Written by: Alex Green
Virgil Howe, drummer for the British band Little Barrie has died.
Howe, who was the youngest son of Yes’ Steve Howe, was 42.
On their Facebook page Yes called the musician’s death “tragic and unexpected.”
The post went on to read: “YES regrettably announces that the remaining dates of their Yestival Tour have been cancelled. Ticket refunds for the affected tour dates (in Moorhead, Cedar Rapids, London, Rochester, Boston and Huntington) will be available at point of purchase. YES — Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood — want to thank all their fans for their support and understanding at this time. Steve Howe and family ask for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.”
Little Barrie formed in 2000, but Howe didn’t join the band until 2007, when he replaced Billy Skinner.
Purveyors of garage rock, psych and surf, Little Barrie wrote the main title music for “Better Call Saul.”
The younger Howe played on his dad’s 1993 album The Grand Scheme Of Things along with his brother Dylan. They also played on the Elements album under the moniker Steve Howe’s Remedy.
Virgil and his father had just completed an all-instrumental record called Nexus, which is due out this November.
“It’s a full-on collaborative album, not a duet,” Steve Howe told Prog Magazine earlier this year. “It’s been refreshing to work with Virgil and we’ve pulled this beautiful album together. Although it’s got shades of mellow music, it doesn’t sit still. It moves across electronic music and my guitars – this is an opportunity to discover what Virgil’s been doing on the side of his drumming with Little Barrie.”