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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
Check it out:

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
02 June 2016
New York, NY
BB King Blues Club & Grill

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
03 June 2016
Sellersville, PA
Sellersville Theatre

04 June 2016
New York, NY
Private Art Event

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