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Another one gone....Greg Lake dies at 69 of Cancer


Bill W

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Just heard the sad news on my drive in to work. Thank you for your great talent, inspiration, thoughtfulness, and your kind, affable soul, Mr. Lake. As you would sing, "Death is life."

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."

- George Bernard Shaw

 

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I'm so glad I flew to London in 2010 to my first ever ELP show which turned out to be their last.

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Another great gone - ELP were up there with the very best of prog.

And there will be no other keyboard player like Emerson.

Two in one year :cry:

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The first time I saw and heard Greg was at this concert below... in November of 1969 at the West Palm Beach Pop Festival, King Crimson played two out of the three days. This performance changed my musical life! We will miss your amazing talent, Greg.

 

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I always loved his voice. So British and so intimate. I've been listening to 'From The Beginning' and 'Still You Turn Me On'.

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I just found out and couldn't think of a more appropriate place to share my grief than this forum.

 

2016 is a year full of tears for me. Another ocean shed for the frontman and bassist for what was to me, the most influential musical group of all.

 

I owe so much to Emerson, Lake and Palmer in as much as how they shaped my approach to composition.

 

It seems that so many torches are going dim this year, I just hope with all the feverishness that I can muster that Gregory Stuart Lake is the last great hero to exit the stage before we ring in a hopefully more joyous 2017.

 

Carl

 

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What a week of grief. We're still reeling from the Oakland fire (many of us knew people who perished).

 

Greg Lake was one of about a half dozen or so bassists that are the reason I picked that instrument as my main axe after I left the classical world behind.

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I skipped ELP in favour of Yes back in the mid-70's, much to my regret (mostly because Yes played at the echoic Boston Garden sports arena, and pretty much only played Topographic Oceans), but made up for it with the Black Moon tour in the 90's.

 

Although he had put on a lot of weight and wasn't quite as energetic, Lake's voice was still full of passion, and his bass playing was tight beyond compare. That concert remains one of the highlights of my life.

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I got to see the "Brain Salad Surgery" tour and remember being mightily impressed with Greg. I knew him from King Crimson, so it was a pleasure to hear him live, but imagine the huge balls it took to stand up there next to Keith and Carl! He was even more of a bedrock-bassist because of the trio setting. Keith always seemed to stay out of Greg's range in the right places. Sure, the YouTube videos can sound a bit quaint, decades later, but never forget that they pulled that off live, year after year. It was like a smokin' New Orleans house band that was a living cutting contest. The nearest thing to a sequencer to be had was that venerable old Moog module. So any time I get a bass track in the pocket, I owe part of it to hearing Greg. :cheers:

 

 

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Awesome track posting Mr. Bryce.

 

Instead of playing my usual jazz sampler for my junior high jazz band this morning, I played "Lucky Man". ELP came to Edmonton only once (1990s). Today, for the second time this year, I'm wearing the t-shirt that I bought that night.

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