Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Rick Wright Memorial Barbecue

In case you can't tell, I'm still gathering my thoughts about the death this week of Richard Wright. Below is an email that I sent out earlier today - which most of you probably received - inviting those interested to my final show with Floyd/Not Floyd. Consider it something of a first draft eulogy for a man I never met, but whose death has affected me surprisingly deeply.

It seems perhaps appropriate that I would play not only my last show with the Pink Floyd Tribute band 'Us Not Them,' but possibly my last live show as a keyboard player, ever, just a few days after the passing of the man who was the main reason I was drawn to the keyboard as an instrument in the first place.

Whether it was traditional piano, Farfisa, Hammond, Moog, ARP, Wurlitzer, etc., Rick Wright brought a deep understanding to what made each sound one-of-a-kind, and his writing and playing style and truly unique harmonic sense somehow connected directly to the musical part of my brain practically before I was even aware that I had any musical inclination in the first place. The man was one of only about two or three people (of those I've never met) that I can say has had a profound impact not only on my musical life but my personal life, as well.

All of which sounds pretty morbid, but I'm treating my performance at this final show as a celebration, what little tribute I can make to this criminally undersung musician and man. If you can make it out, please do.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

1733 1st Avenue
(Between 89th & 90th Streets)
(212) 876-0203

$10 cover
21+ with I.D.


Anonymous said...

Good show last night.. We had to leave after pigs three different ones.. but Shine on you and Dogs was fucking great..

Dave Kopperman said...

Thanks for coming - hope you're feeling better.

As Dave Letterman would say: "Gotta stop eating at the UN Commissary."

Beyond annoyed at a couple of fuck-ups on my own part. Stupid shit. The keyboard rebooting in the middle of the spacy section of 'Dogs' was actually kind of entertaining, though.