Veteran Artists React to the Passing of Greg Lake

by VVN Music

The music world was taken totally by surprise this morning with the announcement that Greg Lake of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer had died at the age of 69.

Veteran artists have been reacting to Lake's passing all day including his former bandmate Carl Palmer:

It is with great sadness that I must now say goodbye to my friend and fellow band-mate, Greg Lake. Greg’s soaring voice and skill as a musician will be remembered by all who knew his music and recordings he made with ELP and King Crimson. I have fond memories of those great years we had in the 1970s and many memorable shows we performed together. Having lost Keith this year as well, has made this particularly hard for all of us. As Greg sang at the end of Pictures At An Exhibition, “death is life.” His music can now live forever in the hearts of all who loved him.

Carl Palmer

December 8, 2016

Ian Anderson:

So sorry to hear of the passing of the Great Gregorio. I thought of him only last night here in the big church in Reykjavik where I am for a couple of Christmas concerts.

Of course Greg gave of his time and generous spirit to guest with us at Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals a few years ago for fund raising on behalf of those grand buildings which we both loved.

Of course, we played his I Believe In Father Christmas song which will doubtless receive much deserved play in the next two weeks in fond memory of one of rock's elder statesmen who brought to us his passion and musicality over his long career.

God bless, Greg. Thinking of you tonight.

Ian Anderson

Steve Hackett:

Greg Lake was a stunningly powerful presence on stage the first time I saw him live at London's Marquee singing with King Crimson in 1969. He had a beautiful voice and was a riveting player on both bass and six string acoustic. We only met once, but he greeted me warmly and it was wonderful to congratulate him for all he'd achieved over the years. He had a huge impact on music. He certainly was an influence on Genesis.
It's so close on the heels of the passing of Keith Emerson. My thoughts go out to Carl Palmer, friends and family. He will be deeply missed by us all. The world of music bows its head to acknowledge the passing of one of the greats.

Warmest wishes to everyone,


Tony Iommi:

So sorry to hear of Greg Lake’s passing, a real legend.

Steve Lukather:

RIP Greg Lake.

It was an honor working with him on his solo stuff.
This has been a tragic year...


Sadly Greg Lake founding member of both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, died Wednesday at the age of 69.

His incredible soaring voice and amazing bass playing will be remembered for all time and he is now at Peace after a long battle with cancer.

Adrian Belew:

very sorry to hear of the passing of Greg Lake.

I loved his playing and what an amazing voice! the only member of the original KC I never met.

Mikael Ã…kerfeldt on behalf of Opeth:

Well, I just read the that Greg Lake has passed away and it’s both devastating and shocking news. I can’t even begin to describe how much of an influence his music was/is to me. He was a pivotal figure in both King Crimson AND Emerson. Lake & Palmer! That’s some track record! On many occasions people have told me my voice sometimes sounds like him, which is a compliment beyond comprehension. I can’t take it in of course, it’s just too much. For years we have been talking about covering ”Cat food” off the second Crimson album, ”In the wake of Poseidon” but it's never materialized. Perhaps now there’s a incitament to do so. As a tribute if nothing else. He was great. A giant in the progressive rock scene, and he will be sorely missed.


And now Greg Lake ... too many Icons leaving us way too early .... RIP Lucky Man


Very sad to hear of the passing of our friend, the legendary Greg Lake.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Regina & Natasha and all the family - YES

The Who:

Our condolences to the family and close friends of Greg Lake who has passed away from cancer, aged 69. Greg played bass and guitar in King Crimson before fronting super group Emerson Lake & Palmer. In 2003 Greg played bass on The Who's single 'Real Good-Looking Boy', released in May 2004. R.I.P. Gregory Stuart 'Greg' Lake, 10 November 1947 – 7 December 2016.

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