Greg Lake, one of two remaining members of the band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, took to Twitter this weekend to mourn the passing of band mate Keith Emerson. Emerson’s passing was announced by his longtime partner, Mari Kawaguchi, on Friday. He was 71.
Greg Lake on his ELP bandmate Keith Emerson: "Music was his life" https://t.co/HEqFhPKNFh
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) March 13, 2016
Greg Lake shared a link to his website, where he posted this thoughts on Keith Emerson’s passing.
#GregLake issues statement on passing of bandmate and friend #KeithEmerson: https://t.co/Tcoq4ffid6 pic.twitter.com/cWN76kpixA
— GregLakeWebsite (@GregLakeWebsite) March 12, 2016
Several hours later, a new tweet went out from Greg Lake’s account, saying his website was having issues. The new tweet contains the post in its entirety.
From Eileen: apologies for #GregLake site crashing yesterday – his statement is attached if you couldn't access. pic.twitter.com/7ZNhdRBuKJ
— GregLakeWebsite (@GregLakeWebsite) March 13, 2016
Emerson, Lake and Palmer had six platinum records in the 1970s. The band broke up in 1979, only to reunite in 1991. After disbanding for a second time, they reunited again in 2010 for one final tour.
In addition to Greg Lake and Keith Emerson, the band included Carl Palmer. Palmer issued a statement regarding Keith Emerson’s death as well.
“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 said. “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.”
Keith Emerson died in his sleep. No cause of death has yet been announced.
Greg Lake and Carl Palmer will no doubt remember their friend and band mate forever. His legacy lives on in the recordings the three men made back in the 70s.