Richard Wright, 1943-2008
Rock legend and Pink Floyd founder, Richard Wright, succumbed to cancer yesterday at the age of 65. Along with the late Syd Barrett, Nick Mason and Roger Waters, Wright hit the scene in 1965 with Pink Floyd and the psychadelic infused The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.
Wright was the keyboardist and sometimes tempest of Pink Floyd who had on-going differences with Roger Waters. Waters actually tried to kick Wright out of the band in the early ’70s and relegated him to the background on the epic Dark Side of the Moon. Matter of fact, he didn’t even record on 1983’s The Final Cut.
As tensions grew between he, Waters, and David Gilmour, Wright left Pink Floyd and formed a new band called Zee that didn’t see much success. When Waters left Pink Floyd, Wright re-joined his old friends Mason and Gilmour in Pink Floyd in 1985. In 2005, during “Live 8” Waters joined his old bandmates for a Pink Floyd performance. It was the first time they had appeared together in 25 years.
David Gilmour expressed the loss of Richard Wright as such:
“He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognized Pink Floyd sound,” he said. “I have never played with anyone quite like him.”
Pink Floyd is a Rock institution and we have lost one hip professor.
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Money, Live 8 “Reunion”
The Wall, The Anthem of a Generation