Legendary drummer Carl Palmer has never really gone away but the band he rose to fame with, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, has. As it turns, not completely, though.
After the passing of its two members, singer/bassist/guitarist Greg Lake and keyboardist Keith Emerson, everybody thought there was no way the legends could be back, but Carl Palmer and his ELP Legacy Band think otherwise.
A 50th Anniversary tour, called Welcome Back My Friends ELP 50, has been put together. Keith Emerson and Greg Lake will be performing on giant video walls with Carl Palmer and ELP Legacy Band playing along to Emerson’s and Lake’s live performance from the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.
The tour starts this week in the US. Here are the dates:
18 Nov – Philadelphia, PA, 2300 Arena
20 Nov – Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn’s Peak
22 Nov – Wayne, NJ, Shea Center
23 Nov – Patchogue, NY, Patchogue Theater
25 Nov – New York, NY, Town Hall
26 Nov – New Haven, CT, College St. Music Hall
27 Nov – Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
01 Dec – St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
02 Dec – Des Plaines, IL, Des Plaines Theatre
03 Dec – Akron, OH, The Goodyear Theater
Carl Palmer comments: “It was an idea to use some live footage of Greg and Keith in concert. And, funnily enough, we had a recording from the Royal Albert Hall. The performances were excellent, the audio lines sounded really, really good, the camera work was excellent. So, I think this will be the best way to go, and this will just be part of the anniversary touring. And technology allows us to do that.”
We can only hope this will be taken to other continents as well…