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September 15, 2008

R.I.P. Rick Wright

Rick Wright, founding member and keyboardist for Pink Floyd, died today after briefly battling cancer. He was 65.

Wright was an innovative keyboardist who contributed to some of rock's most memorable songs. Here is a fairly recent video of him singing "Comfortably Numb" with David Gilmour:

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:46 PM | | Comments (9)



They need to get back together soon...they keep dying off! Gilmore and Roger Waters just need to get along

David Gilmour, I think, would be more likely together again. Roger Waters will probably never get over that there was a Pink Floyd organized against his wishes. The Final Cut", the last album before the break up of the famous line up, was basically a Roger Waters solo album. I think Waters viewed Pink Floyd as primarily his band as Gilmour was brought in to replace founder Syd Barrett.

Good point, GDA. I was just watching a DVD about the making of Dark Side of the Moon -- the last album the band worked on as a band, according to them.

At the time, Floyd was still a relatively under the radar band in the U.S., and they hoped Dark Side would make them rich and famous. It did.

But then, there was nowhere else to go -- nothing to strive for. So they looked back, and wrote Wish You Were Here. But they were never a unit again like they once had been.

Still wish there was a reunion tour even just as a tribute to syd barret and rick wright

one of the ruly great bands. pretty much of any day since their music , like much of the music of the 70's seems to be still very popular today (an not just with us 50+'ers).
there was a breif shot of their drummer in this clip, and he didn't look like nick mason. did he die also?

ps i saw most of the really good rock bands in the 70's, but sadley, i missed out on pink floyd. i understand from my friends that their 70's shows were absolutly awsome!!!!

Granted it's not a Pink Floyd recording, but I posted a recording I made of The Machine (Floyd cover band from NYC) back in 2004:

I love Pink Floyd, evidenced by three of my tattoos, but I think you can pretty much chalk the full band down to "retired."

If you're a Pink Floyd fan, don't miss Several Species -- they're playing their annual gig at Pier Six this Saturday night. Local guys, but (IMO) a much better Floyd cover band than The Machine (whom I've also seen live).

They did a nice tribute when Syd Barrett died two years ago, and I'll be curious to see what they do this week to mark the sudden and sad passing of Rick Wright.

RIP to a great and under-appreciated part of one of rock's all-time great bands.

The Pink Floyd (with Syd Barrett), 1967 BBC 1 performance of “Astronomy Domine” (starts at 1.50 minute in) and interview with Roger & Syd:

The Pink Floyd (with David Gilmour) - “Astronomy Domine”, a short except but good quality:

The Pink Floyd, an early rehearsal where Richard Wright starts the performance:

Pink Floyd Interview 1988 for French(?) TV, much about Roger Water’s departure and influence and Richard‘s return:

David Gilmour first meet Phil Manzanera in 1967, prior to Gilmour joining Pink Floyd and Manzanera joining Roxy Music. In recent years they have been working on each others projects.
They co-wrote "One Slip" that appearred on the album "A Momentary Lapse of Reason".
A live performance with Richard Wright:

More recently they co-produced David Gilmour's album "On an Island", a live performance the title track with Manzanera:

David Gilmour with Phil Manzanera, Richard Wright & - Wots... Uh, the deal?:

Phil Manzanera - Frontera:

If your curious about Manzanera in the context of Roxy Music (1972 line up with Brian Eno):

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