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Where are they now? - Chris Squire

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In an Apr 2013 Q&A for YesWorld, Squire laid out his immediate future: "I'm very tied up with my work with YES, and possibly another album with Steve Hackett, which could also come down the pipe in the next couple of years."

Solo work
Bass Player magazine presented Squire with a Lifetime Achievement Awards in Oct 2012 in Hollywood, CA. There was an accompanying concert including a set by Squire, accompanied by Jon Davison (Yes; lead vocals, tambourine), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters; drums), Johnny Bruhns (ex-CIRCA:, ex-Yoso; guitar, backing vocals), Matt Brown (worked with CIRCA:, keys, backing vocals), Claudio Pesavento (worked with Squire before; keys). Set: "Hold Out Your Hand/You by My Side", "I've Seen All Good People", "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "Roundabout". Squire also hosted a clinic the next day.

Squackett Official site
After guitarist Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis, ex-GTR) played on Chris Squire's Swiss Choir, Squire guested on some of Hackett's solo albums—Out of the Tunnel's Mouth and Beyond the Shrouded Horizon (see below for details)—and the duo then made a collaborative rock album as Squackett, entitled A Life Within a Day (Esoteric). Touring and a follow-up album have been discussed. Hackett tweeted a picture of himself and Squire on 27 Jun 2014 describing a "recording session with Chris Squire on bass today". It is unknown what this session was for, but it appears to be Squire guesting on another of Hackett's solo albums.

In a Billboard interview, Squire said he and Hackett had talked about touring in autumn 2012 with a set list based on A Life Within a Day, but also including songs from Fish Out of Water, Beyond the Shrouded Horizon and further material from Hackett. In a Jun 2012 interview at MWE3.com, Hackett said: "I hope there will be shows, but it depends on our availabilit[ies] amidst busy schedules! DVD sounds like a good idea..." There were further discussions in 2014 about touring after a second Squackett album is released. Squire said in a Dec 2013 interview: "we talked about doing live performances down the line, but I think it might make sense to do a second album before we think about doing a live thing." In a Jan 2013 interview, Squire had said: "I'm sure at some point, Steve and I will probably want to do another one." In an Apr 2013 interview, Hackett said that Squire would like to do another album and how he himself "had great fun". In an Apr 2013 Q&A for YesWorld, Squire talked about, "possibly another album with Steve Hackett, which could also come down the pipe in the next couple of years." This Sep 2013 interview had Hackett saying:

[Hackett i]s also likely to do more with Squackett [...] but the guitarist notes that's easier said then done.

"We haven't seen each other in quite a bit; the last time I think I saw him was on the cruise [to the Edge] earlier this year [2013] [...] It would be nice if we could do something live on stage together [on the 2014 Cruise]. One of the Squackett numbers would be nice, so I'll be trying to talk my band into that -- or if not that then maybe get to jam on 'Bye Bye Johnny' or 'All Along the Watchtower' or something. [...] I enjoyed doing that album with Chris; it would be nice to do another one, but what with his commitments [...] and my commitments [...] it made it very difficult to be in the same place at the same time. I'm hoping it will come home [to] roost at some point."

In an Apr 2014 interview, Squire said there was a "very good chance" of a follow-up album: "We'd love to do that, I'm sure. We've both been real busy [...] we'll be seeing him on the cruise [to the Edge 2014]. I'll be talking with him then, and then I'll be over in England so we'll probably get together and discuss the possibility of another Squackett project. I'm not quite sure what the window time-wise for that is going to be." On the cruise, Squire (and John Wetton) joined Hackett's band for a performance of "All Along the Watchtower" on the cruise.

