jueves, 8 de diciembre de 2016

Muere Greg Lake a los 69 años


Gregory Stuart Lake (10 de noviembre de 1947, Dorset, Inglaterra, Reino Unido - 7 de diciembre de 2016) es un bajista británico de rock, además de guitarrista, vocalista, compositor y productor, mejor conocido como miembro de King Crimson en su primera época, y fundador de Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Nacido en Poole, Dorset, Inglaterra, Lake se sintió atraído por la música desde edad temprana, y escribió lo que se convertiría en uno de los temas de Emerson, Lake & Palmer más exitosos, "Lucky Man", cuando aún estaba en la escuela. En 1968, Lake era miembro de una banda llamada The Gods, junto con algunos futuros miembros de Uriah Heep. Lake abandonó la banda en el verano de 1968 antes de que lanzaran su álbum debut. Lake pasó a formar parte de King Crimson con un viejo amigo de la escuela, Robert Fripp. Como ambos Fripp y Lake eran guitarristas, Greg pasó a tocar el bajo. Para el álbum debut de King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King, Lake contribuyó como compositor y cantante. El álbum sería originalmente producido por Tony Clarke, que era entonces el productor de los Moody Blues. Sin embargo, después del primer día, Clarke se retiró ya que tenía dificultades para entender lo que la banda estaba tratando de crear. Lake asumió el papel de productor; aunque en los créditos del álbum figuraba toda la banda como productor, es principalmente Lake quien lo produjo. King Crimson se fue de gira por América del Norte con The Nice, quienes celebraban su gira de despedida, fue después de este tour en abril de 1970 que Lake se retira de King Crimson, para formar Emerson, Lake & Palmer, junto con Keith Emerson (proveniente de The Nice) en teclados, y Carl Palmer (de Atomic Rooster y The Crazy World of Arthur Brown) en batería y percusión. A pesar de su salida oficial de Crimson, Lake participó en la realización del segundo álbum del Rey Carmesí, In the Wake of Poseidon. Según Lake el carácter dominante de Fripp hizo que varios miembros originales se decidan a abandonar la banda, Lake estuvo dispuesto a seguir con Fripp siempre y cuando la banda deje de llamarse King Crimson debido a que consideraba que sin todos los miembros originales ya no tenía sentido el nombre sin embargo Fripp se negó a ello teniendo Lake que finalmente dejar la banda sin uno de los mejores vocalistas del rock progresivo. El disco debut, ELP, marcó un enorme éxito a principios de la década de 1970 (álbum con un total de las ventas de más de treinta millones de euros), y contribuyó de manera significativa a la evolución del rock progresivo en su conjunto. Lake ha contribuido con muchas de las canciones de ELP, pero fue particularmente notable por su labor en guitarra, en temas como "C'est la vie" (Works Volume I), "Still... You Turn Me On" (Brain Salad Surgery), "The Sage" (Pictures at an Exhibition) o "From the Beginning" (Trilogy). Lake se dio a conocer como solista en el Reino Unido por su single "I Believe in Father Christmas", que más tarde, en 1975, fue incluido en el álbum ELP Works Volume II. En 1973 EL&P fundan Manticore Records, con vistas a lanzar los propios álbumes de la banda, y fichando algunos músicos como BMS y PFM, o el cantante de King Crimson, Pete Sinfield.

Gregory Stuart "Greg" Lake (10 November 1947 – 7 December 2016) was an English singer, musician, songwriter and producer. He was a singer and bassist for King Crimson before becoming the bassist, guitarist, singer and lyricist for Emerson, Lake & Palmer. He also recorded as a solo artist, most notably scoring a major hit single in 1975 with "I Believe in Father Christmas". Greg Lake had been a school friend of Robert Fripp, who solicited him as a member of the first King Crimson line-up which had formed out of Giles, Giles and Fripp. Lake was primarily a guitarist, but agreed to switch to bass at Fripp's request.[1] Lake had some involvement in writing the lyrics for King Crimson's debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King, although Peter Sinfield was the primary lyricist. Lake also ended up producing the album after their contracted producer, Tony Clarke, walked away from the project. In The Court of the Crimson King, released in 1969, made King Crimson far more successful than any of Fripp and Lake's earlier projects (such as the Shy Limbs or Giles, Giles and Fripp). Lake's vocals, which ranged from serene and soothing to acerbic and distorted, were a striking element of the album. However, Lake stayed with King Crimson for only about a year, leaving soon after their debut album to start the rock trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Despite this, at Fripp's request, Lake sang on King Crimson's second album, In the Wake of Poseidon, and appeared as well with a pick-up version of King Crimson on the British music program Top of the Pops. Greg Lake, with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Toronto, Canada 3 February 1978 King Crimson played a couple of venues with the Nice, during which Lake struck up a friendship with the Nice's keyboardist Keith Emerson. Lake and Emerson eventually teamed up and brought in the drummer from the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster, Carl Palmer—forming the progressive rock 'supergroup' Emerson Lake & Palmer (ELP). Lake contributed acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, lyrics, vocals and production work to the band. In 1975, Lake achieved solo chart success when his single, "I Believe in Father Christmas", reached number two on the UK singles chart. It has become a Yuletide perennial. Lake subsequently joined Asia for a time, and then co-formed Emerson, Lake & Powell. In 2005, Lake toured Germany and the United Kingdom with his "Greg Lake Band" which included David Arch, Florian Opahle, Trevor Barry on bass, and Brett Morgan. Lake performed "Karn Evil 9" with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at several shows. At the album Night Castle (2009) he was a special guest and played guitar on "Nutrocker". In 2010, he toured with Keith Emerson, from which came the live album Live from Manticore Hall. In 2012, Greg Lake toured England, The United States and Italy with the "Songs Of A Lifetime" show. He played a career retrospective, along with select covers, for small audiences. On 25 July 2010, Lake joined Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer for what was to be the final live concert by Emerson, Lake and Palmer, at the High Voltage rock festival, in Victoria Park, London. In late June 2013 Lake was invited to star at Genoa's Poetry Festival where he performed a reading of "Pirates", a drama piece in music he wrote with Peter Sinfield, then performed some of his classic songs. On 9 January 2016 he was awarded by the very first Honorary Degree in Music and lyrics composition by Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, Italy. This was the first time ever a Conservatorio gave a Honoris Causa award. He passed away December 7th, 2016, after battling cancer.
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