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A new medium in visual art created completely from rhythm.

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Latest updates
10 Dec 2018

Registration is now open!!

Carl Palmer's Prog-Rock Camp
Nov. 8-10, 2019 - 2300 Arena - Philadelphia, PA

In today's update, Paul Bielatowicz and Simon Fitzpatrick of Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy talk about the Prog-Rock Camp...

Register now!

Registration is limited to the first 100 people who register.
First come; first served!

More information here!

03 Dec 2018

I would like to thank you all along with Paul and Simon. We had a great year playing for you. It was a lot of fun!

Wishing all of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year!

See you all next year! 🎅🎅🎅🍸🍸🍸🎄🎄🎄


02 Dec 2018

Proud to have been nominated in the Progressive category in the 2019 Modern Drummer Reader's Poll!

Voting is open until Dec. 24, 2018

26 Nov 2018

Carl talks about more features of his Prog-Rock Camp including workshops about building a career in music and previously unseen ELP Concert footage that will be shown at the camp.

Carl Palmer's Prog-Rock Camp - Nov. 8-10, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

Details at the Prog-Rock Camp main page!

22 Nov 2018

Announcing Carl Palmer's Prog-Rock Camp

Nov. 8-10, 2019 - 2300 Arena - Philadelphia, PA
Masterclasses, Workshops, Performances, and more!

A musical learning experience for drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists and vocalists. Featuring Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy band And Very Special Guests!!

Details at the Prog-Rock Camp main page!

17 Nov 2018

Major Announcement Coming From Carl Palmer on Thanksgiving - November 22, 2018 - by 12 noon

Details will be posted here or on the Carl Palmer Facebook page

Get ready for The Show That Never Ends....

25 Oct 2018

Carl Palmer drums up ELP delights

Nice review from of the show on Wednesday, October 24, at Jergel's in Warrendale, PA

Read the entire article...

Snippet: "With unintended irony Wednesday, Carl Palmer waited until “Fanfare for the Common Man” to play a drum solo that probably no other man (or woman) could duplicate.

Besides the uncommon speed and power with which he dazzled, Palmer started doing all these stick tricks. He whacked his drum sticks together, twisting his hands at odd angles, for a rhythmic wooden sound, then laid one stick on a cymbal to strike at it for a unique tone. Like a master chef at a Japanese steak house, Palmer’s hands were a blur as he chopped away at practically every inch of his kit within reach — metal drum stands and all — finding entertaining noises and dynamics no other drummer achieves. [...]"

25 Oct 2018

21st Century Schizoid Man from High Above! by Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy perform their version of the first song ELP actually ever played (but didn't record until the 1990s). It was their version of the Greg Lake/King Crimson classic "21st Century Schizoid Man." Recorded from up above at Jergel's in Warrendale, PA on October 24th.

25 Oct 2018

Nice slippers, young Mr. Palmer (at home, age 13)....

22 Oct 2018

Dr. Stephen Robb MD - is a long time friend of the ELP family. As a board certified physician, he has treated all three members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, as well as members of ASIA, Deep Purple, The Moody Blues and others, who have fell sick while on tour.

Dr. Robb, who is also a practicing Deacon in his church, is spearheading efforts to build a school for underprivileged children in Costa Rica. It is a school for children whose families are too poor to pay school tax and have their kids in the public schools down there. The old school burned down in a fire. Fortunately, Dr. Robb is close to his goal of raising the funds needed to build the school. Carl Palmer has already supported this effort with a substantial check from the sales of his contemporary art, and that he is hoping all of his fans will consider donating to this worthy cause - to assist a very needy community in Costa Rica.

Please open your hearts: help Dr. Robb and his team reach their goal! The link to go fund me campaign is:

22 Oct 2018

Carl Palmer drumming up ELP magic at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille

Nice interview and article from preparing for the show on Wednesday, October 24, at Jergel's in Warrendale, PA

Read the entire article...

Snippet: "The object is to take people on a journey through the life of ELP. We play the early stuff and a full side of (1971 album) 'Tarkus,'' and popular songs like 'Fanfare for the Common Man' and 'Hoedown.' It’s a pretty powerful sort of show. And there are screens showing footage of ELP that relates to the music we play. Of course there’s an obligatory drum solo, which you have to listen to."

You’d be a fool to take a bathroom break during Palmer’s solo, as his sticks and pedal work are lofty enough to have earned him the tag "a drummer’s drummer."

Tickets are available here...