A Life Within a Day was released Jun 2012; tracks:
  1. "A Life Within a Day" [Hackett/Squire/King] (6:35)
  2. "Tall Ships" [Hackett/Squire/King] (6:18)
  3. "Divided Self" [Hackett/Squire/King/Clabburn] (4:06)
  4. "Aliens" [Hackett/Squire/King/Healy (Hackett says Squire wrote the lyrics)] (5:32) (previously played live by Yes)
  5. "Sea of Smiles" [Hackett/Squire/King] (5:25)
  6. "The Summer Backwards" [Hackett/Squire/King (although Hackett said here that he also had input from his wife on the lyrics)] (3:01)
  7. "Storm Chaser" [Hackett/Squire/King] (5:27) (previously played live by Steve Hackett in 2009)
  8. "Can't Stop the Rain" [Hackett/Squire/King/Johnson/Sessler] (5:47)
  9. "Perfect Love Song" [Hackett/Squire/King/Johnson (chorus lyrics by Squire, rest of lyrics by Hackett)] (4:04)

Performed by Chris Squire (bass, vocals), Steve Hackett (guitars, vocals, harmonica), Roger King (Steve Hackett, worked with Gerard Johnson; keys, programming), Jeremy Stacey (ex-The Syn, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Sheryl Crow; drums), Amanda Lehmann (Steve Hackett; backing vocals), plus on "A Life Within a Day", Christine Townsend (violin, viola), Richard Stewart (cello), Dick Driver (double bass); produced and mastered by King. Artwork and design is by Xu Bing, with photography by Maurizio & Angela Vicedomini.

Squire brought 3 songs to the project—"Aliens", "Can't Stop the Rain" and "Perfect Love Song"—that date back to plans for a Squire solo album in 2006/7, some co-written by Gerard Johnson (co-wrote "The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be", The Electric Opera/Funky Monkey, St Etienne, ex-The Syn, ex-Peter Banks) and Simon Sessler (co-wrote "The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be", works with Chris Kimsey, worked with IQ, Terry Reid, Francis Dunnery). Hackett brought "Storm Chaser" and "Divided Self" among other pieces (presumably also "Sea of Smiles" and "The Summer Backwards"); in a Jun 2012 interview, Squire said he first played on "Divided Self" when it was to be a Hackett solo piece, before its inclusion in the Squackett project. "A Life Within a Day" and "Tall Ships" were specifically written for the album. An article in the May 2012 issue of Prog (#26) explains how "Tall Ships" began with a bass riff from Squire; Hackett then "added a guitar phrase, the lyric and the chorus tune, while Squire provided the verse melody." In a Jun 2012 interview, Squire described the piece beginning with a riff, that King recorded. He then goes on to say that King and Hackett then built a demo around that recording, adding a chorus, and then all three of them worked on the vocal line and lyrics. In the May 2012 article, King explains, "I did most of the arrangements with Steve and Chris' approval." Hackett talks about the album in a Jun 2012 interview at MWE3.com:

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mwe3: So “Aliens” is kind of a co-write?

SH: No. That track originally is something that was written by Chris, but obviously I contributed to the arrangement that you hear on the record. And many things were written face to face but some[ ]things were already written and in some cases, some were already recorded. But, you know, as soon as someone starts contributing their part to something, they become part of the writing process. At least that’s the way we used to do it in Genesis, in the early ‘70s.

Hackett talked more about the project in this Jun 2012 interview, saying:

At first we gave each other the pick of material we’d been working on, and reviewed that together. We spent time together socially [...] A lot of the album was recorded in the living room I’m calling you from. In a way, it was an anti-studio album. We recorded some bass parts and drums in the studio, but most of it was recorded in a domestic environment. We did a lot of writing face to face.

History of Squackett
In an early Nov 2008 interview, Squire explained, "I went round to his studio and played on some things for him that he had been working on I think from a view to making a solo album. [...] he had been working on a new project and asked me to join in on it. Once I became involved in it, we started writing new material together and now it's developing into another project, which I think, is collaboration". These first recording sessions, around the end of 2007, were with Hackett, Squire and Simon Phillips (ex-Toto, ex-Mike Oldfield, ex-Mike Rutherford, ex-U-Z) on drums; their release was held up following legal issues around Hackett's divorce but have now seen the light on Hackett's solo album, Beyond the Shrouded Horizon (see below). Work then proceeded slower than first planned. The album was eventually recorded mostly in Hackett's home (most of the album except bass and drums) or his studio. Plans that appear to have been abandoned as the project developed include the involvement of Steve Hackett's brother John (described in an early 2008 interview with S Hackett) and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) on drums (Aug 2009 report from Squire).

