The most influential keyboard player of the progressive music is gone.
Keith Emerson, the genius of the power trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer died yesterday in Santa Monica, Ca. according to Fox News.
He was not only a fabulous player. Emerson, Lake & Palmer was maybe the hardest progressive rock group of all times. Save the insanity of Frank Zappa, the band created an aura of difficulty that wasn’t only impossible to be aped, but their extreme complex compositions pushed me to the world of progressive rock when I was sole into true heavy metal. Before them I knew nothing about it. Maybe Yes, Genesis and Pink Floyd were bands that produced more successes during their career, but E.L.P. (as much as King Crimson, whose first vocalist coincidentally was Greg Lake, the “Lake” in E.L.P.) made a name for themselves playing some complex numbers such as Tarkus, the opener track of the album of the same name. How crazier can music get?
It’s like one hundred keys of information per second, I don’t know if this even exists, but the impression was that Keith Emerson was a Newton of notes and he could repeat everything, at the same order if he was asked to.
Says Carl Palmer about Emerson: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson. Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come,” Palmer wrote. “He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz. I will always remember his warm smile, good sense of humor, compelling showmanship, and dedication to his musical craft. I am very lucky to have known him and to have made the music we did, together. Rest in peace, Keith.”
I know it has been a hard time for us rockers: David Bowie, Lemmy and now Keith Emerson. It’s the time that we start to perceive that our “eternal idols” are as mortals as us and nobody is coming to substitute them even though their “operas” are the corollary of their life. Time passes and so do us and our idols. Unfortunately this is another sad day for the music in the world.
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