20 Oct 2018

Interview with Carl featured on the new "Best Drummers Ever" episode of the "Latest Music Vibez with DC Hendrix" podcast! From WFWI - BIG 92.3 FM - Fort Wayne, IN

20 Oct 2018

A very young Carl Palmer at the onset of his life as a professional drummer. (He was playing in professional dance orchestra starting at age 13).

19 Oct 2018

Record Collector Review of Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Performance in London

Thanks to Andy Rawll for his review of the performance at Under The Bridge in London - August 2, 2018. It's in the November 2018 issue of Record Collector Magazine

Summary: "[...] if not a show that never ends, it can still blow your mind."

Read the review here...

09 Oct 2018

Don't miss the final leg of the World Tour!

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy -
2018 “EMERSON LAKE & PALMER LIVES ON!” - The Final Leg

The final leg includes US stops in NY, CT, RI, PA, NH, DC, VA, KY, OH, MI, MN, IL, and IN and Montréal and Quebec, Canada.

Next 7 appearances:

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
26 Jan 2019
Great Torrington, Devon, England
The Plough Arts Centre

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
27 Jan 2019
Minehead, England
Giants of Rock

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
28 Jan 2019
Milton Keynes, England
The Stables

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
29 Jan 2019
Southampton, England
The 1865

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
01 Feb 2019
Bergamo, Italy

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
03 Feb 2019
Padova, Italy
Teatro ai Colli

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
05 Feb 2019
Forli, Italy

14 Oct 2018

Come and see the merchandise on this year's tour with Carl Palmer!

Carl Palmer takes his fans through a guided tour of all the cool merchandise available on the current Fall 2018 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Live On! Tour. Sit back and a enjoy a trip through the many cool ELP memories....

10 Oct 2018

Carl Palmer To Host Exclusive Charity Art Gallery
At The Iridium - Oct. 21, 2018 - New York City

Carl Palmer, one of rock's iconic figures and a founding member of both Emerson Lake & Palmer and ASIA, will host an exclusive charity art gallery on October 21 at 5pm prior to his show at The Iridium in New York City that night. The gallery will showcase a series of rhythm-on-canvas prints featuring stunning visual images created completely by Palmer's drumming. A video describing the making of this unique artwork can be seen below. Additionally, Palmer will have available for purchase The Orchadia Scarf, a one-of-a-kind silk scarf made from one of his designs.

This exclusive art event is only open to ticketholders for the opening night of Palmer's multi-night run at The Iridium October 21-23, and a portion of the proceeds from the artwork sold will go to VH1 Save The Music.

For complete details including how to get tickets, a video of Carl's artistic process, and more, visit the Iridium Art Gallery page!

Click to see a larger image of each photo

09 Oct 2018

Popular Buffalo-based vocalist Nelson Starr (formerly of THE TAILS) performs Lucky Man with Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy at their packed show, Saturday October 6, 2018 at the Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo, NY. Starr also sang Knife Edge to overwhelming applause from the audience.

09 Oct 2018

Ahhh... Just before he left for the tour, Carl Palmer left the door to his private music room at home open. Lets have a peak inside....

Click to see a larger image of each photo

08 Oct 2018

Initial 2019 dates for England

Carl, Paul and Simon are excited to be playing a few concerts in the UK again in January 2019. Look forward to seeing you all!

  • January 26th - Great Torrington - The Plough Arts Centre
  • January 27th - Minehead - Giants of Rock
  • January 28th - Milton Keynes - The Stables
  • January 29th - Southampton - The 1865
As always, you can keep up with the tour dates for 2018 and 2019 on the Tour Dates page.

08 Oct 2018

Nice new interview from!

This interview covers a lot of ground with discussion of far-ranging topics including Tarkus, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, John Bonham, Ringo Starr, Bill Bruford, Miles David, Mike Oldfield, and more!

Interview in English

Interview in Greek

02 Oct 2018

A little R&R for the big drum man before his Fall 2018 tour. Carl Palmer and Katie seen here having a leisurely lunch with close friends Tony & Maria Iommi, and café owners Alan & Louise just before Carl left for his tour.

01 Oct 2018

I'm excited to be starting the last leg of the 2018 tour this week. It starts this Saturday, October 6, in Buffalo, NY and continues through November 4 in Indianapolis, IN.

We've also been busy planning for 2019. Today, we're announcing the initial European dates for Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy in February and March, 2019! The dates we're announcing today include shows in Italy, Belgium, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and Germany. More will be announced as they are finalized.

