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Twist Of The Wrist - Carl Palmer Art
A new medium in visual art created completely from rhythm.

View and buy the art at

Read more about Carl Palmer's exclusive Rhythm on Canvas art work here.

The Art of Giving page highlights events where Carl Palmer and Scene 4 Art of Los Angeles raise money for charity. A portion of all sales at these events is given to the featured charities.

Latest updates
07 April 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the Yestival shows with Yes and Todd Rundgren!

See the links on the Tour Dates page!

For full details on Yestival and the entire 2017 tour itinerary for Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy including the November 2017 UK tour, read the press release!

12 April 2017

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy is on tour in Europe!

Carl, Simon, and Paul report from Frankfurt, Germany in the video here:

Complete list of Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy appearances is available on the Tour Dates page.

07 April 2017

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 now at

Complete list of Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy appearances is available on the Tour Dates page.

27 March 2017

Travel along with the ASIA/Journey tour...

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, Harry Ford...

Click on the image above to see the whole photo album.

25 Mar 2017

MEN AT WORK.... on the Journey ASIA tour

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 Birmingham England.

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).

Click on the thumbnails for full size photos

22 March 2017

Two Drum Legends Talk Percussion....

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.)

20 March 2017

Happy Birthday, Carl Palmer!

12 March 2017

An Extraordinary Life

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.

Fans can submit their own memories (text, photos, and videos) for possible inclusion in the celebration. Read the details regarding fan submissions here.

Read the entire press release for complete details about this special event.

07 March 2017

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Coming to Mexico

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy is in transit to Mexico City! They're appearing at the Lunario on Thursday, March 9!

Read the interview here! (en Español)

See all the tour dates

25 Feb 2017

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 Manukian.

Read the entire press release

19 Feb 2017

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.

Read the entire press release

See all the tour dates: South America, North America, Europe, and the UK!

06 Feb 2016

Thank you for your condolences

I'd like to thank all of you who have reached out and extended condolences to me regarding the passing of Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and John Wetton.

Thank you,

February 2017

05 Feb 2016

The Final Black Sabbath Show

I was pleased to attend the final Black Sabbath show ("The End" tour) in their (and my) hometown of Birmingham on Saturday, 4 Feb.

Photo 1:

"Carl Palmer enjoys a chat with former ELO and Black Sabbath drummer, Bev Bevan, and Phil Tree at the final Black Sabbath show held Friday in the UK."

Photo 2:

"Carl visits with Tommy Iommi after the show."

03 Feb 2017

ASIA Tour VIP Packages are now available!

ASIA with special friend Billy Sherwood, will be on the Journey tour paying tribute to the musical legacy of John Wetton.

See the tour dates and check out the VIP Meet and Greet and more packages.

29 Dec 2017

John Wetton

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.

Carl Palmer

29 Dec 2017

"The music of Emerson, Lake & Palmer doesn't divide people — it brings them together."

- Carl Palmer 2017

26 Jan 2017

Second leg of ASIA tour as special guest of Journey announced!

Asia is pleased to announce the second leg of their 2017 tour with Journey. The second leg starts June 5 in Tulsa, OK and concludes July 15 in El Paso, TX. Hope to see you at one of the shows!

See all the tour dates here.

11 Jan 2017

A Personal Statement from ASIA's John Wetton

I am disappointed to announce that, on the advice of my medical team,
I have to withdraw from Cruise to the Edge, and from the first leg of the Journey tour, March 15 – April 4. I will soon be starting a new medical chemotherapy procedure, under which I will not be able to fly.

I am grateful to the promoters of the Cruise. I wish them pleasant sailing and I know my friends on the cruise, both artists and fans, will have a ball on the ocean wave. I will be with you all in spirit.

My good friend, Billy Sherwood, will fill in for me within Asia, keeping my seat warm during the initial 12 Journey dates. While I am naturally disappointed to miss the beginning of what I know will be an historic ASIA tour, I am intending to return to the stage with Asia later in 2017, dates soon to be announced. I know this decision will be in the best interests of my health and our fans, in the long run.

