co-founded equally legenday band.
By Fred Mills
Richard “Rick” Wright, founding member and keyboardist for
Pink Floyd, died today at his home in England following a short battle
with cancer. According to A.P. reports Wright’s family has not released any
details about the death and the news was announced by a spokesman for the band.
Wright was 65.
Wright founded the band in 1965 along with Roger Waters, Syd
Barrett and Nick Mason, and though his relationship later became stormy with
Waters – he was forced out of the band during the making of The Wall, only to be “hired” back as a
session musician, ultimately leading him to quit in the early ‘80s – he
returned to the fold in the post-Waters era when guitarist David Gilmore took
the helms of the band. Over the years he continued to work with Gilmore, both
in Pink Floyd and on Gilmore’s solo projects. In 2005 Wright, Gilmore, Mason
and Waters performed a one-off reunion show at the Live 8 festival in London.
Wright also released a couple of modest-selling but
well-regarded solo albums, 1978’s Wet
Dream and 1996’s Broken China.
Both are well-worth seeking out.
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