Carl Palmer Set For “Reunion” Tour With Late ELP Bandmates
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer, one of the most popular and commercially successful progressive rock bands in the 1970s. ELP will be having a tour despite that it has only one original member alive.
Known for having a classical music with jazz and symphonic rock element style, the band has an estimated 48 million records sold worldwide. Unfortunately, the founding member of the trio, Greg Lake, died in London last 2016 after his long and stubborn battle with cancer.
On the other hand, Keith Emerson died because of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head the same year. Carl Palmer, being the only surviving member of the band, has recently announced a US tour. The drummer claimed that he will “reunite” with his two late bandmates.
It seems impossible, but Palmer has spent years in studying the popular concept of a hologram tour. He will still do the drums live while Emerson (keyboards) and Lake (vocals, bass, guitars) will be present via modern audio and video technology.
After the passing of two of his bandmates, he has continued to perform the trio’s music live under the banner ELP legacy. The drummer shared that along the way, he brainstormed about other ways of honoring their catalog like adapting the popular concept of a hologram tour. He went to see shows doing the same thing, but as per Palmer:
“There are too many problems, and I knew that wasn’t what I needed. It wasn’t sincere enough. It wasn’t good enough. You get the odd one like Ronnie James Dio, where he’s just standing on his own. It’s OK. But they didn’t wow me” talking about the hologram concepts he was able to see live.”
Instead, he resorted into doing “live footage of the actual people playing” because for him it would be the best route. Palmer and his current band will perform live on stage, flanked by performance footage of Emerson and Lake on “massive video walls.”
The tour will be named as Welcome Back My Friends: The Return of Emerson Lake & Palmer and is set to launch in November. See the tour dates below.
Carl Palmer, Welcome Back My Friends – The Return of Emerson Lake & Palmer 2022 Tour
Nov. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ 2300 Arena
Nov. 20 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak
Nov. 22 – Wayne, NJ @ Shea Center
Nov. 23 – Patchogue, NY @ Patchogue Theater
Nov. 25 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
Nov. 26 – New Haven, CT @ College St. Music Hall
Nov. 27 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
Dec. 1 – St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre
Dec. 2 – Des Plaines, IL @ Des Plaines Theatre
Dec. 3 – Akron, OH @ The Goodyear Theatre