Progressive Rock legend Greg Lake dies aged 69

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After a long battle with cancer, progressive rock pioneer Greg Lake has passed away, aged 69.

Famous for his work in the band King, Crimson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and Asia, Lake was known for his immense musical ability to combine his own personal tastes in rock and roll with Keith Emerson’s more complex tastes. This was a key factor in making Emerson, Lake and Palmer one of the best known progressive rock bands of the 21st century.

Lake then went on to embark in a solo career, touring around the world playing his own tracks alongside the acclaimed music of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. He continued to play shows into the summer of this year.

Lake’s Manager posted a statement to Facebook (and subsequently Lake’s website) this afternoon: “Yesterday, December 7th, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer. Greg Lake will stay in my heart forever, as he has always been. His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief.”

Celebrate Lake’s passion and talent below with this Crimson classic:

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