Carl Palmer Plotting ELP 50th Anniversary Celebration, Including Show With 'Some A-Listers'


Emerson, Lake & Palmer's 50th anniversary received't occur till 2020, however drummer Carl Palmer — the only surviving member of the prog-rock supergroup — is already hatching plans to commemorate it.

"We're simply now placing it collectively," Palmer tells Billboard, including that the celebration will embody extra catalog re-releases in addition to a particular tribute live performance. "I'm trying proper now at placing a present collectively, in all probability in America, with some A-listers," Palmer reveals. "I can't inform you who they’re, however in precept as a mission it seems to be prefer it's going to undergo." Palmer additionally hopes to revisit a documentary movie that's been sitting on the sideline for some years. 

"When we have been signed to Sanctuary, ELP launched a documentary that was six hours lengthy," Palmer recollects. "That bought misplaced within the wash, so we're going again and re-editing that and placing collectively one other couple hours of documentary stuff that hasn't been seen."

ELP fashioned throughout 1970. Keyboardist Keith Emerson had beforehand performed within the Nice, singer-bassist/guitarist Greg Lake got here from King Crimson and Palmer was in Atomic Rooster; Emerson and Lake had initially approached Mitch Mitchell from the Jimi Hendrix Experience to play drums, whereas Palmer was prompt later by the group's supervisor. ELP performed its first live performance on Aug. 23, 1970, adopted by a slot on the 1970 Isle of Wight competition six days later. ELP launched 10 studio albums throughout its two tenures (1970-79 and 1991-98) and final carried out collectively to commemorate its 40th anniversary on the 2010 High Voltage Festival in London. Emerson and Lake each handed away throughout 2016.

"I get up each morning and say to myself, 'Thank God I'm right here and I'm nonetheless enjoying," Palmer says. "The 50 years have passed by in a short time. When you’ve any type of success in any respect you don't actually stay it because it's taking place 'trigger issues are shifting so quick. You solely admire it afterwards. So now I'm appreciating what we did means again then."

Palmer is holding ELP's music alive since 2001 his ELP Legacy exhibits, main a trio that substitutes guitar for Emerson's keyboards as a way to pay tribute to the group's songs, however with a special spin. "For me it's a mission," Palmer says. "I'm personally paying my very own tribute to Greg and Keith, and we've managed to get (the music) throughout to a brand new technology of individuals of their 30s and 40s. Guys my age (68) on the live shows are bringing their sons, and their sons are understanding and shopping for the CDs, shopping for the DVDs and getting it. For me, it exhibits you ways deep Emerson, Lake & Palmer runs — there was numerous high quality there, if I say it myself. This music has been performed by classical orchestras and jazz teams. It's value holding it going."

Palmer, after all, can also be a part of Asia, one other on-and-off prog supergroup that's at the moment in hiatus. Singer-bassist John Wetton died in 2017, and the group has toured as soon as since then, with Billy Sherwood (additionally of Yes) filling in.

"As far as Asia is worried, there's nothing deliberate in the intervening time," Palmer methods, including that he and keyboardist Geoff Downes "don't wish to bury it utterly. Depending on how conferences go, Asia may even be touring subsequent summer season. I'm going to hyperlink it and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy into the identical tour; I'm unsure the way it's going to occur but, however we'll make some proposals and see. I like the concept of doing a little double-dipping."