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Keith Emerson, Emerson, Lake And Palmer Keyboardist, Dead At 71

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by micpoc, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. FenderGyrl

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    ELP was my first concert. When I was young my best friend & band mate was a B3/Leslie/Arp/Moog player, and we were heavy into ELP. Good memories.
    Keith-Emerson-1972-.jpg KeithEmerson 2.jpg Keith Emerson.jpg


     
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    Sheesh, these last couple of months have not been kind to rock stars.

    Rest in peace Emerson, you will be playing with Bach.
     
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    He has gone to that great flying piano in the sky!
     
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    a big part of my life, I loved ELP. RIP Keith
     
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    This is a stellar clip of what he was all about.
     
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    The use of the Moog synthesizer live was still kind of a new thing when we had 2nd row seats at the Bushnell back in '71. Tarkus had just come out, and they were doing songs from it, as well as their first.

    I still have the mental image of this kinda not-so-big guy rocking the Hammond onto one corner and balancing it, to only spin it around like an upright bass-player might do with his instrument. Daggers then got stuck into places between keys to hold notes as he played melodies over the droning tones.

    The song "Lucky Man" was an encore, IIRC, and back then the synthesizer solo was such an amazing thing to behold.

    RIP Keith.
     
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    The Grim Reaper has been busy lately.
     
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    That is a shame.
    K E was one of the finest Keyboardists I have ever seen.
    The man had Chops-of-DOOM!
     
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    Rip.
     
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    Godspeed , Keith.
     
  11. Tele1966

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    RIP. Very sad. His music was at one time a part of my soundtrack in life.

    According to the BBC: "He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Santa Monica police confirmed to the BBC. His death was being investigated as a suicide, police added"
     
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    He was my favorite rock keyboardist...daggers, swagger & chops, what a showman! Even in high school I'd begun to venture well beyond rock, with prog bands like ELP, wetting my appetite for jazz, etc.. I recall buying their triple live, LP, Welcome Back My Friends..., back in the day, playing the sh_t outa their stuff. And the disappointment when they cancelled their ambitious, full orchestra tour. I hope you've found some peace, Keith...thanks for your wonderful music!
     
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    I really like The Nice, who had a great anarchist approach to the classics. I saw a clip of them in a 1968 high school music theory class. I haven't been able to find it, yet. I bought the Five Bridges Suite soon after. That's really saying something, because my record collection highly restrictive: Traffic (w/Dave Mason), Zappa, Cream, Hendrix, Coryell.

    I was really knocked out by the Moog solo at the end of Lucky Man. It was a pair of detuned square waves, and the keyboard was patched to produce a portamento between pitches. I had heard this sound before, in an instrumental piece for Moog by a Chicago keyboardist, Dick Hyman. The track is called Minotaur: I just now noticed how similar the ending is, beginning at 2:42, and Emerson's Lucky Man solo. Both the sounds and the performance are similar.

    Emerson's Moog patches show in concert photos are a huge tangled mess of patch cords and trigger cables. This is what is necessary to make nuanced, living, breathing musical sound from a synthesizer. I read that he had recipe cards showing his patches.
     
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    Same here. What a big part of my early 70's music remembrances.
     
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    Lucky Man hit while I was in college. It made me an instant fan. I bought the album for that one song, then wore the whole album out. Pictures at an Exhibition has been on my top ten albums list since its release.

    Don't know what drove him to take his own life. Probably never will. Our giants are dying

    Rest in Peace, Keith.
     
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    I just heard on the radio he died of a self-inflected gunshot wound. Damn.
     
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    Sad. I was very into ELP back in the day. Saw them as Emerson, Lake, and Powell when they toured with Cozy Powell drumming. Must have been the mid '80s. Great show.
     
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    Saw Elp 5 times live. Keith impressed me so much I got a mini moog in 1972

    He was a fantastic player
     
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    met him in a bar in Tampa after the show...nice guy...



     
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