Rockers Yes have paid tribute to former bandmate Pete Banks following his death last week (ends08Mar13), insisting the guitarist is a "huge piece" of their history.

Ex-Yes star Billy Sherwood confirmed reports suggesting the 65 year old passed away at his London home on 7 March (13), and now the current members of the band have added their tribute to Banks, who co-founded Yes with his former The Syn bandmate Chris Squire in 1968.

In a group statement, they write, "We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of fellow bandmate and founding Yes member, Peter Banks.

"He was a huge piece of the fabric that made Yes what it is, and our thoughts, sincere condolences, and prayers are with him and his family. Peter, we shall miss you greatly."