It pains us to bring news of yet another creative icon leaving this world… after all, we’re still in the depths of grief over the loss of iconic artists David Bowie, Wes Craven, Angus Scrimm, Gunnar Hansen and Lemmy Kilmister, to name just a few.
But news waits for no one — no matter how painful — and this time it’s our sad duty to announce the death of Keith Noel Emerson, co-founder of iconic progressive rock trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP), a groundbreaking keyboardist and composer best known to horror fans for his amazing organ-based score to INFERNO — Dario Argento’s sequel to his classic SUSPIRIA and the second in the “Three Mothers” trilogy.
ELP’s official Facebook just confirmed the news of Emerson’s passing today at his home in Santa Monica, CA. His ELP band-mate Carl Palmer issued the following statement:
I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson. Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come. He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz. I will always remember his warm smile, good sense of humor, compelling showmanship, and dedication to his musical craft. I am very lucky to have known him and to have made the music we did, together.
Emerson famously forged new creative and technical paths in the world of electronic music, and his keyboard wizardry propelled albums like ELP’s Brain Salad Surgery to legendary status. As a solo artist, he excelled at musical scores, which included the Sylvester Stallone action-thriller NIGHTHAWKS, Lucio Fulci’s giallo-esque slasher MURDERROCK, and GODZILLA: FINAL WARS, the final chapter in Toho’s “Millennium Series” of kaiju films.