March 12, 2016
Keith Emerson. Killing Floor's (and my own) first date at the Marquee Club in London was on 28 January 1969 when we opened for The Nice. I'd been to see The Nice before, when they included a guitarist in the line-up. I enjoyed it but found some parts of the set a little pretentious. However, on the night that we played with them the new stripped down three piece tore the place apart. Rocking his Hammond Organ back and forth whilst playing it, and for some reason sticking daggers into it, Emerson was on fire. We had a good night also, and got re-booked to open for Yes a few weeks later. Sadly,both the Marquee Club and Mr Emerson are no longer with us. Good memories though.