The music world was first shaken by the death of Depeche Mode keyboardist Andy Fletcher (1961-2022). Shortly thereafter came the news that Alan White had also died. The drummer of the British rock band Yes was 72 years old.
White died on Thursday. This was announced by his family and the band on social media. Their beloved drummer and “friend for 50 years” died after a short illness at his home near the US city of Seattle, the band wrote on Twitter. The news shocked and stunned the entire Yes family. The band now want to dedicate their forthcoming UK tour in June to White, according to the PA news agency.
Yoko Ono mourns the loss of Alan White
White was born on June 14, 1949 in Pelton, England. He joined Yes in 1972 and has been the band’s longest serving member since the death of founding member Chris Squire (1948-2015). He also worked with stars such as John Lennon (1940-1980), George Harrison (1943-2001) and Eric Clapton (77). Founded in 1968, Yes was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. Her hits include “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, “Roundabout” and “Long Distance Runaround”.
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White’s death caused consternation. Yoko Ono (89) tweeted that White was a wonderful drummer who played a key role in the sound of Lennon hits like “Imagine” and “Instant Karma”. “He was always gentle, kind and cheerful.” (SDA)