Musicians pay tribute to YES drummer ALAN WHITE

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.

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Alan was an actual Geordie – secure, highly effective, no nonsense, in all probability…

posted by Bill Bruford on Friday, May 27, 2022

RIP Alan White. A massively influential however usually underrated drummer. Most know him for his exceptional work with…

posted by Glen Sobel on Friday, May 27, 2022

Ugh, one other stinger so as to add to the day, this one is extra private =(

I’ve simply been knowledgeable that we now have misplaced the nice Alan White,…

posted by Jeff Scott Soto on Thursday, May 26, 2022

I am pondering of drummer Alan White, who handed away yesterday. Alan performed within the progressive rock band Sure and was featured on John Lennon’s “Think about” amongst numerous different recordings.

posted by Brian Wilson on Friday, May 27, 2022

I am so sorry to listen to of the passing of Alan White…he was a tremendous drummer, and he was influential…

posted by John Lodge on Thursday, May 26, 2022

It’s with disappointment that we realized of the passing of Alan White. What a fantastic, nice drummer. Our ideas are together with his household, bandmates and mates. RIP Alain!

posted by Foghat on Thursday, May 26, 2022

RIP Alan White! Though Alan left us so many nice drums, that is considered one of my favorites from him! What sound ! What…

posted by Brian Tichy on Friday, May 27, 2022

Considered one of Sure’ nice drummers Alan White has handed away. On February 18, 1974, I watched Alan at Madison Sq. Backyard…

posted by Steve Stevens on Thursday, May 26, 2022

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