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Richard Wright, Pink Floyd founding member died Monday... RIP

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  1. jksmith269

    jksmith269 Proud Navy Veteran 1990-1995

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    LONDON, England (AP) -- Richard Wright, a founding member of the rock group Pink Floyd, died Monday. He was 65.
    Richard Wright (right) and a reunited Pink Floyd earn cheers at 2005's Live 8.

    Richard Wright (right) and a reunited Pink Floyd earn cheers at 2005's Live 8.

    Pink Floyd's spokesman Doug Wright, who is not related to the artist, said Wright died after a battle with cancer at his home in Britain. He says the band member's family did not want to give more details about his death.

    Wright met Pink Floyd members Roger Waters and Nick Mason in college and joined their early band, Sigma 6. Along with the late Syd Barrett, the four formed Pink Floyd in 1965.

    The group's jazz-infused rock and drug-laced multimedia "happenings" made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene, and their 1967 album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn," was a hit.

    In the early days of Pink Floyd, Wright, along with Barrett, was seen as the group's dominant musical force. The London-born musician and son of a biochemist wrote songs and sang.

    The band released a series of commercially and critically successful albums including 1973's "Dark Side of the Moon," which has sold more than 40 million copies. Wright wrote "The Great Gig In The Sky" and "Us And Them" for that album, and later worked on the group's epic compositions such as "Atom Heart Mother," "Echoes" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."
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    But tensions grew between Waters, Wright and fellow band member David Gilmour. The tensions came to a head during the making of "The Wall" when Waters insisted Wright be fired. As a result, Wright was relegated to the status of session musician on the tour of "The Wall," and did not perform on Pink Floyd's 1983 album "The Final Cut."

    Wright formed a new band Zee with Dave Harris, from the band Fashion, and released one album, "Identity," with Atlantic Records.

    Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985 and Wright began recording with Mason and Gilmour again, releasing the albums "The Division Bell" and "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" as Pink Floyd. Wright also released the solo albums "Wet Dream" (1978) and "Broken China" (1996).

    In July 2005, Wright, Waters, Mason and Gilmour reunited to perform at the "Live 8" charity concert in London -- the first time in 25 years they had been onstage together.

    Wright also worked on Gilmour's solo projects, most recently playing on the 2006 album "On An Island" and the accompanying world tour.

    Gilmour paid tribute to Wright on Monday, saying his input was often forgotten.

    "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."


    What a great band... RIP and prayers to his family...
  2. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    My favorite rock band.

    He sang "Us & Them." Great song.

    Us, and them
    And after all were only ordinary men.
    Me, and you.
    God only knows its noz what we would choose to do.
    Forward he cried from the rear
    And the front rank died.
    And the general sat and the lines on the map
    Moved from side to side.
    Black and blue
    And who knows which is which and who is who.
    Up and down.
    But in the end its only round and round.
    Havent you heard its a battle of words
    The poster bearer cried.
    Listen son, said the man with the gun
    Theres room for you inside.

    I mean, theyre not gunna kill ya, so if you give em a quick short,
    Sharp, shock, they wont do it again. dig it? I mean he get off
    Lightly, cos I wouldve given him a thrashing - I only hit him once!
    It was only a difference of opinion, but really...i mean good manners
    Dont cost nothing do they, eh?

    Down and out
    It cant be helped but theres a lot of it about.
    With, without.
    And wholl deny its what the fightings all about?
    Out of the way, its a busy day
    Ive got things on my mind.
    For the want of the price of tea and a slice
    The old man died.

    Yes, he did. R.I.P.
  3. Mitcha68

    Mitcha68 Member

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    I am bummed. My favorite band.
  4. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    Didn't know much about them but listened to some of their songs.

    The wall, Comfortably Numb, Learning to Fly (listening to it now) and Not now John were my favorites.

    RIP
  5. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    My favorite also! I guess we'll see him on the dark side of the moon!
  6. Cochese

    Cochese Benched

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    Shine on Rick.

    I love this band, its going to be hard to see them slip into history.
  7. Cochese

    Cochese Benched

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    Im listening to Animals (the last true Floyd album) right now in honor of Rick. Helluva musician.
  8. ZB9

    ZB9 New Member

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    great song indeed

    Richard Wright wrote it but it was sung by David Gilmour

    Wright was truly a rock legend

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