against the best of Yes’s entire catalog — to have your mind completely blown. Chris Squire was a true Rock God. Both his contributions, as well as the loss of his talent, to the world of Rock music, is immeasurable.

Greek Fire Release New Song In Support of Leukemia Stricken Drummer

Drummer Johnny Venus of Greek Fire
Drummer Johnny Venus of Greek Fire

In February 2012, shortly after completing a tour of Japan, Johnny Venus, drummer for American rock band Greek Fire (and longtime drum tech for Story of The Year) was diagnosed with Leukemia. Devastating news, to be sure. Representatives for the band have issued a statement saying that, “Johnny is fighting the battle of his life, and even in these darkest of times his incredible courage and strength inspired Johnny’s fellow band mates to write a song about this profoundly difficult and emotional journey.”

The song, “If this is the End (The Sound of Belief)” was made into a video, which Greek Fire released via YouTube on May 15th, 2012. Watch “If this is the End (The Sound of Belief)” at This Link. The statement continues that, “The video was made free of charge by a group of amazing and selfless individuals who donated their time and talents, and the result is a heartfelt and emotional offering of hope and support for anyone, anywhere, who has experience with cancer. Greek Fire is releasing this video in hope that it can help people find the courage and strength to fight with all of their heart, and as a reminder that there are people everywhere in the world fighting with them. Please share this video with as many people as you can. Nothing will make Johnny Venus and the band prouder than if the song can help someone, somewhere, in some way.”

“If this is the End (The Sound of Belief)” is also available to purchase/download via iTunes, Amazon, and countless other outlets. 100% of proceeds generated from the sale of  the song will go directly to The Johnny Venus Leukemia Fund to help him with the cost of his medical treatments. You can also make a donation directly to Johnny’s fund, by clicking This Link. Get well now, Johnny!