Five of the world's greatest drummers got to hang out backstage recently at the
Yestival concert held at the The Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island, NY.
Shown L to R: Prairie Prince (Todd Rundgren, The Tubes);
Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer; ASIA);
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Rod Stewart, Appice Brothers);
Alan White (Yes, John Lennon);
and Dylan Howe (Yes, Dr Feelgood's Wilko Johnson).
All these drummers except for Appice are touring together on
Yestival through early September.
Baltimore's Finest, Sgt. Newberg (left) and
Detective Sponsky (right)
take a moment to show their appreciation for the music of
ELP Legacy. The police took the time to issue an official Baltimore
Police Dept patch to Carl and his band, and thanked them for bringing
back great musical memories of their youth!
The Yestival tour kicked off on Friday, August 4. In this press release,
Geoff Downes (Yes), Todd Rundgren, and Carl Palmer share their thoughts
about progressive/classic rock, touring together, and what to expect from
their set lists...
ELP and Asia drummer
Carl Palmer to receive top honour
at this year's Progressive Music Awards....
Emerson, Lake & Palmer drummer Carl Palmer has been named the
Prog God for 2017 – and he'll pick up the award at
this year's Progressive Music Awards in association with
Orange Amplification in London in September.
He's being honoured for his 50 years of service to the prog scene which,
along with his body of work with ELP, also includes his career with
multi-platinum selling supergroup Asia along with his solo work.
It is a bittersweet moment as
ASIA and its crew say goodbye to our wonderful tour-mates,
JOURNEY. Our final show together is tomorrow, July 28th,
and we will always be grateful for the opportunity they gave us on this tour.
Carl took the opportunity to fly back to England, for a brief
36 hour visit, during the few days break in the Journey/Asia
Tour in the USA. It was really lovely to catch up with the
family and relax for a few hours. A long way, but well worth it.
The shows with Asia continue on July 18 in Tucson, AZ and continue
through the final show with Journey on July 28 in Washington, DC.
Then, the Yestival tour (where Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy will be
appearing with Yes) starts on August 4 in Greensboro, NC.
The members of ASIA and JOURNEY (bands and crews) recently
took time from their
sold out US tour to have a dinner together at the trendy Pappas Bros Steakhouse
in Houston, Texas. A great time was had by all.
Shown here (Standing L to R) Bruce
Pilato (Asia tour mgr); Madison Cain; Journey's
Jonathan Cain; Journey's Steve Smith;
Asia's Geoff Downes. (Seated L to R) Asia's Sam Coulson;
Journey's Ross Valory;
Ken Silva (Journey Tour Accountant) and Asia's Carl Palmer.
Very thrilled that Pollstar magazine
ran a photo and caption on the recent Carl Palmer's
ELP Legacy sold out show from The Arcada Theater
in St. Charles. IL. Pollstar is the main source of
information for us in the concert industry, so it is pretty big stuff
when you get coverage.
Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy at the Bull Run-May 26th, 2017
by Kelly D
The musicianship was incredible. [...]
Though he's 67 years old, Palmer beat on his drum set with a vigor more often seen in 20-somethings.
I am most definitely one to seize the day, so if you have a chance to see Carl Palmer and
his merry bandmates Paul and Simon live in concert, I wholeheartedly suggest you do so
immediately. Theirs is a chemistry not often found in rock music these days
Own a piece of ELP Memorabilia from the personal collection of Tony Ortiz
FOR SALE Keith Emerson - Inferno CD (Original Soundtrack) Best offer over $100.00 gets it.
Click on the embedded Facebook link below to bid via Facebook.
As many of you know, Tony Ortiz (ELP Archivist) is selling off some of his collection
of ELP memorabilia to pay for medical expenses. He's putting his items up on Facebook
before he puts them on eBay. I'm fully supporting Tony in these efforts.
Click on the embedded Facebook link above to bid via Facebook.
All sales will come with a certificate of authenticity from my Management.
The certificate will be sent via mail to the buyer.
The Certificate of Authenticity will read:
"This is to certify that the item described herein is an authentic Emerson
Lake & Palmer related collectible, signed by a member or members of the group.
This item has been authenticated for the private collection of Tony Ortiz, the official
archivist for ELP, and its individual members. Sincerely, Bruce Pilato,
Current manager of Carl Palmer, and former Marketing Director for Emerson, Lake & Palmer"
Concert Review: Carl Palmer's "ELP Legacy Tour"
by Joe Milliken
Live at The Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley, MA 5/26/17
"[...] From our front row table, stage-left, at the Bull Run Restaurant,
we had a great side view as Palmer and his band-mates, Paul Bielatowicz on guitar,
and Simon Fitzpatrick on bass and Chapman Stick, proceeded to absolutely shred apart,
and then reconstruct, (in such a great way) classic Emerson, Lake & Palmer songs.
