The amazing musician and the legend of the progressive rock music, Keith Emerson, tragically died on Thursday, March 10, at the age of 71.
Founder of one of the most popular progressive rock groups of the 1970s, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP), Emerson ended his life by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, a tragic move which was supposedly result of fan criticism online experienced by Emerson, throughout past years.
Anyone who knew this musical genius, whom many called “Hendrix of the keyboard”, said that he was a sensitive soul who couldn’t stand the pressure of facing heartless online attacks by his fans who criticized the quality of his late music and suggested him to give up on music.
Carl Palmer, his bandmate and friend, called him a pioneer and an innovator whose genius touched all the musicians in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz. Emerson spent 40 years performing and writing music for ELP, that had its last tour in 2010.
Deeply affected by discovery of Hammond organ and Moog in his teenage years, he became one of the biggest keyboardist of his generation. He was known for his frequent use of classical music in combination with progressive rock. Emerson was also known for his long solo career in which he released several solo albums and film scores, including some of the OSTs for the Bixio Music. He was the music composer of the cult Dario Argento’s horror film “Inferno”, Michele Soavi’s “The Church” and Lucio Fulci’s “Murderock”, all three being a part of the Bixio catalogue.
We are deeply sad to having lost this amazing musician and inspiring friend and we send sincere condolences to his entire family in friends.