John Wetton
January 11th 2017

10 Jan 2017

ELP Legacy Tour Dates for 2017 - Europe

The first set of 2017 tour dates for Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy has been released. The tour starts April 8 in Munich (Germany) and proceeds through April 24 near Verona (Italy).

See all the tour dates here!

05 Jan 2017

Hello everyone,

I have been working hard with Scenefour and after a few days of working with them I think we have a new canvas that will be a tribute to Greg Lake and it will be called "Lucky Man".

I need to live with it for a few more days but I am very happy with what we have got. I will post it as soon as I can. Keep a look out.

We have plenty of touring this year with CPL and Asia so I am sure I will have a chance to see you all sometime.

Stay well, stay healthy


31 Dec 2016

Happy New Year!


29 Dec 2016

New Year Greeting for 2017

Happy New Year!


24 Dec 2016

My condolences go out to the family of Rick Parfitt and all of the STATUS QUO band.

Red Sky at Night is one of my all time favourite tracks.

We will miss the energy, Rick.


18 Dec 2016

Christmas greeting 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2017.


08 Dec 2016

It is with great sadness that I must now say goodbye to my friend and fellow band-mate, Greg Lake.

Greg's soaring voice and skill as a musician will be remembered by all who knew his music and recordings made with ELP and King Crimson. I have fond memories of those great years we had in the 1970s and many memorable shows we performed together.

Having lost Keith this year as well, has made this particularly hard for all of us. As Greg sang at the end of Pictures At An Exhibition, "death is life." His music can now live forever in the hearts of all who loved him.

Carl Palmer
December 8, 2016

07 Dec 2016

ASIA Returns as Special Guest of Journey

Legendary British band to tour for the first time since 2014.

After a three year absence, British super-group ASIA has announced it will embark on a lengthy US tour as the special guests of Journey. The band is delighted to have received this special invitation from such esteemed musical friends.

Read the entire Press Release. See the tour dates announced so far. More to be announced!

06 Dec 2016

Hello To All My Fans In Europe...

I am very sorry about some of the Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy dates in April being moved around. This is to accommodate the tour with ASIA which has happened just last week with a wonderful invitation from our friends in Journey.

I am looking forward to working again with ASIA and John Wetton now that he is able to play and I hope it all goes very well for him and the band.

I will be re scheduling the dates that were orginally planned for April for Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy with my agent. We are working on it now.

Looking forward to seeing you all very soon. Hope all of you have a great Christmas!


20 Nov 2016

Available Now!!!

New DVD!!

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy - Pictures at an Exhibition - A Tribute To Keith Emerson
with special guests:

Mark Stein (from Vanilla Fudge),
Steve Hackett (from Genesis),
David Frangioni

Filmed Live in Miami June 2016!!!

Track list includes full version of Pictures an an Exhibition and much more!

See full track list and order here!

20 Nov 2016

Available Now!!!

New CD!!

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy- Live in the USA

Track list includes full version of Tarkus and much more!

See full track list and order here!

19 Nov 2016

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Live on Facebook
Monday night, 21 Nov 2016

Join Carl Palmer on Facebook at approximately 8:50 pm (Eastern US time) for a portion of Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Private in-studio concert being held at The Miraverse/Manifold Recording Studios in Pittsboro, NC

16 Nov 2016

In Memory of Robert Paiste — 1932-2016

Robert was a friend and true innovator in the industry of cymbal manufacturing. He will be greatly missed now and in the future.

- Carl Palmer

16 Nov 2016 review of New Hope, PA show

Drummer Carl Palmer blew through New Hope with his stellar band for a two-hour, heart-stopping tribute to his former band mate from Emerson, Lake & Palmer - keyboard master Keith Emerson. [...]
With the dream of another Emerson, Lake & Palmer reunion gone, at least fans can enjoy the music, celebrate the genius of Keith Emerson, and see Carl Palmer and his band bring that same brazen and incalculable spirit to the playing of the progressive rock bands of the 70s.

