Pink Floyd's Rick Wright: R.I.P.

Pink Floyd's Rick Wright :: 07.28.43 - 09.15.08

Rick Wright
Pink Floyd keyboardist and founding member Richard "Rick" Wright passed away today (Monday, September 15). According to a post on David Gilmour's website, "Richard died today after a short struggle with cancer." He was 65.

Wright co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with guitarist Syd Barrett, bassist Roger Waters and drummer Nick Mason. Known primarily as a keyboardist, Wright also sang and earned songwriting credits on several of Floyd's most popular albums including Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here.

Wright continued to work with Pink Floyd through the 80s and 90s and is featured heavily on the final Floyd studio album, 1994's The Division Bell. He also participated in the Pink Floyd reunion that occurred for Live 8 in 2005 (read the review here).

In addition to his work with Pink Floyd, Wright put out two solo albums, 1978's Wet Dream and 1996's Broken China, as well as 1984's Identity with Dave Harris.

[Published on: 9/15/08]

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cody418 Mon 9/15/2008 12:13PM
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Flat5 starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/15/2008 12:15PM
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Pink Floyd founding member. thats huge. never knew we shared a birthday, either. he will be missed.,

Ter Mon 9/15/2008 12:16PM
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Rick you will be missed - Set the Controls for the heart of the Sun.

mesaxi Mon 9/15/2008 12:16PM
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Well, there go my chances at ever seeing Floyd, up to that Great Gig in the Sky.

RIP Rick

RambleOnShelbyRose Mon 9/15/2008 12:17PM
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Rick Wright gave many generations something to identify with. RIP.

acomma Mon 9/15/2008 12:18PM
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Wow. What horrible news. RIP Mr. Wright, the impact of your music with Floyd is almost untouchble. Timeless stuff.

O1Roggae starstarstarstar Mon 9/15/2008 12:23PM
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Really sad to hear this news. I am listening to echoes right now and it is so weird that I read about this right after I just turned on Echoes. R.I.P. Gilmour and Waters need to come together for a tribute. It'll never happen though.

Tomfoolery Mon 9/15/2008 12:33PM
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Dude that truly sucks balls. I just got my copy of Obscured by Clouds back yesterday and will be spinning it tonight in his honor. Any material before Darkside is my favorite era of Floyd; there's just more group unity in the band's vision, making Wright more prevailent. He will be missed.

toaster100 starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/15/2008 12:33PM
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Really sad news...Floyd really had an enormous impact on me, like I would assume most readers of jambase probably share. I would reccommend anybody who wants a more personal view of Rick Wright, go watch the "Remember That Night" DVD. It is from a Gilmour tour, but rick plays on that tour also. The second disc from that set has a lot of behind the scenes footage of rick & gilmour, not to mention waters, bowie, crosby and nash...RIP...random fact: I used to plow the driveway of a house he owned in Big Sky Montana...RIP

PUFNSTUF1 Mon 9/15/2008 12:34PM
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What bummer news. I was lucky enough to see Pink Floyd do the Wall at a couple of shows in Los Angeles back in 1980 (the one where the Wall caught on fire). After those shows I have never really gotten into big productions at concerts. And its all Pink Floyd's fault. Not that the shows sucked by any stretch of the imagination, I just knew right then and there that no one would ever be able to top it.

Kick it into Interstellar Overdrive Rick and we'll see you on the Dark Side of the Moon.

acomma Mon 9/15/2008 12:38PM
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Floyd's music is almost like a rite of passage. Their music is what signaled an expansion of musical tastes on my part. toaster, it's crazy to think about how many people share a similar experience with Floyd's music. This really sucks.

ermishkin Mon 9/15/2008 12:41PM
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I started listening to Pink Floyd when I was 17. I had some formal piano training when I was a kid but gave it up by the age of 10 and only after immersing myself in the music of Pink Floyd did I decide to start playing piano again. I’ve been playing now for almost 15 years and have always considered Mr. Wright to be one of my biggest influences. I try to keep up on the music scene but am ashamed to say I didn’t even know he was sick. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and former band members and I just want to say THANK YOU Rick for being such an inspiration to so many. Tonight will be the Great Gig in the Sky and you’ll be Shining. RIP!!!

Galacticfunk2 Mon 9/15/2008 12:42PM
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totally sad news. He was great.Love his work on Animals. Saw them do the Wall at Nassau and then to see him to keys live on the reunion tours was off the charts. Wish you were here!

chinacatsunflower1989 starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/15/2008 12:43PM
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RIP. he has been taken out of this world, and transported to another with syd barrett waiting to welcome him

D-Line Mon 9/15/2008 12:45PM
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today is the day pink floyd has truely died.

