Peter Banks’ body to be released after fan support
The body of Yes co-founded Peter Banks is expected to be released for cremation later this week after fans rallied round during paperwork problems.
Banks died suddenly on March 7, aged 65, and left no immediate next of kin. The only person able to sign for his remains, his ex-wife, was at first unwilling to become involved – meaning the body could not be released.
His manager George Mizer launched a PayPal fund to raise the money necessary for someone to travel to England and complete the necessary procedures. If it could not be done, Banks’ property may have been auctioned by the authorities to cover the cost of a funeral and the winding-up of his estate.
Now Mizer reports the papers have been signed by the musician’s ex, and he expects the body to be released this week. He tells Something Else: “I believe the problem with Ceci, Pete’s ex-wife, was that she was in shock and disbelief.
“The fans have been great with donating a few bucks to help with the arrangements.”
Meanwhile, Yes have launched a Facebook memorial page after the outpouring of tributes they received on their own page.
They say in a statement: “We were so touched by all of the comments and remembrances of Peter that we wanted to set up a more permanent tribute for him. Please share your stories, photos and videos of our former bandmate.”
He appeared on Yes’s first two albums – their self-titled 1969 debut and 1970′s Time And A Word, then left as a result of musical differences. He went on to form Flash, who released three well-received albums between 1972 and 1973. He’d been working on a live album to be entitled Flash: In Public at the time of his death.