How Carl Palmer Is Honoring His Late ELP Bandmates on New Tour


Carl Palmer is getting ready to hit the highway quickly with one in all his all-star bands. And he has his different in style group on the runway.

The drummer begins his 10-date Welcome Again My Buddies – The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tour — throughout which he’ll be enjoying dwell with video and audio recordings of his late bandmates — on Nov. 18 in Philadelphia. (You possibly can view a whole listing of these tour dates down under.) Then he’ll return to Asia for a 20-show tour in mid-February to belatedly have a good time the fortieth anniversary of that band’s four-times-platinum self-titled debut album. Alan Parsons is slated to be Asia’s accomplice on the tour.

“To me, it is all simply a part of my profession, and if there’s an anniversary, let’s do it,” Palmer tells UCR. “It would not seem to be that way back; nothing ever does whenever you’re our age [72]. All of it looks as if it was yesterday. A few of it is rather clear, a few of it is not very clear.”

The Asia 2023 tour lineup will function Palmer and co-founder Geoff Downes, with Sure bassist Invoice Sherwood, who’s been a part of Asia since 2017. The newcomer will likely be southpaw singer and guitarist Marc Bonilla, who was a part of the Keith Emerson Band and has additionally performed with Glenn Hughes, Ronnie Montrose, California Transit Authority and others. “[Bonilla] was an thought of mine,” Palmer says. “I assumed he’d be good to herald.”

Steve Howe, one other Asia co-founder who served as a form of particular visitor on the band’s final trek in the course of the 2019 Royal Affair Tour, opted out of this run. “He wants to order his vitality for Sure for the time being. That is what I am listening to,” Palmer says. “He would possibly be part of later.” Bonilla is the seventeenth musician to log time as an Asia member, a gaggle Palmer says has change into facile with the adjustments. “It is about being skilled, that is all I can say,” Palmer notes. “There is a job to do and all people will get down and does it. We take pleasure in doing it — I believe that is what’s crucial.”

Palmer has additionally been having an excellent time placing collectively the Welcome Again My Buddies present, celebrating ELP’s fiftieth anniversary, which was delayed because of the pandemic. He first investigated utilizing hologram photographs of Emerson and Greg Lake, however after prototypes he determined that “that did not work for me. It was a bit spooky for me. It simply did not appear to be a match.” As a substitute, he opted for footage taken from the trio’s 1992 performances at London’s Royal Albert Corridor, which was launched as a dwell album and a now out-of-print dwelling video. “It was a five-camera shoot,” Palmer remembers. “And the recording of the music was achieved individually, so there have been all particular person tracks of completely all the things. And it is completely incredible.

“It was clearly ok as a result of we launched it on a DVD, however the label offered out the next week, two weeks, and this DVD received misplaced within the wash. On the time it was upsetting, however proper now it is fairly good for me as a result of the footage on this DVD is totally very good. So I assumed that is essentially the most sincere approach to do it as a result of this isn’t some actor dressed up as Keith Emerson. That is really Keith Emerson enjoying the keyboards, likewise with Greg Lake.”

Watch ELP Carry out ‘Fortunate Man’ at London’s Royal Albert Corridor in 1992

The video of Emerson and Lake will likely be featured on six songs (together with “Fortunate Man,” “From the Starting,” “Knife-Edge” and “Paper Blood”) in the course of the exhibits on video screens flanking the stage, with Palmer enjoying alongside dwell within the middle. His present trio, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, may even carry out, in addition to improve among the ELP songs — most notably a portion of the “Karn Evil 9” suite from 1973’s Mind Salad Surgical procedure album. “On that specific night time on the Royal Albert Corridor we solely performed a piece of [‘1st Impression, Pt. 2’], the entrance part as much as the primary verse, after which on the level of the keyboard solo, we stopped and went into one thing else,” he explains. “So now, the place the keyboard part was meant to start out however did not, that is the place my band will take over. It’s going to be nearly 50-50 between the 2.”

Palmer says that placing the present collectively was emotional at first. Each Emerson and Lake died in 2016 — Emerson by suicide on March 11 on the age of 71, and Lake on Dec. 7 of pancreatic most cancers at 69. “Seeing them on movie, enjoying their absolute best and searching nice, yeah, positive it was emotional,” Palmer acknowledges. “It touched me, that is for positive. However after spending all this time [on the show], I am form of by means of with the emotional bit, when you see what I imply. I am all the way down to the practicalities of getting it proper for these two guys. That is crucial factor for me.” Palmer has the backing of each males’s estates, and he is additionally assured that Emerson and Lake “would have beloved this as a result of they had been huge know-how freaks.”

Palmer is viewing the upcoming tour as a trial run for the idea and is holding off on scheduling extra for the time being. “We’re getting affords,” he says. “There was a suggestion from Switzerland a couple of weeks again, and we had one from Israel are available. However I am accepting nothing else for the time being. I wish to play the ten dates, iron out any gremlins that is likely to be there, be sure that it is all nearly as good as what I need and likewise see what the American public thinks about it. It is taken a little bit of time to get to this, so we’ll see the way it goes, and if it goes nicely, then I am positive there will likely be extra.”

The Welcome Again My Buddies – The Return of Emerson Lake & Palmer Tour 2022
Nov. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ 2300 Area
Nov. 20 –  Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak
Nov. 22 –  Wayne, NJ @  Shea Heart
Nov. 23 – Patchogue, NY @ Patchogue Theater
Nov. 25 –  New York, NY @ City Corridor
Nov.  26 – New Haven  CT @ Faculty St. Music Corridor
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

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