ROGER WATERS - "It Is Hard To Overstate The Importance Of (Richard Wright's) Musical Voice In The PINK FLOYD Of The '60s And '70s"

September 22, 2008, 15 years ago

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PINK FLOYD legend ROGER WATERS has issued the following statement regarding the passing of his fellow band mate/keyboardist Richard Wright, who died on September 15th at the age of 65 after battling cancer:

""I was very sad to hear of Rick's premature death. I knew he had been ill, but the end came suddenly and shockingly. My thoughts are with his family, particularly [his children] Jamie and Gala and their mum Juliet, who I knew very well in the old days, and always liked very much and greatly admired.

As for the man and his work, it is hard to overstate the importance of his musical voice in the Pink Floyd of the '60s and '70s. The intriguing, jazz influenced, modulations and voicings so familiar in 'Us and Them' and 'Great Gig in the Sky,' which lent those compositions both their extraordinary humanity and their majesty, are omnipresent in all the collaborative work the four of us did in those times. Rick's ear for harmonic progression was our bedrock.

I am very grateful for the opportunity that Live 8 afforded me to engage with him and David [Gilmour] and Nick [Mason] that one last time. I wish there had been more."

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