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19 September 2017

A Message from Steve Howe

“On behalf of my wife Jan and all our family & his loved ones, we would like
to thank everyone who has written so movingly to us following the sudden
death of our younger son, Virgil Howe, at age 41. Your messages are helping
us through this most difficult of times.

Virgil’s love for his daughter was paramount.

He was a truly gifted musician who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”

–Steve Howe


31 Responses

  1. Howard Wooten

    Steve, your son was a truly gifted person just like his father. I’m saddened by his loss and I’ll remember him for his ever lasting musical contributions. Thank you for posting this message.

  2. V Euroza MX

    Your music, ASIA and YES always moves my world. My thoughts and prayers are sincerely for you Steve. May Virgil’s legacy will prevail forever.

  3. Brien Comerford

    Virgil Howe had so much talent and he achieved so much during his lifetime. On behalf of myself and my many friends who love Steve, Yes and Asia we wish the best for Steve, Jan and the entire Howe family during this grievous period.

  4. Ian Hartley

    So very sorry to hear the terrible news – your music is with me every day and my thoughts and prayers are sent to you and your family at this sad time.

  5. Dear Steve and Jan,
    I am so sorry for your loss. There is nothing worse than the loss of a child. I am so sorry that I am not familiar with the work of Virgil, but given my utmost respect for his father’s work, I’m certain he was truly gifted. May he be resting in peace. –alan

  6. Philippe LINGENIEUR

    Steve i would like to get some info about you on the web and i’m fallen on this terrible news;
    i’m with you and with your family; i’m a fan off all yes music, and you are my favourite guitarist;
    i have played “leaves of green” thinking of you and Virgil yesterday” i’m also guitarist (very anonymous);
    be courageaous

  7. Nick Dodd

    Dear Steve, we met on a flight to Lima, Peru a few years ago. We reminisced a lot about the sixties, London, our lives,etc. So sorry to hear about the passing of your son, Virgil. My thoughts are with you and your extended family. I send you my sincerest condolences. Nick

  8. Martha Smith Hector

    I’m So Very Sorry to learn the sad news about your son. I pray that he’s resting in Peace.
    With my sincere condolences,

  9. James Walker

    What a shock. I can’t imagine. I had just read in Prog magazine about the album the two of you had done together and was so looking forward to hearing what brilliance was going to pop out at me. I loved that Virgil had created melodies from his piano and synths and that you had worked with him to develop them into full compositions. Hang in there Steve.

  10. Paul Kingston

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. I can’t begin to imagine the pain of losing a child. He will remain with us through his music and your memories of him.

  11. Brian S.

    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.

    Your music and your guitar playing has remained inspirational and joyous to me the past 40-odd years; and I wanted to extend my sincere condolences.

    I offer you my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this time.

    Brian, NYC

  12. Gregory Berg


    My deep felt condolences of the loss of your son. I can only imagine the grief you are feeling. You son was gifted and through your music and my love of progressive rock in general, I too have a son who is truly gifted in playing the guitar. In fact we saw you play with Toto at the Iowa State fair a couple of years ago. I have been a fan of your music since the 70s which has been a big part of my life. Thank you for the gift of music that you have brought to the many fans throughout the world.

    Greg Berg
    Red Wing, Minnesota

  13. Richie Pryor

    Steve and Jan and the Howe family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss.Virgil was an awesome person and musician. I’ve already heard the song Nexus from the album. Absolutely beautiful!! You will get through this. I will lift you folks up prayer at this difficult time.
    Steve your music is the soundtrack of my life so thank you for ALL your music!!
    Rich Pryor

  14. Lisa Emerson

    Dear Steve and Jan, I have just heard of Virgil’s tragic death. I am so so sorry for your loss. Many years ago, when Virgil was just 5 I was your family’s nanny and I remember him as a sweet, lively, and already musical boy. I’m sending love to you all. It’s hard to believe. Please give my love to Jan – I hope she may remember her NZ nanny – and tell her I am praying for you all.


  15. Shocked and Saddened, of course, Prayers and All Condolances to You and Your Family, Steve. This and other Accolade have been sent to You and other Associated Contact Points and Sites. Your Beautiful Music has been the Major influence in my Writing/Composing/Creativity in my over 50Years playing and whatever other involvement I have had in THe Industry, that FINALLY recognized You and Yes as Hall of Famers, in the city I grew-up in.. Saw You last at Van Weezel in Sarasota FL, Did You listen to the Cd that the head usher was supposed to give You, it was wrapped in local Indigeneous folliage? Well Thanks Again. MUSIC HEALS

  16. Carlos Martorell

    Dear friend, I feel deeply the news that I read, for months, I can not tell you anything more than I hope you face this enormous loss, knowing the support of all the people you have helped for so many years, music, emotional transmission
    As a son I would be proud, as a father, too, and proud as a friend in the distance. Strength and courage friend Howe

  17. eric weimer

    I have enyed your music since i was 13 years old.

    i was so sad to hear about your son.

    i lost my only son three years ago. It was horrible.

    Now I have incurable kidney cancer and hope to join him in heaven soon. But the damn medicine is working, so now i worry about running out of money (the ex~wife lost our retirement).

    I hope all is well with you and your family.

  18. Steve

    Dear Steve and Family ,
    We were lucky enough to have met Virgil on a train trip to Brighton where he was appearing in a theatre production and we had a really nice conversation with him and I he explaining to us about his famous father was in a really famous band which to be honest had passed us bye, but to be honest he really stood out to us as a really nice guy .So shocked at this news as I was watching a program on Yes and explaining to my wife that I was watching you and looked you up and Virgil and this came as a complete shock. So very sorry for your loss.

  19. Don’t know how I missed this, I was ill in Sept. So very sorry for your loss, sending prayers for you and Jan. (at times like these it’s handy to have a minister wife) I have faced a lot of loss in the last few years, people say it get better, I’ve found it doesn’t, but you learn better ways to live with it. Have seen you with Yes and Asia and solo 19 times, looking forward to more. Many thanks, and again, so sorry. Gary & Linda

  20. Chris Verstappen

    Dear Steve and Jan,

    I just read about the loss of your son. I am very sorry for you and Jan. Very bad to lose a child. I also saw that John Wetton died in January 2017.
    A lot of strength for both of you.
    Chris Verstappen – Belgium

  21. Lorenzo Bonoldi

    Dear Steve

    I am really sorry about your son.

    I have been loving your music since I was ten, I hope your amazing gift for music will get you and your wife through the unimaginable pain you must be feeling.



  22. Jorge Molina

    Dear Mr. Steve Howe & Ms. Jan:
    I am so sorry to know that your son passed away.
    May God give him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain.

    Jorge Molina-Honduras

  23. Martha Clark, RN

    I came across this news while looking for a list of your solo and collaborative work, hoping to buy on iTunes. I’m a new guitar player at 52 and a Registered Nurse.

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts go out to you and your lovely family.

    Looking forward to listening to your music!

    Martha Clark, RN
    Austin, TX

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