By Brian Ives
Legendary progressive rock keyboardist Keith Emerson of Emerson Lake and Palmer has passed away at age 71.
Emerson’s ELP bandmate Carl Palmer posted the following message on his official website,
“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″
Emerson’s other ELP bandmate, bassist/singer/guitarist Greg Lake, had not commented at press time.