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21 July 2024

Opening Night! - The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tour - Summer 2024

A quick message from Carl at soundcheck for opening night of The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Summer 2024 tour! Electric City - Buffalo, NY!

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03 June 2024

Here are some photos from the charity concert Carl hosted on Friday, 31st May, at The Asylum in Birmingham. It featured local bands to raise funds for UPRAWR, a charity that supports young musicians with their mental health.

This is an important charity to Carl as he experienced the tragic loss of his colleague, Vincent Crane, who suffered from mental health issues.

It was a great night organised by Trevor Hopkins who had put so much time and effort into making sure the event was a success.

Carl with Jack Davis CEO of UPRAWR


Carl with the thank you letter and poster celebrating the concert. A gift from Trevor Hopkins who organised the concert.

Carl at The Asylum


Carl and his brother Steve who supported the concert

Carl with Trevor Hopkins(3rd on the left) and some of the musicians who took part in the concert.

02 May 2024

Carl is delighted to host and support a charity concert on the evening of Friday, 31st May at The Asylum 2 at 7:30pm in his home city of Birmingham in the UK for the UPRAWR Mental Health Foundation.

Carl won't be playing at the concert but he will be hosting the evening’s events.

The UPRAWR Mental Health Foundation offers free mental health support and counselling to people between the ages of 18 and 35 who relate to the rock and alternative music scene with which the UPRAWR brand has become synonymous.

Over the years, they've seen mental health become a prominent issue within their musical community and feel strongly that more should be done to offer help and support. Further information on the charity can be found at

All proceeds will go towards providing critical resources, education, and support to those in need. By donating, you will be making a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness and helping to break down the stigma surrounding mental health and save young lives.

Carl has also donated signed drumsticks, signed drumhead, and a signed Vinyl Box Set Collection Emerson, Lake & Palmer Out of This World: Live (1970-1997) bundle to help raise funds for UPRAWR and this is currently on eBay in the UK at the link below:

24 Apr 2024

I recently became aware that my friend and bandmate, Geoff Downes, will be touring the US this summer in a new line-up of ASIA of which he will be the only original member participating.

As many of you know, I have also announced a tour for the Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer project which I first launched in the fall of 2022 with the cooperation of the Emerson and Lake families. My commitments to the ELP project have made it impossible for me to be part of this ASIA tour.

I wish Geoff the best of luck with his forthcoming tour and I plan to eventually embrace the music of ASIA again at some point in the future.

Carl Palmer
London, UK
April 2024

06 Apr 2024

California Jam - 06 April 1974!

California Jam was 50 years ago - 6 April 1974. It was one of the biggest crowds ELP ever played in the US with approximately 200,000 people in attendance at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California.

Parts of the show were later broadcast on American TV as part of the "In Concert" series later in 1974. (It's estimated that 600k-700k attended the 1970 Isle of Wight festival in the UK where ELP played their 2nd ever concert.)

25 Mar 2024

Carl Palmer on Talk Shop Live - April 4 at 4PM EST - 9PM UK

Carl will be talking about the soon-to-be-released, career spanning box set - Fanfare for the Common Man - including 3 CDs, a Blu-Ray, and Carl's autobiogaphy!

Click on the play button below to see Carl's invitation to this LIVE interview and learn how you can get a signed copy of the box set! And sign up to get a reminder for the live event on April 4, 2024 at 4pm EST - 9pm UK

20 Mar 2024

Thank you for the birthday messages!

A message from Carl thanking the fans for thinking of him and wishing him well on his birthday!

20 Mar 2024

Wishing Carl Palmer a very happy birthday on March 20! (It's already his birthday in the U.K.)

06 Mar 2024

Having a wonderful time skiing in Gargellen in Austria.

Fabulous snow conditions.

Enjoying every moment!


06 Mar 2024

5 New Tour Dates: Jon Anderson & The Band Geeks together with
Welcome Back - The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer

A classic / progressive rock pairing of two legendary acts has been announced for 5 new dates in late July and early August:

Jon Anderson & The Band Geeks' "YES - Epic Classics & More” with Welcome Back - The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, which features Keith Emerson and Greg Lake from the Royal Albert Hall and Carl Palmer and his band live in sync and playing all together.

