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Legendary drummer Carl Palmer brings ELP music to whole new generation

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"Step inside! Hello! We've a most amazing show."

That is just the greeting you are to receive when you step inside the hall and experience Carl Palmer ELP Legacy and are enveloped by the sights and sounds of the legendary progressive rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

“The band is running on all cylinders and has never sounded better,” says Palmer. “Fans can expect the biggest hits of ELP along with some of its epic pieces, all presented with a full visual element of special films created for the tour.”

Cal Palmer's ELP Legacy is set to perform at 8 p.m. TONIGHT at Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo.

Palmer's ELP Legacy are a power-trio that is highlighted by Palmer on drums, Paul Bielatowicz on guitar and vocals and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick.

Palmer's ELP Legacy are on a quick 16-date tour that is to be a tune up for Palmer's Pro-Rock Camp on Nov. 8-10 in Philadelphia, Penn.

"I felt that this short tour would be a great way to gear up for the prog-rock camp," he said. "Simon is back in the band and we're really playing well. I think we got the set list down to 90 minutes, which will be a spectacle for any in attendance. We are really spotlighting the beauty of the music that (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) made together."

Emerson, Lake and Palmer were one the bands that laid down the blueprint for the progressive rock movement in the early 1970s that changed the musical tapestry that can still be seen today. Since the passing of both Emerson and Lake in 2016, Palmer has kept the band's music in the mind's eye of the public countless concerts around the world, including a recent tour with Yes and Asia across the United States.

And anyone who has witnessed Palmer's ELP Legacy will attest that the grandeur of Emerson Lake and Palmer is on full display.

ELP have sold 48 million albums worldwide with nine gold albums, making them one of the most successful progressive rock bands in the world. The band broke through the norm of the pop song that said you needed to keep it under three minutes by producing 20-minute epics like 1971s "Tarkus" or the nearly 30-minute opus "Karn Evil 9," that has been a staple in the band's live set since its release. You can feel their influence in bands like Marillion and Dream Theater and even their contemporaries like Yes, Jethro Tull and early Genesis kept their eyes on the grand sound coming from this power trio.

And to think that Emerson, Lake and Palmer came close to not forming at all.

In 1969, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake met after each left their respective bands to work together. They knew they needed a drummer and Carl Palmer's name came up. Palmer was in an up-and-coming band called Atomic Rooster at the time when he was asked to audition and then to join what would become ELP.

But Palmer was hesitant to leave Atomic Rooster, but finally decided to trust his instinct and join the duo for rehearsals. Although Palmer said he briefly wondered if he'd made the right choice initially.

"Atomic Rooster was very strong at the time," Palmer said. "I remember sitting in the rehearsal hall with what would become Emerson, Lake and Palmer and finding out that they had a No. 1 hit in the UK. But the chemistry that we had together was amazing. It was almost effortless. We created some amazing music that still resonates today. I'm really proud of what we accomplished together and it's great to share that music on this tour. In the end, I think I made a great decision."

Emerson, Lake and Palmer were an immediate success, as their debut album reached No. 4 on the UK chart and earned the band its first gold album, a feat they would repeat nine more times throughout the 1970s and playing to packed arenas and stadiums for most of the decade until they disbanded in 1979.

Palmer went on to formed the 1980s supergroup Asia, who's debut album sold more than 4 million copies and was the No. 1 album of 1982 on the strength of the single "Heat of the Moment."

ELP reformed in 1992 and toured off and on until their 2010 40th anniversary concert at the High Voltage Festival in London.

Now with his ELP Legacy Tour, Palmer hopes that the band's music reaches a whole new generation.

"The music speaks for itself," he said. "it is going as strong as ever. It's something I'm real proud of."

CARL PALMER’S ELP LEGACY

“EMERSON LAKE & PALMER LIVES ON!”- THE FINAL LEG

  • Thu. 10-31-19 Kent OH * Kent Stage
  • Fri. 11-01-19 Chicago IL Reggie's Rock Club
  • Sat. 11-02-19 Edwardsville IL Wildey Theatre
  • Wed 11-6-19 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo NY
  • Sat. 11-09-19 Philadelphia PA 2300 Arena
  • Wed. 11-13-19 Bethlehem PA Musikfest CafĂ© presented by Yuengling
  • Thu. 11-14-19 Shirley MA Bull Run
  • Fri. 11-15-19 Westbury NY The Space at Westbury
  • Sat. 11-16-19 Bay Shore NY Boulton Center for the Arts/ YMCA
  • Sun. 11-17-19 South Orange NJ South Orange Performing Arts Center
  • Tue. 11-19-19 New York NY Iridium Jazz Club Times Square
  • Wed. 11-20-19 New York NY Iridium Jazz Club Times Square
  • Fri. 11-22-19 State College PA State Theatre
  • Sat. 11-23-19 Plymouth NH Flying Monkey