R.I.P. Alan White

2022-05-26 by Brendan Schroer CONTRIBUTOR | 22 Comments
Legendary rock drummer Alan White, best known for his work with Yes, has passed away at the age of 72. His cause of death has not been disclosed; however, he was absent from many of the band’s recent shows due to health issues. He is survived by his wife and two children, who issued a statement on his Facebook page. After Chris Squire’s death in 2015, White became the longest continuously serving member of the band; his final record with Yes was 2021’s The Quest.

White joined Yes in 1972 to replace Bill Bruford, and had proven to be an excellent fit for the group. His versatility ensured that he could accommodate the many influences the rest of the band were known for incorporating into their music; this included the jazz fusion stylings of Relayer, the sleek pop rock of 90125, and the orchestral majesty of Magnification, just to name a few examples. Other notable accomplishments include performing on John Lennon’s landmark release Imagine, as well as being a session musician for such legendary musicians as George Harrison and Ginger Baker.

Check out the video below to listen to one of White’s most accomplished performances, the Yes classic “Sound Chaser”:




Click the following link to see his family’s statement on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imaginealanwhite/posts/579887366829287

Tagged: Yes

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Koris
Contributing Reviewer
May 26th 2022
15333 Comments


Hard R.I.P., such a great drummer

Divaman
May 26th 2022
15546 Comments


Definitely. Had some great albums with Yes. R.I.P.

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ArsMoriendi
May 26th 2022
37207 Comments


RIP even though he kinda joined Yes right after their golden period

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rodrigo90
May 26th 2022
7282 Comments


RIP even though he kinda joined Yes right after their golden period

You're calling topographic oceans, relayer and going for the one trash? HERETIC

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2022
58801 Comments


RIP. My dad has multiple Yes tattoos and I heard them a lot growing up

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2022
28237 Comments


Oh god, what a day. Same here Treb, my dad is almost his age, he became a drummer out of his love for Yes, and damn this is gonna break him. RIP.

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MrSirLordGentleman
May 26th 2022
15200 Comments


Hard RIP, fantastic drummer

"RIP even though he kinda joined Yes right after their golden period"

Relayer is as good as the albums with Bruford

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
May 26th 2022
15333 Comments


Yeah, Relayer is awesome. Definitely one of their best... then again, it looks like Ars gave it a 2.5, lol

jmazza137
May 26th 2022
4 Comments


I remember recently seeing a video on a news piece with him about his collection of drums that were stolen and noticing he looked incredibly frail. I was very surprised that he was getting ready for another tour with Yes, but I guess his health continued to deteriorate. RIP - great drummer who played on a lot of excellent albums.

Divaman
May 27th 2022
15546 Comments


His last several tours, he was only been able to join the band every night for the last 3 songs or so. But supposedly the illness that killed him came on pretty recently.

YesMaMan11
May 27th 2022
58 Comments


RIP

bigguytoo9
May 27th 2022
1260 Comments


RIP, what a legend. I have seen him with YES two times.

bigguytoo9
May 27th 2022
1260 Comments


RIP, what a legend. I have seen him with YES two times.

Zig
May 27th 2022
2482 Comments


fantastic drummer. RIP

Relayer is just awesome and was the first Yes album I've listen to.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2022
17674 Comments


Sad news. Legendary drummer.
Rest in Peace, Alan White.

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chemicalmarriage
May 27th 2022
3875 Comments


RIP

ChaoticVortex
May 27th 2022
1316 Comments


Great drummer. Also Relayer and Drama is as good as anything they made in their best period.

Jethro42
May 27th 2022
17697 Comments


What a good job he did for both Relayer, Topographic Oceans and Drama among others. Will jam. R.I.P. Alan

e210013
May 27th 2022
4059 Comments


Another great drummer of the classic prog era left us. He is responsible for some of the best pages of Yes.

RIP hard.

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EvoHavok
May 27th 2022
7999 Comments


R.I.P. Death needs to calm down with artists.

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LokitheTrickster
May 27th 2022
54 Comments


Replacing Bill Bruford wasn't an easy task, but Alan White proved that he was up to it. Such a shame that such a talented drummer has passed away.

RIP

asanisimasa
May 28th 2022
102 Comments


damn just read he was out of the tour and wasnt expecting this at all



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