Both acts will be touring separately as well as together in a number of key markets. Between the two acts, all the best loved radio hits of both YES and ELP will be heard in an unforgettable night of music.

Additional dates for both acts together may be announced soon for fall of 2024, as well as several summer and fall dates with The Return of ELP on its own.

Dates, venues, and ticket links for these shows are available at and Carl Palmer's Tour Dates page as soon as they are available.

02 Mar 2024

Former NY Yankees pitcher David Wells and son Lars with Carl PALMER

David Wells, among the most acclaimed sports heroes in recent decades, paid a visit to the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida to check out The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer tour.

Wells - who pitched in 3 different World Series games (including 2 he won) and a perfect game - brought his son, Lars, a recent college grad majoring in percussion and drum. Together, they spent considerable time backstage with Carl Palmer, who even gave Lars some important drumming tips.

29 Feb 2024

Carl Palmer sends thanks to the fans for a fabulous February 2024 tour of The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer!

Summer tour dates are in development and will be announced soon on the website and social media. We'll be back on tour soon!

You can always check the latest tour dates and ticket links here! See the show!

15 Feb 2024

NEW! Carl Palmer Career-Spanning Box Set: Fanfare for the Common Man

Carl Palmer is thrilled to present the culmination of a lifetime's work, including an autobiography and video featuring exclusive behind the scenes footage and images.


BMG are proud to bring together Carl's impressive career across a 3-CD and 1-BluRay Box Set featuring music and visuals from the Carl Palmer Band, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia and various other Carl Palmer affiliated bands & artists, among them The Craig, Chris Farlowe, Atomic Rooster and Mike Oldfield.

The Blu-Ray disc - The Rhythm of Life - is an audio-visual documentary, narrated by Carl Palmer with live & exclusive behind-the-scenes footage featuring: ELP, ASIA, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Carl Palmer Band & Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy.

Also included is a 200-page autobiography which is wonderfully illustrated with photos from Carl's personal archive.

This fine collection is everything you need to know about the boy from Birmingham who rose to the very top through hard work and dedication to his craft. A true Fanfare For The Common Man.

Choose the Box Set button on this link to see the track listings:

Read the complete press release here.

11 Dec 2023

The Return of ELP Tour wows the audience at the 1st show in Tokyo!

11 Dec 2023

The Return of ELP Tour prepares for its 2 sold out shows in Tokyo, Japan!

Go behind the scenes as the band and crew set up for the December 12 and 13, 2023 sold out shows in Tokyo!

09 Dec 2023

Wrapping up 2023 with shows in Tokyo! Best wishes for Christmas! Hope to see you in 2024

On my way to Tokyo and looking forward to seeing the fans there!

While the Tokyo shows wrap things up for 2023, I'm wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and looking forward to seeing more fans in 2024 when "The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer" tour continues!

The 2024 tour dates are starting to be announced with more being added as the dates and venues are confirmed.

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14 Nov 2023

The Return of ELP in Waukegan, Illinois!

Carl Palmer walks us through the Genesee Theater in Waukegan, IL. The Return of Emerson Lake & Palmer recently played to over 1,000 people there on Sunday night, Nov 12th.

10 Nov 2023

Carl Palmer remembers Greg Lake on his birthday

02 Nov 2023

Carl Palmer remembers Keith Emerson on his birthday

01 Nov 2023

Carl Palmer Meets the Press.. In Rochester, NY

Carl did 2 amazing TV interviews today for the tour and to promote the Rochester show. Watch his appearance from the ABC/FOX affiliate GOOD DAY ROCHESTER- WHAM TV which ran today and tonight. Tomorrow, he will be on the CBS affiliate, WROC-TV.

He is pictured here with members of the WHAM staff and producer Mike DiGiorgio; and also with Emmy Award winning newscaster, Adam Chodak from WROC-TV, our CBS affiliate and tonight and tomorrow he will be on the CBS affiliate, WROC-TV. He is pictured here with members of the WHAM staff and producer Mike DiGiorgio; and also with Emmy Award winning newscaster, Adam Chodak from WROC-TV our CBS affiliate. Special thanks to Chipster PR and Dresden Engle PR for setting these up.



