Guitarist says: Richard Wright had 'vitality, spark and humour'

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David Gilmour has paid tribute to his late Pink Floyd bandmate Richard Wright, whose death from cancer, aged 65, was announced yesterday.

Posting on his website, Gilmour who has continued to work and tour with Wright has praised him saying: “In my view, all the greatest Pink Floyd moments are the ones where he is in full flow,” and that he had “never played with anyone quite like” keyboardist.

Gilmour, who joined Pink floyd in 1968, replacing then lead guitarist Syd Barrett also said: “No-one can replace Richard Wright – 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.”

Wright wrote two tracks on the bands’ classic Dark Side Of The Moon, and Gilmour exclaims: “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?”

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