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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Catching Up With The Boys

The boys of ELP are still bopping along. Keith Emerson has and will be on BBC2 all this week, talking about the new album he's put out, The Three Fates
Keith seems to be hale and hearty, and if this collaboration with Marc Bonilla is as good as his last, there should be joy in Progville. You can hear the Keith week at

Greg is busy scheduling his year. Rumours abound that he'll be touring the US again in the Spring after doing the Moody Blues' "Cruise to the Edge" in March. There's now a pretty reliable source saying Greg will be in Japan in June, which will make a couple gals I know happy. His long-postponed, promised, delayed autobio should be in print by then. The first part on audio "stick" had so many problems that he may not be going with the other 2 parts that way. Just speculating, there. After the European tour, he said in an interview that he's been working on a new album that will be released in the Spring. He's just put out a cd from his SOAL tour in the US,
 which will drop in late February. A busy year ahead for our Greg. I hope he'll do a show in Springfield, MA.....

Carl Palmer has been continuously touring, with Asia and also his own band, Carl Palmer Legacy. In December he came down with a bad case of e coli and had to cancel the final shows of the UK tour with Asia. He's recovering well and expects to be back at it soon. He will be playing on the "Cruise to the Edge" also. He has a new dvd to celebrate 10 years with his own band that will be coming out later this year. In early February he'll be touring Japan, "followed by a few weeks in Europe in February into March, culminating in the Cruise to the Edge on 25th to 29th March from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The cruise offers many opportunities to hear the band as well as meet up for other events to be confirmed at a later date. Following the cruise we will be taking the Carl Palmer Legacy into South America and back into the United States in April into early May." he says on his website. And then they'll record a new album. Busy guy!

Even though no longer a working band, ELP has new releases. "Tarkus" and their first album, "Emerson Lake & Palmer", have been remastered and released by Shout Factory and it's expected that their whole catalog will be. I can't wait for "Trilogy" to be improved- never thought it could be. We'll see. At the end of 2012, Shout had just released another greatest hits, "Come and See the Show" ,and a seemingly underwhelming bootleg partial audio recording of the CalJam concert in 1974. The whole CalJam concert is supposedly owned by CBS, so until they feel like letting it be spruced up, we aren't going to get it. Until then, there are a few clips on YT and by reports, it's better to stick with them.

The ELP catalog is available on Amazon

Damn! Almost forgot the book by Gary Freeman that recently came out. Do You Wanna Play Some Magic? is a concert-by-concert review, with descriptions and notes on each one covered. It's gotten some meh reviews. It's not everyone's cuppa. You have to be a dedicated fan and ELP nerd to like it. Sadly, there are no bootlegs or notes for some of their shows. Only one of the 4 shows I saw is in it and I came away thinking, "Wow, I was there on the wrong night" several times.

I think that covers all they're got going on. Not bad for 3 senior citizens. ;)


Pearl said...

I've always enjoyed ELP!


Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

You should totally be their manager!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Wouldn't you love to join their tour? I bet they would love your cooking.

The Elephant's Child said...

Wouldn't WE love it if you could join their tour (and report back).

Munir said...

I dis not know who ELP were as I did not grow up here. I don't know much about music in this side of the world. I listen to anything that is soothing hence I became fan of the Beetles and the Bee Gees and now Adele. A blogger friend Sarah Pearson got me interested in English/ American music. She is kind of busy right now and I miss her blog so bad.
I also like to learn about music other than Hindi because I connect with my kids yet one more way.

Austan said...

Pearl- So have I!

Cathy- If they got back together, I'd apply, though I don't think I'd ever make it. lol

Arleen- I never even thought of that. Talk about a dream job! Even to be Greg's chef!

EC- Oh the stories I'd tell. hehe...

Munir- I'm afraid my tastes are old fashioned to kids nowadays, thought there are some who really love the same music I do. I think you'd like the Eagles
and maybe Jackson Browne
Let me know if you like these.
I'll do a post with a range of musicians for you. Pretty much anything 1960s-80s is in my scope.

klahanie said...

Hey Laura,

As you well know, I've always been a big ELP fan. And yes, I saw them on the "Brain Salad Surgery" tour, way back in 1974. One of the best and certainly the loudest concerts I ever went to in Vancouver, Canada.

On the BBC over Christmas, Greg was part of a musical documentary feature. I wish I could remember the name of the documentary. Their first album, even after close to 43 years, still sounds fresh and I never tire of listening to it.

In peace,