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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Live on Facebook
Monday night, 21 Nov 2016
Join Carl Palmer
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
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.
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.
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.
[...] "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." [...]
Jeff Mann, drummer for the popular band,
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
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."
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
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.
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.
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. [...]
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
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!
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.
[...] "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."
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
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."
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.
I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music,
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 Palmer being presented with an award from Southampton Solent University
as a Visiting Fellow in Popular Music by the School of Media Arts
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)
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,
Italy, and Portugal.
More dates should be
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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
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.