As always, you can keep up with the tour dates for 2018 and 2019 on the Tour Dates page.

Hope to see you at one of the shows!

17 Sept 2018

Enjoying downtime in Cyprus before starting the tour in the US and Canada in October.

Also, there's been an update to the 2 dates in Canada. Montreal is now Sunday, Oct. 14 and Quebec City is now Monday, Oct. 15.

All dates and ticket links are also available on the Tour Dates page

30 Aug 2018

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Fall 2018 Tour
Additional dates announced!

Just announced additional shows in Cranston, Rhode Island (October 13) and Washington, DC (October 19)

Read the full press release with all of the tour dates and ticket links!

Dates are also available on the Tour Dates page

19 August 2018

2 Drum Greats Rock Out Together!

Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, DIO / Last In Line, and Appice Bros.) recently played the Rock On Festival Martirano, in Lombardo (Italy) with Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy. The two drum legends had a great time and enjoyed a nice chat backstage at the festival.

Carl begins his next US Tour October 6th, in Buffalo, NY and will conclude on November 4th in Indiana.

For details, see the Tour Dates page!

16 Aug 2018

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Embarks on Final Leg of the 2017/2018 World Tour!
US and Canada shows from Oct. 6 through Nov. 4

Compelling live show will feature a new set list, custom made films, and cutting-edge performances that will honor the musical legacy of ELP.

"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."

Read the full press release with all of the tour dates and ticket links!

Dates are also available on the Tour Dates page

09 August 2018

Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Live CD/DVD reviewed at The Progressive Aspect blog.

"[...] What is remarkable about Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy is that whilst they can pull off the loud and powerful numbers with aplomb they also somehow manage to portray the more subtle material which one would expect would normally need a keyboard accompaniment. This is exemplified most beautifully on Take a Pebble, which is conveyed sensitively largely through the skill of Fitzpatrick on the Chapman Stick, and without the need of vocals. The truly epic piece in this show is ELP’s classic take on Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Palmer and his band surge and flow through it with flair and feeling to the delight of the audience. [...]"

Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy LIVE consists of a 2hr tribute show, split across two discs: CD live in New York 2014 and DVD Live Miami 2016. With notes by Carl.
Available now from:

Read the complete BMG Press Release

08 August 2018

Eric Duvet Photography

Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy played a fantastic concert at Under The Bridge in London on August 2nd.

Take a look at this tremendous review at National Rock Review...

07 August 2018

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy at the Iridium!

Oct. 21-23, 2018 - 8:30 pm

1650 Broadway (at 51st street)
New York, NY

Tickets available now at!

More Fall USA dates will be announced soon. Tour details can be found on the Tour Dates page!

05 Aug 2018

Carl on stage setting up for the gig

Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy at Under The Bridge, Chelsea, London

Carl and the band played on August 2nd at Under The Bridge at Chelsea Football Ground, a great venue in London.

It was a fantastic gig and there were many fans and people from the music press there to see the Prog God and his band in action.

Take a look at the photos from the venue.

Carl in front of a photo of ELP at
Under The Bridge taken by Ian Dickson in 1972
05 Aug 2018

Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy perform to a great audience at 'A New Day Festival' in Faversham, Kent in the UK on August 4th

On a very hot day (84°F) with the sun directly in their eyes, Carl and the band played an exciting set to an enthusiastic audience at 'A New Day' Festival in Faversham, Kent in the UK on 4th August.

It was a great day and, to make it even more eventful, Carl met up with his old friend Arthur Brown who had performed earlier in the day with his own band and performed the famous Number 1 hit ‘Fire.’ Carl played drums in ‘The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’ back in 1968 when he was just 18 years old. 

05 Aug 2018
From left to right:
  Simon, Wayne, Carl, John and Paul 

Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy and crew after completing the UK dates

A good job done!

Carl and the band and the crew having completed the UK dates. Happy days!

28 July 2018

A note from Carl about this week's UK Tour:

"Looking forward to playing in the UK again.

The London concert will be the first time in many many years we have played in the Capital.

We have a great programme Of ELP music. Also, we will be playing tracks from our new album, Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Live.

See you all in August! The very best to you all,

Carl Palmer

Tour details can be found on the Tour Dates page!

25 Jul 2018

This podcast is an interview Carl did with Jerry Ewing, the editor of Prog Magazine chatting about Carl’s extraordinary career.

In the photo: Jerry Ewing, Carl Palmer, and Jo Kendall

Click the logo above or here to hear the podcast!

