Where are they now? - Chris Squire

Chris Squire: news about his music & legacy

This page last updated: 18 Jul 2016
 
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Squire died the night of 27 Jun 2015, aged 67. He was cremated on 1 Jul. YesWorld has a compilation of tributes from his bandmates, fellow musicians and many others here. Later in Jul, his wife, Scotland, posted this message:

I just wanted to say thank you so much for the love from all of our friends.
Many of you have asked if you can send flowers but Chris asked that I make sure that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Mayo Clinic.
Please designate donations to Leukemia Research at Mayo Clinic Arizona in memory of Christopher Squire.
Donations can be called in to +1(480)301-8326
online at https://philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/christophersquire
or mailed directly to:
Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 13400 East Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, Arizona 85259 USA
I cannot thank all of you enough for your love and support throughout this very sad and difficult time.
Love,
Scotland Squire

She wrote the following a few days after Chris's death:

I know there have been so many lovely messages to Xilan and to me and I haven't been able to say anything online or show Xilan how much love she has coming her way because I haven't been able to tell her that her daddy is gone. I just didn't know how to tell her that. I only just told her last night after she asked why I wasn't going back to the hospital to be with her daddy.....and the pain has been unbearable for her. I don't think she knows it's real. I don't even know that I know it is real. I just want everyone sending messages to know I will let Xilan know of every single message that every one of you has sent. I am hoping this will help her heal. All I can say is thank you for all the love. The pain is so unreal right now that I can't breathe, but I will try to find a way to thank everyone for all the love and caring messages. I know that everyone is hurting at this time. So, as much as I am hurting I am also sending my love out to the universe to help those that need it as much as we do.


Collaborations & guest appearances
Squire played on Sherwood's Citizen album, seemingly his final recording session—details on the main page.

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.

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."

In a 28 Jul 2015 interview, after Squire's death, Page was asked about wanting to release the XYZ tapes:

Absolutely, but I haven’t worked on it. It’s a series of multi-tracks, it was something that I was wanting to do after all of the Led Zeppelin stuff was out, I wanted to contact Chris and Alan. It’s really sad that we’ve lost him. The music was really good. It’s the first thing that I did after we lost John Bonham. I had a studio at the time, and they wanted to get together, and I thought this was like laying down the gauntlet… I’m not curling up under a rock and hiding [after Led Zeppelin’s breakup]. And these guys are really, really good so I had to be really good too. It was really an interesting blend, and really good music.

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) had "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."

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

Minor planet 90125, which was discovered in 2002, was named Chrissquire in Squire's honour in Apr 2016 by the International Astronomical Union.


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Wakeman
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Rabin
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