Yes and Toto's Lose Of Key Members Gave Them Greater Connection
Following his 2007 retirement from touring after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, Toto bassist Mike Porcaro died in March while Yes bassist Chris Squire passed away on June 27 from leukemia.
When the tour was first announced, Lukather declared Yes as the group's musical heroes and the pairing a "crazy dream come true", and now says the losses have only served to further strengthen the personal bond and mutual respect between the two bands.
Lukather tells Ultimate Classic Rock: "There's a greater connection there than people realise. We've worked together in various configurations. And then both of us have suffered a tragic loss at the same time - we lost Mike Porcaro and they lost Chris Squire, sadly. He was a hero of mine.
"I used to line up when I was a kid to get tickets to see the Close To The Edge tour at the Forum in LA. Steve Howe is one of my all-time guitar heroes, and we've worked together in various configurations. Geoff Downes and I worked on Asia records and Steve Porcaro was in a band with Chris Squire briefly, with Billy Sherwood, who is filling in for Chris." Read more here.
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