D-Line Mon 9/15/2008 12:48PM
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glad i got to see gilmore's last tour, wright was at all of them, p.s. he wrote echoes, and seeing that song live at radiocity was one of the best concert moments of my life.

Tpetty Mon 9/15/2008 12:55PM
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So sad. Maybe the other guys will play some kind of concert in memorial of him...

iwantstogetfunkedup Mon 9/15/2008 01:01PM
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Sad news...I'm glad I went to the Pulse tour in '94 at Oakland Coliseum as this was the only time I will ever see Floyd.

Toastponcho starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/15/2008 01:09PM
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The TOAST nation Salutes the life & work of Richard Wright.

I would personally like to thank Rick for all the great music he has given to the world, especially for writing ‘Summer 69’, ‘Remember A Day’, ‘A great Gig in the Sky’, ‘Us and Them’ & his perfect harmonies with Dave on ‘Echoes’ & with Syd on ‘Astronomy Domine’…….(<>)

At least Syd has some good company in heaven now. & someone who knows how to play all his crazy songs…

Toastponcho Mon 9/15/2008 01:10PM
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dragonwithmatches starstarstarstar Mon 9/15/2008 01:10PM
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A musical god has been lost. RICK RIP old friend. May you be greeted by the masses when you get to the heavenly gates. The magic you created will never be duplicated.

Bylimb Mon 9/15/2008 01:11PM
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"Remember a Day before today, a day when you were young"...What a loss! Words can not express my sympathy for his family and friends. I saw the reformed Pink Floyd in '94, and I too was at Radio City for the Gilmour tour. I loved hearing Rick do "Wearing the Inside Out", and add his harmony on "Wot's...uh the deal" I'm sure David takes comfort in having done that last tour with his longtime brother...not to mention the rest of the boys for the Live 8 show. I'll watch the 2nd disc of the "Remember that Night" DVD, just seeing Rick playing that old organ in the church, the same exact one used in "Saucerful"...chills...

joeyb4 Mon 9/15/2008 01:18PM
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Thank you Richard!! Pink Floyd laid out a path for me. I followed and found a whole world of music. My Father played Dark Side of the Moon in my room while I was in my crib. Thank you Thank you Thank you! Enjoy your afterlife, whatever that may be!

Sixmilliondollarman Mon 9/15/2008 01:20PM
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Cancer sucks!

rider11 starstarstarstar Mon 9/15/2008 01:22PM
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Thanks for all the great music and the footprint you left in the music world. RIP

sunnbear Mon 9/15/2008 01:24PM
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Wow! I'm speechless!

Putnameter Mon 9/15/2008 01:24PM
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Wow, this is horrible news. Condolences to the Wright family and Gilmour and Waters. Shine on, Rick, we love and miss you, brother. My favorite Floyd tune, any colour you like will now live in infamy. I cant believe this.

Robusto Mon 9/15/2008 01:27PM
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Oh where do I begin . . . :(

gmoo Mon 9/15/2008 01:28PM
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Very sad. I'll always remember his work fondly. Us and Them is one of my favorite songs.

Robusto Mon 9/15/2008 01:29PM
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DG's comment on his site is really nice.

panicpanicpanic! Mon 9/15/2008 01:31PM
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RIP and thank you for everything. Thoughts and prayers go to his family. But what a legacy to leave behind. Thank you!

Robusto Mon 9/15/2008 01:36PM
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PS> For anyone who doesn't know . . . the bonus material for the 'Remember That Night' DVD is worth the purchase price alone. Lot's of Wright on there too.

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/15/2008 01:39PM
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Wow...this was unexpected. Rest in Peace. I'm really glad I got the chance to see Rick play Echoes...I saw him w/ David Gilmour a couple of years ago and it was a truly amazing show from start to finish. ***Now engaiging in Interstellar Overdrive.**

_Sugaree_ Mon 9/15/2008 01:50PM
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Thank you for all the wonderful music Rick. You will be missed. RIP

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Mon 9/15/2008 02:12PM
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The likelihood of a PF live tour now seems much smaller. But Pink Floyd went out on top, a new album in 94, and a big tour, thats the way to go. What a band, what a body of material.

Rick Wright Thank you for your musical contributions over the years.

brendan3 starstarstar Mon 9/15/2008 02:16PM
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how right you are mimiluv, i was at the radio city shows too and felt blessed to see richard wright play with gilmore. you will be missed Mr. Wright

zerox120 Mon 9/15/2008 02:25PM
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Well, my dream of a reunion tour are officially dead.

Cola21 Mon 9/15/2008 02:26PM
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WildeYoh Mon 9/15/2008 02:45PM
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R.I.P. Rick, a genius in his own Wright.

Umphreek87 Mon 9/15/2008 02:49PM
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This is a sad day in music. Rick Wright, part of the most influential/greatest bands in modern history, died...this fuckin sux. i only wish they had a global reunion tour before his death. that probably would have the most badass tour in history. AND IT FUCKIN SUX HE DIED ON MY 21ST BIRTHDAY. WTF!

