3/11/2016 10 PM EST USA UPDATE: While I'm no fan of TMZ and I don't consider it a source, TMZ is usually accurate if sometimes irrelevant. KEITH EMERSON'S (ELP) death is being investigated as a suicide (gunshot wound to head) as he suffered nerve damage, demoting him to using only 8 fingers as EMERSON suffered from depression.
EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER recently signed a deal with SONY ENTERTAINMENT and RAZOR and TIE.
FROM EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER:
Keith Emerson (1944 - 2016)
We regret to announce that Keith Emerson died last night at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, aged 71. We ask that the family’s privacy and grief be respected.
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FROM CARL PALMER (ELP and ASIA):
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. 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.
March 11, 2016
FROM GREG LAKE (ELP):
Please follow the below links for Greg Lake’s and Carl Palmer’s official statements:
Greg Lake Statement Re – Keith Emerson
To all ELP friends and fans all over the world, I would like to express my deep sadness upon hearing this tragic news. As you know Keith and I spent many of the best years of our lives together and to witness his life coming to an end in the way that it has is painful, both to myself and to all who knew him.
As sad and tragic as Keith’s death is, I would not want this to be the lasting memory people take away with them. What I will always remember about Keith Emerson was his remarkable talent as a musician and composer and his gift and passion to entertain. Music was his life and despite some of the difficulties he encountered I am sure that the music he created will live on forever.
My deepest condolences go to Keith’s family.
May he now be at peace.
March 12, 2016
FROM SHROUD OF DESPONDENCY:
RIP Keith Emerson. This album influenced my musical senses in a way few have. Masterpiece. Beast of a musician. Sad day.
FROM GEEZER BUTLER (BLACK SABBATH):
Keith Emerson.. R.I.P.
FROM TOM GABRIEL FISCHER (TRIPTYKON, FORMERLY OF CELTIC FROST) :
Deeply shocked and utterly saddened by the death of Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, one of the most significant inspirations with regard to Celtic Frost's experimentation.
FROM BROKEN HOPE:
Rest easy, Mr. Keith Emerson. #EmersonLakeAndPalmer
FROM COLD WAVES:
As everyone gears up for the next Cold Waves, we hear that Keith Emerson, one of the iconic keyboard innovators of our time, didn't just die but possibly committed suicide.
The suicide risk for artists, for musicians, for people who work 4th shift at night, for people consistently up late, disconnected sometimes as they are from the daylight and the company of people during the day is dramatic.
And sometimes it seems like all we can do is sit and watch people who make some of the things we love lose themselves over and over again.
As we get closer to the Cold Waves event, I hope that we can all keep the dialogue going of how to create a safety net for the people around us, the citizens of the night, the people who drive so much of our most bombastic culture, and remind them that this world is for them, too.
For that bouncer, or that bartender serving you and your friends tonight, that sound person, the band, the dancers and performers, the grinders and burlesque performers. Or just that goth kid on their way to being one of those. I know we can find a way to turn our care into something actionable and real.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-