Squire guesting on Hackett's solo albums
Squire has appeared on two of Steve Hackett's solo albums. Out of the Tunnel's Mouth is detailed in the Yescography.

Then came Beyond the Shrouded Horizon (InsideOut Music), available as a 2CD limited edition (with bonus disc of 6 previously unreleased pieces) and as a 1 CD version. Squire plays bass on 3 tracks of the regular CD and 2 tracks of the bonus CD. These use material from 2007 sessions. Performing on most of the album are Hackett (guitars, vocals, harmonica) and Roger King (keys, programming), while others include Gary O'Toole (drums, vocals), Rob Townsend (sax, whistle, bass clarinet), Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo, ex-Steve Howe, ex-Iona; bass, Stick, pink ukele), Amanda Lehmann (vocals, guitar), John Hackett (Steve's brother; flute, vocals), Christine Townsend (violin, viola), Richard Stuart (cello), Benedict Fenner (keys, programming) and Dick Driver (double bass). Most tracks were co-written by Steve Hackett, Roger King and Jo Hackett (Steve's wife, Amanda Lehmann's sister). Tracks:
  1. "Loch Lomond" [S Hackett/King/J Hackett] (6:49)
  2. "The Phoenix Flown" [S Hackett/King/J Hackett] (2:08)
  3. "Wanderlust" [S Hackett/King/J Hackett] (0:44)
  4. "Til These Eyes" [S Hackett/King/J Hackett] (2:41)
  5. "Prairie Angel" [S Hackett/King/J Hackett/Steve Howe/Jonathan Mover)] (2:59)
  6. "A Place Called Freedom" [S Hackett/King/J Hackett] (5:57; streaming preview here)
  7. "Between the Sunset and the Coconut Palms" [S Hackett/King/J Hackett] (3:18)
  8. "Waking to Life" [S Hackett/King/J Hackett] (4:50)
  9. "Two Faces of Cairo" [S Hackett/King/J Hackett] (5:13)
  10. "Looking for Fantasy" [S Hackett/King/J Hackett] (4:33)—with Hackett, King, Squire, Driver, Stewart, C Townsend
  11. "Summer's Breath" [S Hackett/King/J Hackett] (1:12)
  12. "Catwalk" [S Hackett/King/J Hackett] (5:44)—with Hackett, King, Squire, Phillips
  13. "Turn This Island Earth" [S Hackett/King/J Hackett/Howe/Mover] (11:51)—with Hackett, King, Squire, Phillips
Bonus CD:

  1. "Four Winds: North" [S Hackett/King] (1:34)—with Hackett, King, Squire, Phillips (originally from the end of "Turn This Island Earth")
  2. "Four Winds: South" [S Hackett/King] (2:35)
  3. "Four Winds: East" [S Hackett/Fenner] (3:34)
  4. "Four Winds: West" [S Hackett/King] (3:04)
  5. "Pieds en L'Air" [Peter Warlock] (2:25)
  6. "She Said Maybe" [S Hackett/King] (4:21)
  7. "Enter the Night" [S Hackett/King/J Hackett] (3:59)—with Hackett, King, Squire, A Lehmann, O'Toole (a new version of the piece previously known as "Depth Charge" and later "Riding the Colossus")
  8. "Eruption: Tommy" [Thijs van Leer (Focus)] (3:37)—previously available as a bonus track on another release in Japan
  9. "Reconditioned Nightmare" [S Hackett] (4:06)
Both writing credits for Howe and Mover reflect the use of the same riff that came from a GTR piece. In a Nov 2011 interview, Hackett, talking about "Turn This Island Earth", explained:

there was a riff that was left over from GTR with Steve Howe and Jonathan Mover. It was a great riff in 7/8 and I always wanted the band to develop it but it didn't fit with any of the songs at the time, so we've done it as a group and we've done it with orchestral style as well and developed it [...] the influence of GTR. But it's nice to use the influence when you need it and to leave behind what you don't need.

