Suicide?

TMZ is reporting that Keith Emerson’s death is being investigated as a suicide. Damn it!

They reported that he had a degenerative nerve issue that was taking away his ability to play the keyboard and as a result he’d been suffering from depression. They also say his death was caused by a gun shot to the head.

There isn’t a lot to the story, but you can read it here.

If this is true then it makes the whole thing 100000 times worse. Couldn’t he have died in his sleep, surrounded by close friends and family the way he deserved? Damn it!

Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer fame (also of The Nice) died last night. Last I heard we don’t know what happened, but the world has lost yet another gigantic talent.

When it came to keyboard players, for me it was a toss up between Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman, with Tony Banks and probably Jon Lord coming in a close second. His skill level as a performer (show off), arranger, composer, and overall musician can never, ever be overstated. Rest in Peace Keith Emerson.

Paul Kantner

I’m so down over Paul Kantner’s passing.  It seems stupid to be so effected by the death of someone I never met, but this sucks.

I’m putzing around on youtube.  Here are a few…

This is from February 1970.  It’s not Spencer Dryden on drums, so it must be Joe Covington.  Give this a NSFW tag due to language and a little hippie toplessness, but it’s worth it for “We Can Be Together” and “Mexico”.

 

Did you know that Jefferson Airplane did a rooftop concert that was broken up by the cops a whole year before the Beatles?

 

Monterey Pop.

 

This one says it’s from 1970, but I don’t think it is.  I think it’s a bit earlier than that.  Spencer Dryden is on the drums and I think he left in December 1969 after Altamont.  But what do I know.  This clip more or less proves that Jack Cassidy is a god.  Just saying.