Read the full review at

10 Nov 2016

Carl Palmer on the Legacy of Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Q&A)

Ken Sharp at Rock Cellar Magazine spoke with ELP founding member drummer, Carl Palmer, for a look back at all things ELP and Palmer's tour paying tribute to their music and the mastery of Keith Emerson.

Read the interview at

07 Nov 2016

Central America shows postponed

The shows posted last week originally planned for late November and early December in Central America (Mexico, El Salvador, and Panama) have been postponed by the promoter and are due to be rescheduled next spring. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

01 Nov 2016

The Real Story Behind ELPs 'Brain Salad Surgery'
Carl Palmer interview at

[...] "It's my favorite album of ours," says drummer Carl Palmer. "We were at the pinnacle of our creative abilities. Everybody was getting along incredibly well, and the ideas were flying. I'm not surprised that people regard it so highly, because it's fantastic. It's the moment that every band wants to get to in their career. We weren't able to sustain that success, but we did get there once." [...]

Read the entire interview at

01 Nov 2016

Jeff Mann, drummer for the popular band, Consider The Source, got to share the bill and spend some time with his drum hero, Carl Palmer.

Jeff had met Carl at the age of 15 at a drum clinic; with the band's appearance at the 2017 Progtober Festival at Reggie's in Chicago, he was able to update the photo.

Says Mann: "Thanks again for having Carl say hello to me after the show we did together at Reggie's on Sunday. It meant a lot to meet one of my heroes who inspired me to play the drums and chat with him for a bit. Here is the picture we took together as well as the old one as a 'before and after'. Safe travels on the road and please extend my thanks to Jake as well for being so thoughtful."

17 Oct 2016

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Carl Palmer master class and art event scheduled by The Music Annex in Fort Lee, NJ on November 6th has been cancelled by the promoter. If you have purchased tickets please contact your point of purchase for a refund.

14 Oct 2016

Carl Palmer and the "Art" Of Giving Continues

Carl Palmer, one of rock's iconic figures, and a founding member of both Emerson Lake & Palmer and ASIA, in association with Los Angeles art company SceneFour, recently completed a number of charity art events that have benefited Musicians On Call; The Arts Garage Performance Art Center; and St Jude Children's Hospital. The events resulted in the sale of 46 original Palmer canvases, a portion of the whose proceeds will be distributed to these very worthy causes that Palmer is supporting.

Read the full press release or visit the Art of Giving page.

08 Oct 2016

Newsweek: "Speaking with ELP's L&P: Greg Lake and Carl Palmer"

This week's Culture section has an article about ELP featuring interviews with Carl Palmer and Greg Lake.

"[...] Considering Emerson's immense musicianship and daring stage presence, it's no wonder that many described him as 'the Jimi Hendrix of keyboards.'

Newsweek spoke with Lake and Palmer about Emerson's enduring legacy and the groundbreaking trio that he co-founded. [...]"

Read the full article

29 Sept 2016

Germany tour dates for 2017!

While we get ready for the 2nd part of the 2016 tour, we're also looking ahead to 2017. The initial dates for a 2017 tour of Germany have been announced.

See the details on the Tour Dates page!

17 Sept 2016

2 more dates just added to the fall tour!

Tour starts October 19th in Wisconsin and concludes on November 21st in North Carolina. 14 dates announced. More to be announced.

Read the Press Release!

See the details on the Tour Dates page!

14 Sept 2016

Coming Soon!
Picture at an Exhibition - A Tribute to Keith Emerson

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy with special guests: Steve Hackett, Mark Stein and David Frangioni

DVD Recorded live in Miami, FL on 24 June 2016

13 Sept 2016

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy announces 10th tour of North America


Tour starts October 19th in Wisconsin and concludes on November 21st in North Carolina. 14 dates announced. More to be announced.

Read the Press Release!

See the details on the Tour Dates page!

26 August 2016

To all the people of Amatrice and the surrounding areas devastated by the earthquake:

I feel for you so much. Your loss is so great and it will effect many people for many years.

I will try to help with my agent, Stefano, to raise some money by holding a concert with my group, Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy, and other musicians.

