Una leggenda assoluta. Muore a 71 anni Keith Noel Emerson. A dare la triste notizia Carl Palmer.
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
The Nice (dal 1967 al 1970 e nel 2002), Emerson, Lake & Palmer (dal 1970 al 1979 e dal 1991 al 1998 e ancora nel 2010), Emerson, Lake & Powell, 3, Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, Gary Farr & the T-Bones, V.I.P.’s, Keith Emerson Band, The Best. Alcuni dei gruppi nei quali ha lasciato l’indelebile firma senza contare le numerosissime collaborazioni, le decine di soundtrack (da ricordare quelle “italiane” per i film di Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci e Michele Soavi…), i riconoscimenti in mezzo globo fino all’entrata nella Hammond Hall of Fame del 2014. Emerson lascia i due figli Aaron Ole Emerson e Damon Keith Emerson avuti dalla ex-moglie Elinor. Keith Emerson si è suicidato con un colpo di pistola alla testa. A ritrovare il corpo nella casa di Santa Monica (California) la sua compagna Mari Kawaguchi. Emerson soffriva di depressione a causa di una malattia degenerativa che lo aveva colpito ai nervi della mano destra, impedendogli l’uso di un paio di dita.
UPDATE – Mari Kawaguchi racconta al Daily Mail:
His right hand and arm had given him problems for years. He had an operation a few years ago to take out a bad muscle but the pain and nerve issues in his right hand were getting worse. He had concerts coming up in Japan and even though they hired a back-up keyboard player to support him, Keith was worried. He read all the criticism online and was a sensitive soul. Last year he played concerts and people posted mean comments such as, ‘I wish he would stop playing.’ He was tormented with worry that he wouldn’t be good enough. He was planning to retire after Japan. He didn’t want to let down his fans. He was a perfectionist and the thought he wouldn’t play perfectly made him depressed, nervous and anxious.