Former solo album plans
Squire was working on a new solo album in 2006/7, co-writing with Gerard Johnson (The Electric Opera/Funky Monkey, St Etienne, ex-The Syn, ex-Peter Banks) and Paul Stacey (The Black Crowes, ex-The Syn, worked with Oasis), with plans to then record with Jeremy Stacey (ex-The Syn, Sheryl Crow) too. Material for around half an album appears to have been developed, but this was largely re-purposed for the Squackett project, with one song, "The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be", going to Fly from Here and another idea being used as part of "The Game" on Heaven & Earth. It now appears unlikely that this material will have a life of its own. As for his solo album plans, asked in a May 2012 interview about a follow-up to Fish Out of Water, Squire said:

What seems to happen is every time I’ve sat down and been disciplined with myself and written new material, I’m thinking it’s going to go in that direction and then something else has come up, like the Squackett project. [...] So it might be best that there will never be a follow up to Fish Out Of Water… never say never… but we’ll see what happens

And in a Jun 2012 interview, he said:

I've been trying to make a follow-up [to Fish Out of Water] for years, but the material always gets diverted for other projects [...] But the chances of that happening again in that way is unlikely because a lot of the flavor and the orchestral arrangements [...] were done by my dear friend Andrew Jackman and he is no longer with us. [...] I think I'll not attempt to do a Fish Out Of Water 2. I might stumble upon another way to do it at some point.

In a Mar 2007 post to alt.music.yes, Johnson said, "Chris, Paul (Stacey) and I are working on material now, which will be ready when it's ready and not before." Another report in Mar 2007 talked of Squire, Johnson and P. Stacey having demo'd four songs with lengths of around 5-10 minutes. In the interview done late 2006 for the Fish Out of Water re-release (see below), Squire said he had "29 minutes worth of ideas [...] not finished ideas, but ideas." In a late 2007 interview, Squire was asked from where his inspiration comes on solo projects. He replied:

I've been working on that for the last year for my new album. I come up with musical moods, rhythm ideas, melody ideas, and lyrical ideas. Lyrics are always the toughest thing, to come up with something intelligent that also means something and can be motivational. I've been working hard over the last year to try to find new ways to come up with lyrics for songs. To a certain extent I've been successful with that in my new compositions, but you're gonna have to wait until it's finished to see if you like it or not.

In a Nov 2007 Notes from the Edge interview, Squire said he's "got close to 80% I think of the material I'm working on for the solo record; I'm pretty much in good shape, a lot of the lyrics had gotten written". However, the project appears not to have progressed since 2007, initially in part because of P. Stacey's other commitments and then with material and focus shifting to Squackett. In Sep 2008, Squire posted to Yesfans.com:

As for my solo album. Some, but not all, of the songs have been diverted to the project I'm working on with Steve Hackett.

I've been waiting to start production of my solo album with my friend and guitar player, Paul Stacey, who is finishing up on projects to which he was already pre-obligated. It will happen.


Collaborations & guest appearances
Squire guests on a number of project led by Billy Sherwood—see details under Sherwood. In an interview, published Jun 2012, Squire said: "There are offers for us to do a third Conspiracy album. At the moment, my hands are a little full because of [Yes touring and Squackett]". In the Apr 2014 interview, Squire said, "Billy and I have actually toyed with a couple of things recently [...] we talked about the possibility of even another Conspiracy thing. It's just really having the time to be able to fit all this stuff in and still have a family life as well. So I can't put any dates on anything yet." A May 2014 interview (in German) has similar comments from Squire: "Vielleicht gibt es auch neue Musik mit Billy Sherwood. Es ist immer ein bisschen ein Problem mit der begrenzten Zeit. Aber hoffentlich gibt es bald auch was neues von [...] Conspiracy."

In a Prog Magazine podcast (Jun 2014), Chris Squire said, "I was actually with Trevor Horn yesterday, doing a little bit of work in his studio", but it is not known for what project this was.