My thoughts are with all the people of affected in this tragic event.



24 August 2016

I am deeply saddened by the loss of my great friend, David Enthoven, who was the very first manager of ELP along with John Gaydon.

He will be missed.

I was looking forward to going out with him sometime year. We always had a great time. Now this is not going to happen; forever lost.

David thank you for being such a guiding light.


03 August 2016

New ELP photos from 1971 in Photo Gallery

Thanks for fan, Dieter Petzold, for sharing some photos from ELP's June 13, 1971 show in Düsseldorf, Germany. Now in our ELP Photo Gallery.

See all the Photo Galleries!

28 July 2016

New show just added for Sunday, 31 July 2016

A new show was just added to the tour. Sunday, 31 July 2016, Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy will appear at the Nice Music Festival at the Hall Cultural Center in Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia.

Festival, venue, and ticket information here.

See all the tour dates!

26 July 2016

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Anthology

New on In The Studio with Redbeard, "Carl Palmer and Greg Lake tell the tale of the groundbreaking 1970 debut containing Knife Edge, Take a Pebble, and the hit Lucky Man, plus the ahead-of-its-time opus Tarkus in 1971, with archival comments from the late Keith Emerson in part one.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Anthology part 1 - with Greg Lake and Carl Palmer

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Anthology part 2 - with Greg Lake and Carl Palmer

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Anthology part 3 - with Greg Lake and Carl Palmer

17 July 2016

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Pays Tribute to Keith Emerson

When it comes to rock and roll drummers, Carl Palmer joins the ranks of the most regarded drummers in the genre. Under the touring name of Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy, the drummer intended it to be a celebration of his 50th year as a professional musician. However, in early 2016 when tragedy struck his former bandmate Keith Emerson (who was set to join Palmer on a few shows), the show quickly turned around to a tribute to Emerson.

Palmer stopped by the Paramount Hudson Valley theater on June 16 with his performance, joined by Paul Bielatowicz on guitar and Simon Fitzpatrick on bass. Without Emerson's legendary keyboard role in the mix of the sound, the group took a new form of power trio to interpret and present Emerson, Lake and Palmer's music. Channeling the groundbreaking progressive rock format in this setting doesn't seem like an easy task, but Palmer did it in a fresh way that was just as exciting as ELP's recordings. [...]

Read the entire article with some great photos at

16 July 2016

Carl appeared on the NBC Dallas/Fort Worth (TX) Channel 5 morning show on Tuesday, July 12.

Watch the interview!

09 July 2016

My thoughts and prayers go out to the great city of Dallas and all its people. And my deepest thoughts are with all the families who have suffered so much over the last few days.

Every human life is valuable in this great world we all live in.


25 June 2016

The June 24th Tribute to Keith Emerson show at the Olympia Theater was an overwhelming success. Special thanks to our special guests Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and Vanilla Fudge keyboardist and singer, Mark Stein, and to our producer and guest drummer David Frangioni.

Another highlight of the evening were the cutting edge dance interpretations of ELP's music by The Center For Contemporary Dance. And of course, a special thanks to all the fans who attended, some who came from other countries!

See more photos from the show at the Keith Emerson Miami Tribute page

23 June 2016

Bring on the dance!

Members of The Center for Contemporary Dance prepare for their appearance during Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy "A Tribute to Keith Emerson" concert. The show, which also features Steve Hackett of Genesis and Mark Stein of The Vanilla Fudge will be held Friday, June 24th at the Olympia Theater in Miami.

Tickets are still available at:

See photos from rehearsal here or on the Carl Palmer Facebook page

See all the tour dates.

11 June 2016

S.R.O. Is All We Know....

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy continues its highly successful REMEMBERING KEITH AND THE MUSIC OF EMERSON LAKE & PALMER 2016 North American Tour.

Of the first 7 shows 5 have been standing room only! The sell outs will continue throughout the tour which ends July 12th in Dallas, TX. A second leg of the tour is being planned for Fall 2016.

See all the tour dates.

