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09-15-2008, 02:23 PM
Pink Floyd's Rick Wright dies aged 65


Keyboardist and singer passes away after suffering from cancer

Pink Floyd's keyboardist and occasional singer and songwriter Rick Wright has died aged 65.

The musician, who formed the influential band with Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Syd Barrett in 1965, passed away today (September 15) after battling with cancer.

A spokesman said: "The family of Richard Wright, founder member of Pink Floyd, announce with great sadness that Richard died today after a short struggle with cancer.

"The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time."

As well as playing keyboards, Wright contributed a number of songs to the band in their early years, including 'Paintbox', 'Remember A Day' and 'Summer '68', and also contributed prominent vocals to the band's 1971 23-minute classic 'Echoes'.

He will most likely be remembered primarily for 'The Great Gig In The Sky', his stately song on 1973's million-selling 'Dark Side Of The Moon'.

Although his influence in the band declined, and he was eventually forced to leave as a full-time member during sessions for 1979's 'The Wall', Wright returned as a session musician and rejoined the band when Roger Waters left, performing on hit albums including 1994's 'The Division Bell'.

After the '70s line-up reunited for a one-off gig at 2005's Live 8, Wright has recently been seen regularly performing with Pink Floyd singer and guitarist David Gilmour.

The keyboardist also released a handful of solo albums and worked on albums by founding member Syd Barrett, who died in 2006.

09-15-2008, 02:25 PM
Pink Floyd - "The Great Gig in the Sky"

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09-15-2008, 02:25 PM
RIP :(

09-15-2008, 02:30 PM
Wow, horrible.

09-15-2008, 02:33 PM
read this earlier...bad deal.

09-15-2008, 02:36 PM
Damn. The day the music died.



09-15-2008, 02:37 PM
Just discovered this was posted in Mediacenter first:


Sorry for the repost, then.

09-15-2008, 04:07 PM
When I heard about this...alll I thought about was this:

Hey you, out there in the cold
Getting lonely, getting old
Can you feel me?
Hey you, standing in the aisles
With itchy feet and fading smiles
Can you feel me?
Hey you, dont help them to bury the light
Dont give in without a fight.

Hey you, out there on your own
Sitting naked by the phone
Would you touch me?
Hey you, with you ear against the wall
Waiting for someone to call out
Would you touch me?
Hey you, would you help me to carry the stone?
Open your heart, Im coming home.

But it was only fantasy.
The wall was too high,
As you can see.
No matter how he tried,
He could not break free.
And the worms ate into his brain.

Hey you, standing in the road
Always doing what youre told,
Can you help me?
Hey you, out there beyond the wall,
Breaking bottles in the hall,
Can you help me?
Hey you, dont tell me theres no hope at all
Together we stand, divided we fall.

[click of tv being turned on]
Well, only got an hour of daylight left. better get started
Isnt it unsafe to travel at night?
Itll be a lot less safe to stay here. youre fathers gunna pick up our trail before long
Can loca ride?
Yeah, I can ride... magaret, time to go! maigret, thank you for everything
Goodbye chenga
Goodbye miss ...
Ill be back

Simply Red
09-15-2008, 04:19 PM

09-15-2008, 04:22 PM
RIP Mr. Wright. :(

09-15-2008, 04:45 PM
Thanks for all the great music and for influencing countless generations of musicians...including myself. Enjoy the Great Gig in the Sky!

RIP Richard:bravo:

09-15-2008, 05:21 PM
That's just really sad. Great keyboardist in a great band. RIP.

09-15-2008, 05:34 PM
awe man...rip mr wright

09-15-2008, 05:52 PM
I always loved St Tropez off of Meddle. One of my favorite Floyd tunes.

09-15-2008, 07:37 PM
These deaths only serve to remind me of my mortality. Travel well, Mr. Wright.

09-15-2008, 09:06 PM

09-15-2008, 11:09 PM
RIP Dark Side is one of me favorites ...

09-15-2008, 11:14 PM
Thanks for everything, Rick. Truly one of the greatest bands in rock music.

09-15-2008, 11:17 PM
"Great Gig" snatched my heart back in the day. Good work, Mr. Wright.