It is with great sadness that we report on the passing of ELP member and legendary keyboardist, Keith Emerson. Emerson was 71 and he died at his home in Santa Monica, California. ELP’s drummer, Carl Palmer, had this to say:
“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. 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.”
The last time ELP had performed was in 2010 when they staged a 40th anniversary reunion at the High Voltage Festival in London.
A sad day indeed for music.