By Brian Ives
Emerson Lake and Palmer drummer Carl Palmer, who first shared the news of Keith Emerson’s death on Friday (March 11) has taken to his website to say that he hopes to organize a tribute concert to the legendary keyboardist.
He said, “I will be looking at putting together a tribute show to Keith Emerson hopefully in June this year, and I hope this is something you will all want to come along and see to help celebrate his music… This I feel, is the very least I can do to honour Keith’s talent and musicianship in the best way I know. ” He added “I will deeply miss Keith and I want you all to know I will carry on flying the ELP banner and playing the great music with my band for many years to come… We have lost a very talented and gifted musician but this great music will continue for a long, long time.”
Meanwhile, Emerson’s girlfriend Mari Kawaguchi told England’s Daily Mail that Emerson likely committed suicide because he feared that that his keyboard skills had greatly diminished in recent years, because nerve damage to a hand had affected his playing.
“His right hand and arm had given him problems for years,” she said. “He had an operation a few years ago to take out a bad muscle but the pain and nerve issues in his right hand were getting worse. He had concerts coming up in Japan and even though they hired a back-up keyboard player to support him, Keith was worried.”
She added, “He read all the criticism online and was a sensitive soul. Last year he played concerts and people posted mean comments such as, ‘I wish he would stop playing.'”