The Great Gig in the Sky

Il concerto più bello della mia vita, ancora oggi per me indimenticabile, fu qualche anno fa a Firenze. C’era David Gilmour in piazza e suonava pezzi suoi e quelli dei Pink Floyd. Vecchi ed affascinanti giochi di luce, una qualità sonora impressionante, la migliore che mi sia mai capitata di ascoltare ad un live.
Certo, David non aveva più la voce per fare “Shine on your crazy diamond” ma era forte lo stesso.

Quelli della mia generazione conoscono poco di quel gruppo e se provi a dirgli che è morto Richard Wright probabilmente non sanno neanche chi sia. Wright era il tastierista dei Pink Floyd ma non solo.
Lo stesso Gilmour scrive un post (pieno di commenti) nel suo blog e lo ricorda in homepage sul suo sito:

No one can replace Richard Wright. He was my musical partner and my friend.

In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick’s enormous input was frequently forgotten.

He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound.

I have never played with anyone quite like him. The blend of his and my voices and our musical telepathy reached their first major flowering in 1971 on ‘Echoes’. In my view all the greatest PF moments are the ones where he is in full flow. After all, without ‘Us and Them’ and ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’, both of which he wrote, what would ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ have been? Without his quiet touch the Album ‘Wish You Were Here’ would not quite have worked.
In our middle years, for many reasons he lost his way for a while, but in the early Nineties, with ‘The Division Bell’, his vitality, spark and humour returned to him and then the audience reaction to his appearances on my tour in 2006 was hugely uplifting and it’s a mark of his modesty that those standing ovations came as a huge surprise to him, (though not to the rest of us).

Like Rick, I don’t find it easy to express my feelings in words, but I loved him and will miss him enormously.

David Gilmour
Monday 15th September 2008

In un minuto di silenzio lo celebro a modo mio ascoltando uno dei pezzi più belli della storia della musica composto dallo stesso Wright, il video che vedete sopra è tratto da un live.
In fondo cosa sarebbe stato The Dark Side of the Moon senza l’atmosfera del piano di Wright? Bye bye Rick.


– Se ne vanno sempre i migliori o i più discussi. Ci ha lasciato pure Stefano Rosso. Peccato.

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