Where are they now? - Chris Squire

Chris Squire: news about his music & legacy

This page last updated: 1 Nov 2020
 
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Squire died 27 Jun 2015, aged 67.

Sessions
Squire guested on Jon Anderson's 1000 Hands: see under Anderson for details.

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. It doesn't appear to have been released yet.

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."

Steve Hackett was asked whether there are any unreleased Squackett pieces in a Mar 2017 interview: "We did one or two, but it's a funny thing. I always felt there was going to more to it. Whenever Chris was in town, he would call me up. We would record a song or two together. We were always hanging out with each other."

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 wouldnít 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. Weíd have to get together, of course, and welcome it, but that wouldnít be something Iíd 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 heíd 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 wasnít 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 thatís where it got to really. I know you can probably access that stuff ó itís out there on the web and you can find it, but they are just really rough mixes. How they got out there Iím not really sure, but thatís the way those things happen. So yes, if we seriously did anything with those, theyíd 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 havenít 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 havenít worked on it. Itís 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. Itís really sad that weíve lost him. The music was really good. Itís 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 gauntletÖ Iím not curling up under a rock and hiding [after Led Zeppelinís 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.
In his Mar 2017 Q&A, White said:
I saw Jimmy Page recently in Seattle [...] we had a chat and he mentioned he was thinking about digging out the tapes and remixing the XYZ music, finishing some of the tracks. [...] I donít know when that might happen but we wr[o]te some great music together with Chris so Iíd be very interested in pursuing that project.
In a Mar 2019 interview, White said:
White: a few years ago I was at a function [...] celebrating the life of Jimmy Page. I was talking to Jimmy for a while [...] Jimmy said, ďI want to dig those tapes up and finish them off and release an album.Ē I said, ďJust call me.Ē I think he put the project on hold though when he got back to England.

Interviewer: Wow. It would be pretty amazing if you finally finished it and put it out.

White: Well, I need to get in touch with Jimmy and be like, ďLetís finish those tapes off.Ē Maybe we can get Robert [Plant] to sing on them or something. That would be quite amazing.
To Classic Rock in Oct 2020, Page again said he hoped the material would get a release, saying, "it's really good music". However, in a Rolling Stone interview published the same month, he said:
Unfortunately, weíve lost Chris now. It was something that I always hoped to do, as some sort of project, to get hold of him and Alan. Itís not even worth talking about, because itís all speculation. I havenít had a chance to really listen to the stuff and see just exactly what we do have, and what we donít have. I donít have any mixdowns of it. If I did, Iím not quite sure where they are now.

Autobiography
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

Around the beginning of 2019, a fan emailed Gallo about the project. He replied, "there is a very good chance the book will see the light of day."


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Horn
Tony
Kaye
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Banks
Patrick
Moraz
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Bruford
Rick
Wakeman
Trevor
Rabin
Billy
Sherwood
Igor Khoroshev
Oliver Wakeman

BenoÓt David
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Asia
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