In the process, I might add, practically blowing our heads off (with the occasional,
quieter ambient flourish, of course) for over two hours! [...]"
Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy in YES Yestival 2017 Tour!
In addition to the other ELP Legacy and ASIA shows
already announced, Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy will join
YES along with Todd Rundgren as
special guests on the forthcoming YES Yestival tour.
The tour starts on August 4 in Greensboro, NC and concludes on
September 3 in Tulalip, WA. Ticket presales begin April 13.
Details will be added to this site soon. The current details
including Yestival tour dates, ticket availability, etc. can be found
Complete list of Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy appearances is available on the
Tour Dates page.
Having a great time on the first leg of the ASIA/Journey
tour! If you want to follow along with us, I invite you to check out
the Facebook photo album being updated by our tour sound engineer,
Click on the image above to see the whole photo album.
Carl hanging out with his friend, Geezer Butler
from Black Sabbath at their favorite LA based
vegan restaurant. Carl was recently invited as
a guest of Sabbath at their final ever show in
The other photos are of Carl with Josh
Rose-Gailor (his drum tech on the ASIA tour; left) and
Jake Linton (the bass and guitar tech on the ASIA tour; right).
Drum icons Carl Palmer (of ASIA and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy)
and Steve Smith (of JOURNEY
and his own solo jazz group) confer behind the massive drum kit of Carl Palmer for a
friendly chat. Both drummers are on tour together in America. Smith also posed
with members of ASIA backstage. (Click on the photos in the post below to see more.)
An Interactive Celebration
of the Life & Music of John Wetton
June 17, 2017 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center
ASIA and their fans will pay tribute in a special concert to the late
singer/songwriter, John Wetton, who spearheaded the legendary British band. The
event is called "An Extraordinary Life" and will be a fully interactive
celebration whereby fans can contribute to the remembrances of the
acclaimed musician. It will be held on Saturday, June 17th at the
Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ.
"An Extraordinary Life", a reference to one of the band's most
popular songs, will pay tribute to John. Special guest Billy Sherwood
of YES is filling in as bassist and vocalist. Also appearing
will be current ASIA members Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes,
and Sam Coulson. The group will do a full set of ASIA music, as
well as some of the best loved songs from the members' previous
super-groups, bands such as King Crimson; YES; The Buggles;
and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
In addition to the ASIA performance, the evening will be highlighted with rare video
clips of John and the band, historical footage and fan remembrances of John and
his music. ASIA fans will be encouraged to send in written or video accounts of
their love of the music and the man behind much of it. Still photos of fans with John
are also welcomed and will be projected onto the screen. Fans who send media
to the band in advance will be balloted to share memories on the evening.
ASIA's Symfonia – Live In Bulgaria 2013 Available Now
Today, Frontiers Music Srl is proud to release ASIA's new live album
Symfonia – Live In Bulgaria 2013.
In celebration of the live album's
release the band has unveiled a performance video for "Heat of the Moment",
ASIA's chart topping 80's anthem.
Watch it below or on YouTube.
Available on 2CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, and MP3 (audio only), the album was
recorded during a special show on September 21, 2013 during the Sounds
of the Ages Festival at the magnificent Second Century Roman Theater in
Plovdiv, Bulgaria. On some of the songs during the band's set, Original Asia
was joined by The Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Levon
Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Announces "Emerson Lake & Palmer Lives On!" World Tour
A celebration of the late Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and the instrumental rock classics of ELP
Carl Palmer, among the most renowned drummers in rock history and a founding member
of both ELP and ASIA, has announced an extensive 2017 World Tour, EMERSON LAKE &
PALMER LIVES ON!, a musical celebration of his late band mates Keith Emerson and Greg Lake
and their group, ELP.
With the passing of my good friend and musical
collaborator, John Wetton, the world
loses yet another musical giant. John was a gentle person
who created some of the most lasting melodies and lyrics
in modern popular music.
As a musician, he was
both brave and innovative, with a voice that took the
music of ASIA to the top of the charts around the world.
His ability to triumph over alcohol abuse made him an inspiration to
many who have also fought that battle. For those of us
who knew him and worked with him, his valiant struggle
against cancer was a further inspiration.
I will miss his talent, his sense of humor and
his infectious smile. May you ride easy, my old friend.