Pink Floyd keyboard player and founder member Richard Wright has died aged 65 from cancer.
Sad news. I listened to Pink Floyd religiously throughout my high school and college years. Like many fans, The Wall
was the first album I bought by them, having heard "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" on the radio a million times. That album was later followed by purchases of Animals
, Wish You Were Here
and The Dark Side of the Moon
(these were the old LPs, with the big slipcases that opened up to reveal inner artwork -- one of the few drawbacks to CDs is that we don't get those anymore). After that, I turned to their earlier works like the psychedelic A Saucerful of Secrets
and the experimental double album Ummagumma
. I even owned a VHS copy of Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii
and once attended a showing of Laser Floyd at the Hayden Planetarium. I never saw them live, but I did get to see Roger Waters in concert during the Radio KAOS
tour, which was almost like a Pink Floyd concert considering how many of their songs Water performed.
Somewhere in my collection, I think I have an old cassette of one of Richard Wright's solo albums.