Emerson-Lake and Palmer

Keith Emerson & Carl Palmer-1977
Keith Emerson & Carl Palmer-1977
Keith and Carl-1977
Keith and Carl-1977
Keith and Carl-1977
Keith and Carl-1977
The ticket from the show
The ticket from the show
Carl Palmer
Carl Palmer
Greg Lake
Greg Lake
Keith
Keith
Carl
Carl
Keith
Keith
Carl
Carl
Greg
Greg
Greg
Greg

1977

"Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we're so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside". Emerson Lake and Palmer formed in 1970. Keith Emerson played keyboards with British band The NIce, Greg Lake played guitar, bass guitar and did some vocals for (a killer band to this day) King Crimson and drummer Carl Palmer played with Atomic Rooster. In 1970 while The Nice and King Crimson were touring on the same bill Keith and Greg found that musically they meshed well and decided to form a keyboard, bass and drum band. After turning down Jimi Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell (he showed up for the audition with guns and bodyguards) they decided on Carl Palmer. It was rumored that Hendrix was interested in joining ELP, since his band was no longer of interest to him, But unfortunately just months before getting together Jimi died. To this day rumors surrounding Jimi's death are many. My father-in-law was in the music business back then and told me that Jimi's death was not accidental. I never knew him to be anything but honest, so I believe what he told me. If Hendrix would have joined ELP they would have been called HELP instead. ELP remained together until 1979 and I got to see them a few times before the breakup, including the show the photos seen here are from in 1977 when they hired a full orchestra for the tour and each member was individually miced and wearing ELP T-shirts. You can actually see some of that orchestra in the photos. The tour proved to be too expensive to continue not long after this show, so I was happy to get the chance to witness an amazing concert. Keith and Greg are touring together again, but Carl is busy other projects, Asia being one, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970)
* Tarkus (1971)
* Pictures at an Exhibition (1971)
* Trilogy (1972)
* Brain Salad Surgery (1973)
* Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends... Ladies and Gentlemen (1974)
* Works, Vol. 1 (1977)
* Works, Vol. 2 (1977)
* Love Beach (1978)
* Black Moon (1992)
* In the Hot Seat (1994)

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

What a great show, and wonderful insight about this group. I group for all times in Journey, with Steve Perry. I stated a fan club for them on face-book. LOL, Also and forever the Beatles then Journey, ops forgot my order there...LOL thanks for this great hub, thumbs up


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Tremendous band! I saw them at the "August Jam" in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1974. They were awesome! But billed below the Allman Brothers! Ha! Carl Palmer was a monster drummer. I was also a drummer and singer in a rock n' roll band. Thanks for the memories.


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justom 6 years ago from 41042 Author

I agree James, several years ago I took a friend to see Carl. He is a drummer and I couldn't wait to hear what he thought. Well I didn't need to ask, Carl was not the drummer I remembered, but I still loved them back then. Thanks for checking out the hub. Peace!!


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Interesting article on Emerson, Lake & Palmer. My personal favorite from them is "The Show That Never Ends." Good information on this band.


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justom 6 years ago from 41042 Author

Thanks Coolmon, I used to love this band but I really don't listen much anymore. Too much new stuff to try to digest. Peace!! Tom


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I still have some of their stuff Tom! Great memories. I don't listen to it much now either but they bring back memories. Thank you Bud!


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justom 6 years ago from 41042 Author

You're always welcome Micky! Peace!!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Strange Band,. . .damn, there's some old song by them that Used to get played all of the time on a station in Tyler, Texas; but I'd never heard the thing at home, from Dallas radio, stuff like that weirds me at.

"From The Beginning," or something; is that one of their songs? It's acoustic, lots of introspection? Fuck it, guess I'll have to figure out who does the song that I don't know the name of now, or I'll never rest again.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

hey Todd, (it's all clear, you were meant to be here:-P) I really liked them. Along with being great musicians they put on a show that was amazing. This one was killer because of the orchestra, they didn't do many because of the $. I've been reading some of your stuff but just being lame about commenting, I'll get there.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

heheheh! Oh yeah, don't think I haven't noticed!!!!! HAHAHAHAH!

Dude, I shared that "From The Beginning" vid on facebook, and all of my older male friends from the net(folks like you, that I talk to a lot but haven't actually met). . . a whole bunch of them just went nuts, lovin' it; and next thing I know, my facebook stream is full of ELP music that those guys shared, guess you started an ELP revival. . .and didn't know it. "Tarkus???" Something like that, I keep seeing that one, or at least that word. . .they sound like a weird combination of Yes and Rush to me, . . .if I was to have to come up with a comparison, then that would be it.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Good comparison. Yeah, Tarkus, Brain Salad Surgery, Go back up to the end of the text and they're all listed. They were huge in the 70's.


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daydreamer13 5 years ago

I really enjoyed this. You're very good at writing on this subject. Well done!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Thanks daydreamer, it's a subject I've been studying for many years. Peace!!


Jean Bakula 5 years ago

I only knew "From The Beginning" a great song, until I met my husband, a certified ELP fanatic. I saw them two days in a row at Madison Square Garden (I live in NJ), and twice more at the Meadowlands Arena, the name of which keeps changing. Carl Palmer is amazing. Drummers have to be in good shape! The last show he was replaced by another drummer, Powell? Not as good, but OK. Pirates rocks too!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Hi Jean, I couldn't agree more, I saw them with Powell and it was a waste. Having said that I took a friend of mine (a younger guy and also a drummer) to see Carl and I have to say I was disappointed, especially because I played it up so much. Maybe just an off night, who know. How impressive that you guys have seen a lot of the same music I have. Thanks for taking time to comment! Peace!!


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

I guess we are around the same age. Music changed forever when disco came out! Our son grew up hearing all the Classic Rock your son probably heard too. I love the Who, but never saw them. Pink Floyd was never the same without Syd Barrett IMHO! King Crimson is super too. I never get tired of hearing those songs. I'm getting to love YouTube, it gets addicting to be able to watch videos of concerts we didn't get to see, or better yet, ones we went to! Thanks for your kind comments when I worried about my scores. I love to write. I can't believe Patti Inglish called VietNam a "conflict". She's probably too young or self centered to know much about reality. I love all the good songs that came out of those times, so much happened in the world, so much death and destruction. At least music reflected some of our feelings about it all. Peace as always! Jean


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

I don't know about that Jean, I'm Old:-P I can appreciate folks saying Floyd wasn't the same without Syd but in reality not many got to see those shows. Are you familiar with guitar player Adrian Belew (Crimson)? I grew up with him and have seen every band he's been in since 1965. Funny thing about Justin, when he was younger he liked rap but deep down I knew he'd end up liking all of the good stuff from those days. He's been with me to see some killer shows. Yeah, that Patti, she's kind of fun to mess with because she's so easy. I've seen very few hubs that compare to your quality and very well written ones. I'm all over the place here but I recently started to watch you tube too and was kind of amazed at what I found. There's some really good stuff there. I'm done rambling, take care, Peace!! Tom

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