Goodbye Greg Lake – ELP Frontman Passes
Welp, another sad loss in music – Greg Lake has passed after a long battle with cancer. His death follows up Keith Emerson’s suicide earlier this year – which means, two of the three original members of Emerson, Lake and Palmer are gone.
I am really bummed to hear this news. I have always had a weird and eclectic taste in music and 70s prog has always been a part of my playlist. I would blast these guys while hanging out in my basement playing video games back in the day. By the middle 80s these guys were already considered dinosaurs and nobody I hung out with had any kind of appreciation for the greatness of this band. In 1986, I got to see Emerson, Lake and Powell at Madison Square Garden. Sure there was no Palmer – but Cozy Powell (also gone) was no slouch. It remains to this day – the loudest concert I have ever attended. My ears rang for a week.
While the music was often frenetic, Greg Lake’s smooth voice brought a cohesive sanity that bound the songs in harmonies. Absolutely one of the best voices in rock. I’ll leave this one for your listening pleasure – none of the ruckus of ELP’s usual fare – just Greg and his guitar. Rest in peace… very sad.