In Sep 2010, Squire recorded for a guest appearance on an album by Abbey stJohn (Facebook, MySpace; a.k.a. Alvin Lorenzo Brazley Jr.; ex-Stop, worked with Eddie Offord, Sidney Barnes).  Entitled The Songwriter, the album was released 21 May 2011 as a digital download from his website. Squire guests on 2 tracks. StJohn now has a new album (LP/CD/digital) forthcoming entitled 1973, with guests again including Squire and also Gaylord Holomalia (keys) and Dave Tucciarone (guitar). The first single from the album is available digitally, "Rage"/"America the Beautiful", and can be heard at stJohn's website. Other tracks on the album are "Point of No Return", "Accidental World", "King of the Hill".

XYZ
In an interview for Rolling Stone published Nov 2012, Jimmy Page (ex-Led Zeppelin) said that he has multi-track recordings from the 1981 XYZ sessions with Chris Squire and Alan White and that he would like to see these released at some point. Squire's response to this came in a Jan 2013 interview:

Interviewer: Jimmy Page recently brought up [...] the XYZ sessions [...] even suggesting the idea of releasing some of it. Are you on board with that?

Squire: I wouldn’t have a problem. It was fairly unfinished when we left it; it was pretty much in a demo form, mainly. So it would require some more work. There were only four tunes that were involved in that, so if there is an idea for a serious release of it, there would have to be a little bit more done on it.

[...]

Most of the material was songs I had written actually, although Jimmy did contribute. [...] Yeah, we might try and revive it in the future. We’d have to get together, of course, and welcome it, but that wouldn’t be something I’d be opposed to.

While Squire refers to "four tunes" here and that's what has been bootlegged, there have been past indications that there was further material beyond those four. A Feb 2013 interview then has this exchange:

Interviewer: [Page] said that there are some multi-track recordings that exist that he’d love to see come out. Would the two of you have to do some additional work to make that happen?

Squire: Probably, yeah. There are bass tracks and drum tracks and guitar tracks, but there wasn’t much in the way of overdubs. I did quite a few vocals and harmonies, but they were somewhat rough. It was intended just really to be demos that we were making anyway. So that’s where it got to really. I know you can probably access that stuff — it’s out there on the web and you can find it, but they are just really rough mixes. How they got out there I’m not really sure, but that’s the way those things happen. So yes, if we seriously did anything with those, they’d need a little bit more work on them.

A Dec 2013 interview had another exchange on the topic. The interviewer asks whether Page has been in contact about releasing the material. Squire replies, "No! [...] we haven’t gotten in touch about it." He continues, "And you have to remember that that stuff would have to be finished off a bit more, because what we did together was really demo-ish with rough edges. I think it would need a bit more actual work."

Other news
In an Aug 2014 interview, Jon Davison revealed that Squire and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters, The Birds of Satan, worked with Davison, Brian May, Coheed & Cambria, Slash) have "done some demo work. Chris has played bass on some of Taylor's stuff [...] And Chris has done some stuff that actually hasn't been released." He went on to say, "we always talk about the three of us, plus another member, doing some kind of side project."

Asked about plans for a Fish Out of Water Part 2 in the Apr 2013 Q&A, Squire answered:

There’s never really been a plan to do that. I don’t think I would ever want to [...] do a followup to that particular album as it stands very much in its own right. However, I can tell you that there is a 5.1 mix of Fish Out of Water which is in the completion stages at the moment and should be available at some point this year [2013].
In mid-Nov 2007, Squire announced on his website that, "In the not too distant future, after delaying the project for awhile, I'm going to start work on my book which will cover my experiences, anecdotes, etc. over the last forty years". In an Aug 2012 Innerview, Squire said he is working on his autobiography with actor/musician/film-maker Vincent Gallo: "I'm doing interviews with him and we're recording them. Vince and I have been good friends for years. He's the godfather of my son. [...] the interviews involve me just remembering stuff about my life. I think the project will take a couple of years. We'll see how it ends up." He talked more about the book in an Apr 2014 interview:
I sit down with him [Gallo], we talk, we record it, then he goes and transcribes it.

We're about half way through that and have been working on it for about a year.

We have to schedule time, he lives in Los Angeles and I live in Phoenix in Arizona. We have to find time to do it, sometimes I'll go to him, sometimes he comes to me.

[...] Hopefully within a year we'll be able to wrap it up and get it out there. We haven't signed a deal yet, we'll get it written first



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