Quite a few well-known musicians world wide have taken to social media to pay tribute to YES drummer Alain Blanc, died yesterday (Thursday Could 26) following a brief sickness. He was 72 years previous.
The musician, born in County Durham, England, died in the USA, his household mentioned in a press release shared on his Fb web page.
“Alain Blancour beloved husband, dad and grandfather, handed away on the age of 72 at his Seattle-area house on Could 26, 2022, after a short sickness,” the assertion learn.
“All through his life and his six-decade profession, Alain was many issues to many individuals: an authorized rock star to followers all over the place; member of the group of a privileged few, and a gentleman and good friend to all who met him.”
Whiteit’s YES The band members mentioned in a press release that they had been “shocked and amazed” by the information of his demise, including that he was trying ahead to celebrating his fiftieth birthday with the band on a UK tour. They mentioned they might dedicate their “Near the Edge” Touring the UK in June with their “extremely regarded drummer”.
Whiteis the previous YES group mate Rick Wakeman wrote on Twitter“I used to be so unhappy to listen to of Alan’s passing yesterday. He was such a candy soul…besides behind his drums the place he was so highly effective and inventive. I’ll miss you bro.”
Artist and activist Yoko Onowho was married to the late John Lennon and labored with White within the ONO PLASTIC STRIPremembers him as a “great drummer who was a necessary a part of the sound of To think about, Instantaneous Karma! and extra recordings.” She added, “He was at all times candy, sort and cheerful. We had been blessed to have him as a part of our household.”
White just lately celebrated the fortieth anniversary of his marriage to his beloved spouse gigi.
Alain was born in 1949 in County Durham. A number of well being setbacks since 2016 had restricted Alainis on stage with YES on current excursions with Jay Schellen substitute and Alan becoming a member of the group, to nice applause, in direction of the tip of every set.
Alain was thought of one of many best rock drummers of all time and joined YES in 1972 for the “Near the Edge” spherical. He had beforehand labored with John Lennonit’s ONO PLASTIC STRIP after a name, in 1969, to play Toronto Rock Competition. Alain continued to work with Lennon together with on the “To think about” album and with george harrison on “All the things should cross”. He has additionally labored with a number of different musicians over time, together with ginger bakerit’s AVIATION, Joe Cocker, Gary Wright, Doris Troy and Billy Prestonsimply to call just a few. Alain Blanc was inducted into Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame as a member of YES in 2017.
Created in 1968 by Jon Anderson and the regretted and really regretted chris squire, YES had been probably the most revolutionary, influential and beloved bands in rock music historical past. Their albums from the Seventies “The album of sure”, “Brittle”, “Near the Edge”, “Sure Songs” (a triple dwell album),“Tales from the Topographical Oceans”, “Relay” and “Go for One” had been groundbreaking in musical fashion and content material. Their music has additionally turn into synonymous with artist Roger Deanwhose particularity YES emblem design and paintings adorned the lavish presentation sleeves of many YES scrapbooks.
With gross sales of over 50 million data, the Grammy Award-winner YES was inducted into Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2017, the place they performed “Roundabout” from the album “Brittle” and FM radio “Proprietor of a Lonely Coronary heart” from the 1985 album “90125”.
In 2021, YES launched their twenty second studio album, “The hunt”produced by Steve Howewhich went to No. 1 on the UK Rock Chart and entered the Official UK Albums Chart at No. 20.
I’m saddened to listen to the information of Alan White’s passing. He was a beautiful individual and a fantastic drummer. My ideas are together with his spouse Gigi and everybody in Sure.
—Steve Hackett (@HackettOfficial) May 27, 2022
Oh man what a day –
first Ray Liotta and now Alan White.
I am going to hearken to Lennon’s ‘Think about’ album tonight in his honor – then watch Goodfellas.
RIP gents, condolences to households/mates. https://t.co/2II45g0Epd
—Steve Conte (@SteveConteNYC) May 27, 2022
Expensive good friend and wonderful drummer Alan White left us method too quickly. He was probably the most right down to earth individuals I’ve recognized. The following time you hear John’s “Think about” or “Jealous Man”, consider Alan as you hear his masterful taking part in. And all his great work with Sure. RIP❤️
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) May 26, 2022
You obtain a textual content informing you that Alan White, the long-lasting drummer of YES has died, then open Twitter, to find that actor Ray Liotta is ALSO deceased. What does it seem like ? ! Can anybody inform me what The Precise F*ck is occurring proper now? !! 🌹🌹RIP
— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) May 26, 2022
Alan was a great good friend and shall be missed by all of us. I’ve been on many excursions with Alan over time. I’ll miss our discussions and above all I’ll miss him. My ideas and love exit to his complete household.
~Carl Palm Tree
Picture from 2017… pic.twitter.com/H9Azty7vQi
—Carl Palmer (@ELP_carl) May 26, 2022
I’m saddened to study of the passing of Sure drummer Alan White. This picture was from November 2019 at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. Ironic and considerably lovely that it sits beneath the phrases “offer you relaxation”.
Relaxation in peace my good friend. 💙🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/gOnAeYj6jl
— Tony Franklin (@FretlessMonster) May 26, 2022
In the present day I misplaced a beautiful brother and good friend, the nicest man you may ever hope to fulfill. So terribly unhappy. I’m devastated. Right here we’re 42 years in the past posing together with his Bentley. Alan White, the primary man. I miss you ceaselessly my good friend. X pic.twitter.com/1s9MGzNz5b
— Geoffrey Downes (@asiageoff) May 26, 2022
Shocked and saddened to study of the demise of an previous good friend ALAN WHITE drummer of YES, John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band and plenty of others. RIP Alan and condolences to his spouse Gigi, and his household and mates round Seattle. pic.twitter.com/rGFZeS9Tv5
— THE CHRIS SLADE TIMELINE (@SladeTimeline) May 26, 2022
Completely shocked by this tragic information. What a fantastic individual and phenomenal drummer he was. My deepest condolences to his household, band and mates. https://t.co/CJSMgeIW7J
— Todd La Torre (@ToddLaTorre) May 26, 2022
It’s with nice disappointment that I realized of Alain’s passing yesterday. He was such a mild soul…besides behind his drums the place he was so highly effective and inventive. i’ll miss you brother
— Rick Wakeman CBE (@GrumpyOldRick) May 27, 2022
Alan White was a beautiful drummer who was integral to the sound of ‘Think about’, ‘Instantaneous Karma!’ & extra recordings. He was at all times candy, sort and in a great temper. We had been fortunate to have him as a part of our household.
Love and condolences to Gigi, Jesse and Cassi White; JJ, Ellie and Andrea. pic.twitter.com/yrNFh0PQmy
— Yoko Ono ☮️🏳️ (@yokoono) May 26, 2022
Completely shocked to get up to the information of Alan White’s passing. His taking part in over the previous 50 years has been an enormous affect on me and I’ve had the distinction of spending quite a lot of time collectively over time. My condolences to his spouse Gigi, his household & the entire Sure camp 🙏 #RIPAlanWhitepic.twitter.com/CU6RxAG4QU
—Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) May 26, 2022
Nonetheless heartbroken over the passing of Alan White. Here is a traditional shot of Transatlantic hanging out at “Membership Sure” with Alan and Chris Squire whereas on tour in Germany in 2001. The White-Fish are lastly reunited and meet once more at R&R Heaven 🙏 #RIPAlanWhite#RIPChrisSquirepic.twitter.com/re11Fx2Oj0
—Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) May 27, 2022
Sure drummer Alan White slips away. From Invoice:
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