09 June 2016

ELP's Carl Palmer Talks About Keith Emerson

Carl Palmer interviewed for

[...] "I just live for the next one every day. Just waiting for the next moment to come along." he says. "I enjoy what I do. I will be doing this until I can't get out of bed, that's how I look at it. For me, it's just something that, because I've been doing it for so long, I just can't imagine not. Obviously if I'm still improving – and I think I am; I think it's still there, which I'm kind of pleased about – I'll just carry on." [...]

Read the entire interview...

04 June 2016

New CD!

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
Live In The USA

Carl Palmer has released Live In The USA with his acclaimed ELP LEGACY band. The album, recorded at Buffalo's Tralfamadore Music Hall, features several ELP classics, as well as other prog music staples from The Nice and King Crimson (two bands that featured ELP's Keith Emerson and Greg Lake).

The album will be official released on July 12th, with copies available now at all Carl Palmer shows.

Live In The USA has been dedicated to the late Keith Emerson, who died tragically in March of 2016. "Keith's death hit us all hard, and it was very sad for me since he and I had been discussing working together again in 2016," says Carl Palmer. "All I could do was finish the album with his spirit in mind, and dedicate it to him."

See the track list and read the entire Press Release.

See all the tour dates.

20 May 2016

Thanks to Rick Stein, the English celebrity chef, who gave Emerson, Lake & Palmer a mention from Bologna on his very interesting programme: Rick Stein's Long Weekends.

People in the UK can watch the episode on the BBC web site.

11 May 2016

Hi, everyone.

I realise that many of you have commented about if there is going to be a tribute show to Keith in the UK.

I want you to know that I have started working on a show for Keith Emerson here in the UK. I do not have any dates as we speak but it is something I really want to do and I am hoping it will be this year.

My US tour has taken up such a lot of time and the show for Keith in Miami, Florida is coming along fine. Because I had no venues booked for this year in the UK, it's proving hard to find a suitable venue, but we are looking and some very important people are helping me.

So stay with me on this one. I will be doing something for Keith that's for sure.

Thank you all for your kind support.

02 May 2016
The latest news about the Keith Emerson tribute in Miami on June 24

Legendary Genesis guitarist and solo artists Steve Hackett and Vanilla Fudge keyboardist and vocalist Mark Stein will both join Carl and his band for the tribute show in Miami.

"I am honored and grateful that these two iconic musicians have agreed to appear at this special tribute to Keith," says Palmer. "I have been working as an instrumental act since 2001, so this will be different and exciting to have Mark Stein on keyboards and vocals and Steve Hackett on guitar for some of songs." Also added will be The IDA Program Children's Choir (led by Liz Quin) who will contribute on the ELP hymn classic, "Jerusalem." Acclaimed producer and musician David Frangioni, will also be a special guest during the show.

Read the entire Press Release...

27 Apr 2016

My friend, Remo Belli,

will be deeply missed by all of us.

I will always think about all the good time we had together and all the great ideas he always had.



21 Apr 2016


A great musician. A great singer. Just so much talent.

He wrote some great songs and I do mean great songs.


14 Apr 2016

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy will be appearing at the Night of the Prog Festival 2016, 17 July 2016 in Sankt Goarhausen, Germany.

The festival is held at the Loreley Amphitheater: a UNESCO World Heritage site. On the hill of the River Rhine, it is located between Frankfurt and Cologne in Germany.

See all the tour dates.

04 Apr 2016

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy partners with to bring exciting VIP packages and enhanced products directly to fans.

Be a part of the June 24th event. See the packages here.

30 Mar 2016

From ELP's Carl Palmer Plots Tribute Tour for Late Keyboardist Keith Emerson

Emerson, Lake and Palmer drummer to pair group's music with contemporary dance at special Miami show

Read the article here.

24 Mar 2016

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Announces 9th Tour of North America.

"Remembering Keith and the Music of EMERSON LAKE & PALMER."

Special Tribute Show to Keith Emerson to be Presented in Miami, FL on June 24th

Exciting show features the instrumental rock classics of EMERSON LAKE & PALMER, in final leg of world tour.