YEM328 starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/15/2008 02:53PM
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thank you for alll the great music and have fun playing the great gig in the sky. Rest In Peace

torn&treyed Mon 9/15/2008 02:56PM
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RIP..... [I'm not afraid to die, why should I be afraid to die...we all gotta go sometime]

gOdWesSaTaN Mon 9/15/2008 03:38PM
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Shine On Rick Shine On

adamjfreed Mon 9/15/2008 04:06PM
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RIP Rick. This is really some sad news. Rick should have spent his last years with Floyd, one of the few original classic rock bands that had reatained its members. My condolences to his family and friends. Shine on

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jacoyle1 Mon 9/15/2008 05:08PM
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futhepharmer starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/15/2008 05:09PM
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the end of an era. truly unsettling news. I saw Floyd on the Animals tour at Anaheim Stadium in California. They played all of the Animals album (complete with the first year of the floating pig that blew up in flames every night) in order, then they played all of Wish you were Here in order, then they encored with money and Us and Them from Darkside. Incredible cannot come close to describing it. It was a baseball stadium and the had set up huge speakers in all four corners of the stadium (the band played at the centerfield wall) and when David Gilmore would go into a solo, they would send it around and around ( the first original surround sound!) and it would absolutely make your head spin. Definately one of my all time favorite concert memories. The next night I went back and got busted in the parking lot! It's good to be old!

jeffro87 Mon 9/15/2008 05:11PM
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Rick was just as important as anyone else in Floyd... he's on to the great gig in the sky

sixstringbrad Mon 9/15/2008 05:18PM
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I could not be more shocked. So very sad.

**Ziggy Stardust** starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/15/2008 05:37PM
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**Ziggy Stardust**

You will be dearly missed as you now play that great gig in the sky=(

brooklynite84 Mon 9/15/2008 05:40PM
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This is a sad shock in my mind, Pink Floyd is by far one of the greatest bands ever and i really enjoyed Rick's keyboards just as much as Gilmour's guitar playing...just listen to Ummagumma disc 2 and you'll hear what i mean. He played a key role and a very essential part of that band just as much as Waters, Mason and Gilmour...i'm happy to know he at least played on Gilmour's last tour for On the Island which was amazing, which now can be seen as a great send off or tribute to his genius...RIP RICK - you were one of a kind!

Kaleidoscope Eyes Mon 9/15/2008 06:17PM
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I was graced in 2006 to see the "On An Island" tour two nights in a row. I Flew from Colorado solo to see The Kodak Theatre and Gibson Amphitheatre performances. I felt so blessed seeing Richard and David perform the more obscure classics like Wot's...uh the Deal?, Fat Old Sun, Arnold Layne and not to leave out ECHOES. To have seen Echoes performed two nights in a row was truly an honor I will cherish in my heart forever. Thank you Mr. Wright for making me more enlightened in my musical and everyday life.

With Love and Respect


migus00 Mon 9/15/2008 06:29PM
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very sad. I was lucky enought to catch the LA show in 06 with David Gilmore. It was a fucking awesome show. RIP Rick

migus00 Mon 9/15/2008 06:31PM
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jeffro87, wish I could give you 2 thumbs up on that comment

Mr_McDankenstein Mon 9/15/2008 06:35PM
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Been listening to DSOTM all day since I found out. and boy does he touch my soul with any colour you like

rainydaywomen420 Mon 9/15/2008 06:40PM
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Fuck cancer, truly awesome musician i held much respect for being that the keys are my soul and he could play the hell out of em. Definitley responsible for a lot of the orchestrations weve all come to know and love.

Kaleidoscope Eyes Mon 9/15/2008 06:56PM
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Lets keep our HIGH HOPES for a cure to cancer

Run, BIKE, walk or whatever you do to help raise awareness and support in this war against something that has taken people from us that we value and love.

Be it a grampa, dad, mom, guitarist, keyboardist, singer or some guy you have never heard of, noone deserves this horrible fate.

oboyler Mon 9/15/2008 07:46PM
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Rick Wright contributed keyboards to one of the most unique and influential (especially to the jam community) bands of all time. Floyd was one of my first favorite bands and its sad that they deterioted like they did. Its sad like the above comment said it feels like floyd truly has died. I dont think ive met anyone with any musical taste at all that doesnt like floyd

HoodooVoodoo Mon 9/15/2008 09:11PM
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Danimal and Migus - I have an aud copy of the Gibson Amphitheatre show on 4/20/06. If you are interested in a copy let me know.

dontpanic56 Tue 9/16/2008 08:01AM
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JaphyTaphy Tue 9/16/2008 09:34AM
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So much from the Floyd would not have even approached what it became had it not been for Wright. though not in the limelight as much as most of his other bandmates, a creative and inspirational mind nonetheless who gave of himself and contributed immensely to their catalog. Shine On...

