Dave Gilmour pays tribute to Pink Floyd’s Rick Wright

Pink Floyd guitarist remembers 'musical partner and my friend'

Pink Floyd‘s Dave Gilmour has paid tribute to his late bandmate Rick Wright.

Keyboardist and occasional singer-songwriter Rick Wright died of cancer yesterday (September 15) aged 65.

Writing on his website, Davidgilmour.com, Gilmour wrote that Wright was an underrated, irreplaceable musical force in Pink Floyd.

“No one can replace Richard Wright,” he wrote. “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.

“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 Pink Floyd 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?

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

Read Rick Wright’s full obituary at our sister site Uncut.co.uk now.