Read the entire press release

See all the tour dates.

11 Mar 2016

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson.

Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come. He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz. [...]

Carl's tribute page to Keith...

16 Feb 2016

Solent University: "Drum clinic's a hit with music students"

"Renowned drummer Carl Palmer visited Solent this February to deliver a drum clinic which proved to be a big hit with the University's student musicians. [...]"

Read the whole story on the Solent University Music and Performance blog.

03 Feb 2016

Carl Palmer being presented with an award from Southampton Solent University as a Visiting Fellow in Popular Music by the School of Media Arts and Technology by Paul Rutter, Associate Professor/Programme Group Leader of Music Scheme (top)

Snare drum demonstration on the Venus snare drum (middle)

Some of the students with Carl at the Masterclass at Solent University (bottom)

See more of Carl's awards on the Awards page.

31 Jan 2016

Remembering Terry Wogan

A great man is no longer with us. My condolences go out to the Wogan family. Terry always made me laugh. One of the all time great presenters on TV and Radio. Terry's work for charity was on the highest level. A National Treasure!


30 Jan 2016

Just announced some initial dates of the Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy European tour. So far, shows are booked in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Portugal. More dates should be announced soon.

See all the dates on the Tour Dates page!

19 Jan 2016

Carl Palmer – «Vir2osity»
Paiste announces the introduction of the Signature 20" Duo Ride

The «Vir2osity» 20" Duo Ride was created in collaboration with the legendary Carl Palmer, the drum virtuoso behind the progressive rock supergroup ELP, who powerfully incorporated classical and jazz influences into the early rock drumming of the 1970s and continues to distinguish himself with his inimitable and energetic drumming style that highlights technical prowess, speed and dexterity.

The newly developed model is loosely based on the original Signature Dry Dark Ride, with its characteristic, pronounced hammer marks on an earthy dark surface, being the result of intense heat treatment. The outer perimeter and the bell of the cymbal are then lathed using the unique Reflector finish.

The «Vir2osity» 20" Duo Ride executes Carl's exclusive ideas for a variable ride cymbal with distinct playing zones. In general, this heavy cymbal features a fairly raw, earthy, complex wash that's very tight and controlled. The overall glassy stick sound tends towards a drier, more raw and wooden note in the un-lathed zone, while the lathed zone presents a livelier, crisper and richer ping. The bell is well separated and decidedly loud and piercing.

As a tribute to Carl's inspiration, the label «Vir2osity» and a rendition of Carl's personal emblem have been placed on the cymbal.

Signature Series cymbals are made by hand in Switzerland using traditional methods that have remained unchanged in over half a century.

Artist Inspiration cymbals are created by Paiste featuring Artists' uncompromising sound ideas and visual concepts.

For more information, please visit: Carl Palmer - «Vir2osity» at
Sound samples available here: Signature Duo Ride at

17 Jan 2016

Carl Palmer's Art Of Giving continues.

One of a series of charity events featuring the artwork of Carl Palmer during his 2015 fall tour, Carl Palmer delivers a check to the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, for preservation of its natural environment. The funds were raised from proceeds derived from the purchases of Palmer canvases. Shown here are: L to R- Carl Palmer Esther and Chris Poulsen (who organized the event) and Carl's manager, Bruce Pilato:

Here, Carl Palmer hands over another check to Hope Reins of Raleigh, a charitable organization that places rescued horses with emotionally disturbed children in the Raleigh, NC area. The charity was the recipient of funds raised in a private art event featuring the artwork of Carl Palmer hosted by the Hill family. Pictured here L to R: Steve Hill, Susan Clemmer of Hope Reins of Raleigh, Valerie Hill, and Carl Palmer.

Read all about Carl's Art of Giving

11 Jan 2016

I am deeply saddened to hear about the death of David Bowie.

He was a stand alone guy, completely original in every way. Great person, I only met him once in my career when I was fourteen when I was playing in the King Bees. David also was in a band many years ago called The KING BEES . He introduced himself to me when I was still living in Birmingham. We were both playing at Mothers, a very good club in its day.