Gizzle Tue 9/16/2008 09:45AM
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This is very sad. Pink Floyd is one of my favorite bands of all time. Wright was a very key element to the PF sound. I wish the band could've put aside their differences and reunited for a tour to give their new fans something to enjoy.

My mother always told me to give people their flowers while they're living. I regret not giving Mr. Wright his kudos before now, but I'll do it any way. Rick Wright, you were an passionate and excellent musician and you will be missed. Thank you for the wonderful legacy you left behind for the millions of fans you have now, and for the billions of fans still to come.

futhepharmer starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/16/2008 09:54AM
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forgot to add why I got busted at the next night's Pink Floyd show at Anaheim. I was in the parking lot on this little patch of grass with trees right behind the center field wall. I had brought my new (circa 1977) cassette tape recorder which had 1/4" microphone inputs that allowed you to tape in stereo. I only had one Shure 57 mic and was sitting there recording "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" when this cop walks up and says "What the fuck are you doing?" and proceeds to pick up my deck (without unplugging the mic) and starts to walk away with it. Of course the mic is dragging on the ground about 25 feet behind him and I'm running along side yelling what are you doing?. He took me to the little temp cop station set up in underneath the stadium and in short, after I proved it was mine and that I didn't steal it from a car? (they had no clue about bootlegging I guess!), they let me go. On the tape you can hear "shine on..." then crrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr as the mic drags, then eventually me yelling at the cop. We all got great laughs from it as I am laughing now recalling it.

Peace be to you now Rick. You gave me great musical memories.

by the way, there is all kinds of stellar Floyd up on Traders Den and Dime!


terapin starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/16/2008 11:16AM
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Meet you on the Dark Side of the Moon now my friend.....

wch1ispink Tue 9/16/2008 11:27AM
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When David Gilmour played the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on April 20, 2006, Glimour's band played a couple songs on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Our "Richard Wright," Larry Isenberg, was there and actually gave him a "W1P" sweatshirt (see photos on our MySpace Blog taken by Paul Samarin). When Larry told Richard that he was the keyboard player in W1P, Richard responded with good humour "oh, you're me, then!" This was one of the greatest moments of Larry's life and a milestone for W1P as well. Rest in Peace, Rick -- we will keep your legacy alive! Have a "Great Gig in the Sky" -- heaven just got a great keyboard player!

wilsonsux11 Tue 9/16/2008 12:36PM
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Strangers passing in the street, by chance do separate glances meet, and I am you and what I see is me...

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/16/2008 12:49PM
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I was at that Tonight Show filming as well. It was awesome to stand like 30 feet from a couple of legends.

silent9bass Tue 9/16/2008 01:57PM
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Huge loss, honestly he was my favorite vocalist in PF; his voice was just so smooth and sincere, one of the reasons I love music as much as I do today. This is hard to accept, truly a legend and a major influence on all of music.... RIP

redhed Tue 9/16/2008 04:47PM
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I've been listening to the Floyd my whole life and can't thank them enough for the many good times their music has brought me. Any Colour You Like is the Jam of all Jams. I love all his tunes but I especially appreciate Stay from the Obsured by Clouds lp. You will be greatly missed by my family and myself. RIP

gregboyer Tue 9/16/2008 06:55PM
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This is very sad news. I'll never forget them opening with Echoes at JFK in Philly 9/87. Great stuff. Check out the Pulse DVD for some great RW moments and a light show that was impressive even by today's standards.

bpngdf star Tue 9/16/2008 10:28PM
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so sad. RIP rick. our love and thoughts go out to friends fans and surviving family members. i know im not alone when i say Floyd changed my life forever.

thedrugsdontwork Wed 9/17/2008 12:20AM
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To me, Richard Wright was one of the most important musicians to ever grace this planet. I think four words would back up that statement: A Saucerful Of Secrets. Anyways, thank you Rick for all you gave me, and rest in peace.

thedrugsdontwork Wed 9/17/2008 12:24AM
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thumbs down to brendan for misspelling GILMOUR ;-)

koss starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/17/2008 08:51AM
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The greatest keyboard player in the histroy of Rock music.

He can know jam with Syd again.

Fare ye well

durazno Thu 9/18/2008 06:10AM
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there goes everybodys dream of seein the floyd again...


mrknowitall starstar Thu 9/18/2008 08:53AM
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Rick was a calming voice in a ocean of disturbed psychedelic exploration.

Ive seen the Waters Tour twice, but always remained hopeful of a reunion.

Well, we will always have Live in Pompey...

Thanks Rick