This year has been rough on classic rock stars, and we’ve lost another one. GREG LAKE from KING CRIMSON and EMERSON, LAKE, AND PALMER died of cancer on Wednesday. He was 69.
His manager made the announcement, but didn’t specify what kind of cancer Greg was fighting.
The last surviving member CARL PALMER paid tribute to Greg on Facebook. Quote, “It’s with great sadness that I must now say goodbye to my friend. I have fond memories of those great years we had in the 1970s . . .
“As Greg sang at the end of ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, ‘death is life.’ His music can now live forever in the hearts of all who loved him.” (Here are more tributes.)
Of course, this means that 2016 has claimed two-thirds of the band. KEITH EMERSON committed suicide back in March. He’d been struggling with depression, and a degenerative nerve issue that made playing difficult.
Keith’s girlfriend said that Internet trolls were partially to blame because they called him out over his playing at recent gigs, and it really got to him. (Remember Greg by revisiting “I Believe in Father Christmas”, here.)