Greatly Missed


Carl Palmer

07 Jan 2016

Carl attended the unveiling of the Cozy Powell Memorial Plaque today at the Corn Hall, Cirencester in the Cotswolds in England.

The event was very well attended by fellow musicians, family and friends of Cozy Powell, who was a much loved son of Cirencester.

The large crowd blocked the Market Place in Cirencester to see Tony Iommi and Brian May unveil the plaque after a short speech by the Mayor of Cirencester and Brian and Tony.

After the unveiling a reception was held inside the Corn Hall for guests and Carl, Brian May and Tony Iommi all made speeches celebrating the life and music of Cozy Powell.

It was a very happy occasion for many well known musicians, his family and friends to remember Cozy. He obviously was very highly thought of and much loved by all.

01 Jan 2016

I thought you might like to see the 3 Palmers, all drummers, practising over the holiday. With me is Steve, my brother and Ian, my nephew.

Wishing you all a Very Happy and Healthy 2016!

- Carl -

23 Dec 2015

Carl and everyone in the Carl Palmer Legacy organisation would like to wish all the fans and those who have either attended our concerts or an art event

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year

and we look forward to seeing you again next year

22 Dec 2015

First Edition Printing of Carl Palmer's Acclaimed Art Book, Art In Rhythm, Is Sold Out

Art In Rhythm, the acclaimed new hardcover book which features images of, and text about, Carl Palmer's two art collections, A Twist Of The Wrist and The Rhythm of Light, has sold out of its initial edition of 250. Released in mid October of this year, the book was issued as a coffee-table companion to Palmer's unique blend of rhythm, art and modern photography, which he developed with the Los Angeles-based art company, Scene Four. The collections feature images created while Palmer played the drums using LED-lit drumsticks.

Read the press release...

29 Nov 2015

Hope to see some of you at this week's shows in California! Thanks to Paul Freeman for this article in the San Jose Mercury News:

Drummer great Carl Palmer coming to Club Fox (Redwood City, CA)


[...] Besides creating inspired rhythms for Emerson Lake & Palmer, he provided the beats for Asia, Atomic Rooster and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. It's no wonder that Rolling Stone magazine named Carl Palmer one of the 10 Greatest Drummers of All Time.

Palmer is on tour, with his own power trio, which includes guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick. There's no keyboard whiz like Keith Emerson in this format. None needed. [...]

29 Nov 2015

Thanks to for this review:

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Sizzles with A Progressive Display of Artistry!


[...] "Tarkus" was performed in its entirety next (and in my opinion, was worth the price of admission alone). The ferocity and intensity during the opening of "Tarkus" set the tone for this epic tune. The complex arrangement loaded with time-signature, tempo and key changes were delivered flawlessly with Carl drumming like a man possessed, while Paul and Simon split keyboard parts between their instruments flowing in a masterful arrangement. Paul's guitar spots soared and sizzled the venue with his searing licks and frenzied fingering. We even heard the Dinosaur roar. Of all the songs on the setlist, this was the most stunning rendition. Progressive Rock doesn't get any better than this! [...]

29 Nov 2015

This Tuesday night (Dec. 1st) in Los Angeles!

Join Carl Palmer as he showcases his artwork and discusses creativity in an incredibly personal evening to benefit ROSIES FOUNDATION.

We'd love to see you there, and it helps an incredible organization.

Get details and RSVP here!

20 Nov 2015

Sold out!

Saturday night's show in Cary, NC.

Thanks to all the fans who are coming out to support Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy while we're on tour!

15 Oct 2015

Carl Palmer with Emerson, Lake & Palmer makes Rolling Stone's 50 Greatest Progressive Rock Albums of All Time!

See the complete list!

13 Oct 2015

Statement from Carl Palmer regarding The Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not be appearing at the February 2015 Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp as previously announced. I hope to be able to participate in a future camp and we wish the Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp organization and its campers, the very best."
Carl Palmer

08 Oct 2015

Carl, seen here with Katie and Bruce, as the All Things That Rock Festival begins.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

06 Oct 2015

BACK IN THE NY GROOVE.... Kiss founding member and ex-guitarist Ace Frehley made it a point to stop by Carl Palmer's display at the ALL THINGS THAT ROCK FESTIVAL in Philadelphia to meet the legendary British drummer. Ace remarked on how all the KISS members were big ELP fans.