12 Oct 2023

Carl Palmer - Full Interview

on the WHAM-AM 1180 No Nonsense Roundtable Show - Rochester, NY

The next leg of the Return Of ELP tour starting soon and 2024 dates are starting to be announced.

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12 Oct 2023

Look For New Shows in 2024!

Just Announced: The Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL

Feb 23, 2024
Tickets for this show

More show announcements will be made soon!

All upcoming tour dates can be found at

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28 August 2023

New Shows announced for The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tour. More dates to be announced soon!

Rock history continues to be made...
We are excited and honored to announce some initial dates on the fourth leg of the Welcome Back - The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tour!

The initial tour stops announced today are:

Fri. 11/03/23 Rochester, NY The Theater at Innovation Square Ticket link
Thu. 11/09/23 Québec, Québec, Canada Le Palais Montcalm Maison Ticket link
Sun. 11/12/23 Waukegan, IL Genesee Theatre Ticket link
Thu. 11/16/23 Urbana, IL The Canopy Club Ticket link
Sat. 11/18/23 Shipshewana, IN Blue Gate Performing Arts Ticket link
Sun. 11/19/23 Wyandotte, MI DISTRICT 142 Ticket link

Created by Carl Palmer and his management, the tour is presented with the full cooperation of the Estates of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. This is not a tribute act - This is the real thing.

Through modern technology, they will reunite the band: Carl with his two bandmates, playing together along with Keith Emerson & Greg Lake, who both passed away in 2016. It combines Keith & Greg on giant video walls performing live from a 1992 Royal Albert Hall show along with Carl Palmer and 2 side musicians who are live on the stage. They all play together on stage.

Here are some links to videos that highlight various details about the show (click links to view videos):

Both fans and critics have been raving...

"Emerson, Lake & Palmer have been reunited onstage for a video-powered live tour... the ultimate ELP experience.”

"A groundbreaking multimedia tour/experience geared around the 50th anniversary of the legendary musical trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer."

"During the concerts, Palmer and his current band will perform live onstage, flanked by performance footage of Emerson and Lake on massive video walls. As a comparison, a press release points to Paul McCartney's recent 'duet' with John Lennon during the GOT BACK tour, done with video footage from the LET IT BE Rooftop concert film."

All upcoming tour dates can be found at

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14 July 2023

Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Talks "Welcome Back My Friends" Tour on AXS

Drum legend Carl Palmer sits down with Katie Daryl to discuss his tour, "Welcome Back My Friends: The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer," an extraordinary tribute that intertwines live footage of Keith Emerson's mesmerizing keyboard wizardry, Greg Lake's iconic vocals, and Carl Palmer's exceptional drumming. Catch the details on Now Listen, and grab your tickets while you can!

See all the tour dates with ticket links!

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10 July 2023

Summer Tour is under way and new YouTube Channel launched!

The Summer 2023 Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tour started strong last night in North Carolina and is continuing through July.

To coincide with the tour, I want you all to visit and subscribe to my new YouTube channel dedicated to the Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer project:

There are a number of tour preparation and behind the scenes videos there and we'll be adding more as the tour progresses! There's also a video about discussions underway for a UK tour!

We'll always remember the great contributions of the late Tony Ortiz to my original YouTube channel and the people who've carried on since Tony died. And we'll keep that channel going so we can all enjoy the wonderful content, we plan to post our NEW content about this tour on the new YouTube channel.

Hope to see you there and hope to see you during one of the upcoming tours. As always, the latest tour dates can be found at:

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Next 3 appearances:

Jon Anderson with the Band Geeks - and The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
24 July 2024
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium

The Return of ELP with Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
26 July 2024
St. Charles, IL
The Arcada Theatre (ticket link for add-on VIP Q&A)

The Return of ELP with Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
26 July 2024
St. Charles, IL
The Arcada Theatre (ticket link for show)

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