In addition, former Guns N Roses drummer Steven Adler came over to meet Carl. Adler, like Carl, has created his own collection of art with Scene 4 of Los Angeles.

01 Oct 2015

Carl Palmer (with help from manager Bruce Pilato) gets ready to meet the fans at the ALL THINGS THAT ROCK FESTIVAL in Philadelphia yesterday.

The event ends Sunday Oct 4th until 5pm and also features Ace Frehley; Guns N Roses' Steven Adler; Gene Cornish of The Rascals; Lita Ford and many others.

Carl hangs with pop metal Queen, Lita Ford, at The All Things That Rock Festival in Philadelphia.

01 Oct 2015

Had a great time speaking on WMGK's John DeBella show. See you at All Things That Rock (Oaks, PA) this weekend!

Listen to the podcast!

28 Sept 2015

Carl Palmer Brings Rare Signed ELP Items To ALL THINGS THAT ROCK FESTIVAL This Weekend Oct 3 and 4 In Philadelphia

Carl Palmer will be at this exciting event discussing his artwork and signing Carl Palmer, ASIA and Emerson Lake & Palmer items. Among the items that can be purchased and signed by Carl will be: ELP and Palmer lithographs; Picture Discs; Vinyl Albums; Publicity photos; Carl Palmer Drums; Drum Heads; Drum sticks and much more!

Check it out!
All Things That Rock
Philadelphia Festival 2015
October 3 & 4, 2015

24 Sept 2015

Coming October 15, 2015!

Carl Palmer is releasing a book on his artwork: Rhythm in Art. The first edition is super limited and each copy is signed.

Sign up has begun at to get more details!

23 Sept 2015

Carl Palmer among headline celebrities at All Things That Rock 2015!
October 3 & 4, 2015 near Philadelphia, PA
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22 Sept 2015

Carl Palmer to embark on US tour!

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy is returning to the United States for the final leg of THE 2015 Rhythm of Light Tour. The tour returns to the US with fifteen shows between November 12th and December 6th. Check out the Tour Dates.

Read the Press Release

03 Sept 2015

Carl Palmer's Art Of Giving continues.

Recently Carl and Scene 4 Art of Los Angeles, held three art events to raise money for charities he supports. A portion of all the sales of Carl's art at these events were given to the following charities: Camp Good Days & Special Times, providing summer camps for children with cancer; The American Cancer Society; and The Child Advocacy Center Of Bucks County (PA).

Debbie Rice of Friendship Framing in Bath, PA, accepts check from Carl Palmer on behalf of the American Cancer Society.

Gary Mervis CEO of Camp Good Days & Special Times receives check from Carl Palmer.

Paul Conaway of Wannatix in Philadelphia receives check from Carl Palmer
on behalf of The Child Advocacy Center of Bucks County, PA

Read all about Carl's Art of Giving

21 June 2015

20 June 2015 - It was a full house as CARL PALMER'S ELP LEGACY opened a short tour of 6 shows in Florida, Tennessee, Maryland, and Pennsylvania tonight at the Englewood Events Center in Englewood, FL. The band rocked hard on such classics as Barbarian and 21st Century Schizoid Man to an enthusiastic crowd.

See all the tour dates

03 June 2015

Carl Palmer named #1 in MusicRadar's 6 Pioneers of Prog Rock Drumming
The drummers who changed the face of rock forever.

"Prog rock is an English art form, a bit like jazz is to the Americans. This is an art form which we created here in England" - Carl Palmer

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Next 3 appearances:

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
24 Apr 2017
Lugagnano di Sona (Verona), Italy
Club Il Giardino

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
26 Apr 2017
Budapest, Hungary

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
27 Apr 2017
Nove Mesto, Slovakia
Blue Note

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