They talk about his upcoming UK tour dates:
  • London - Under The Bridge - August 2
  • Fletching Trading Boundaries - August 3
  • Faversham A New Day Festival - August 4
The new live album with Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy and Carl's amazing career, from his early Brumbeat days through Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, ELP and Asia.
23 July 2018

Thursday - August 2 - Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy returns to London!

Under the Bridge @ 7pm - Tickets available here

Other UK appearances on August 3 (Trading Boundaries, Fletching) and August 4 (A New Day Festival, Faverham).

Then, the tour moves to Italy, Austria, and Germany.

As always, details can be found on the Tour Dates page!

19 Jul 2018

ELP and Carl Palmer were featured on NPR's Morning Edition this morning in a story about Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man

Read the story at the NPR web site (which includes the video showing ELP playing Fanfare at Montreal's Olympic Stadium during rehearsals for the Works Vol. 1 tour) or listen to it here:

Note that loading this embedded NPR page may take a while.
18 May 2018

A few new dates in Italy are now on the schedule:

  • Sunday - August 12, 2018 - Avasinis, Italy - Festa Del Lampone E Mirtillo
  • Tuesday - August 14, 2018 - Martirano Lombardo, Italy - Rock On
And, as the poster attached shows, the New Day Festival appearance is on Saturday, August 4.

As always, details can be found on the Tour Dates page!

03 Jul 2018

Carl Palmer discusses his newest venture: a new line of artistic silk scarves. The initial debut scarf is called the Orchadia scarf, and features a design from Carl's popular Orchadia art canvas. He discusses its origins here. You can purchase this limited edition designer scarf at

02 Jul 2018

Don't touch that dial!

Carl Palmer
weaved his way through a myriad of great stories about Emerson Lake & Palmer and ASIA with Q104 radio personality Ken Dashow. He also spoke of the impact of The Beatles on popular music and stories involving himself and the Fab Four which aired on Dashow's Beatles Revolution show which can be found at

30 Jun 2018

The Art of Giving Continues....

Carl Palmer wowed a large group of his fans and art supporters with a special art event that featured his entire line of acclaimed high-end photographic art. Held in Oceanside, California on June 30, 2018, Palmer told stories and gave insights into the creation of his popular three series of art images. As with his other art events, a portion of the proceeds from art sales will be given to the Oceanside Moose Lodge #1325 Local Outreach Program to help those in need in that area.

Read more at the Art of Giving page.

28 May 2018

Change of venue and tickets for June 1 show in Santiago, Chile!

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy show originally scheduled for June 1st. at the Teatro Caupolican has been moved to LUGAR: BATUTA. If you purchased tickets for the Teatro Caupolican, you will need to get your refund from where you bought your tickets as they can not be honored at the new location. New tickets for the show at Batuta will be available May 28. Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you on June 1st.

18 May 2018

Another US tour date just got added!

As always, details can be found on the Tour Dates page!

18 May 2018

A few more US dates are now on the schedule:

And, some dates for the fall have been announced, too! As always, details can be found on the Tour Dates page!

14 May 2018

New 2 CD & DVD Digipack captures the Emerson, Lake & Palmer Legend with his ELP Legacy project across 2 lives dates in New York & Miami

Spectacular Live Show Dedicated to Keith Emerson features special guests Steve Hackett (Genesis) and Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge)

Released by BMG on 29th Jue 2018

"I am so pleased to have been able to dedicate a DVD to Keith and Greg.
 I am still thinking about all the great times we had.
 The music is strong and my memories will be with me for ever!
 Emerson Lake and Palmer Lives On!"

 - Carl Palmer

Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy LIVE consists of a 2hr tribute show, split across two discs: CD live in New York 2014 and DVD Live Miami 2016. With notes by Carl.
Pre-order now from:

Read the complete BMG Press Release

13 May 2018

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy performing "Fanfare for the Common Man" with drum solo.

From the performance in Bethleham, PA on April 18, 2018

About the drum solo, Carl says: "It's a good one!"

Check out all the tour dates on the tour dates page.

11 May 2018

3 shows in England added - August 2018

August 2 - London - Under the Bridge.
August 3 - Fletching - Trading Boundaries
August 4 - Faverham, Kent - A New Day Festival

Details can be found on the Tour Dates page!

30 Apr 2018

The South America Tour in May and June 2018 dates added. There are now tour dates scheduled in Brazil, Peru, and Chile in May and June 2018

Details can be found on the Tour Dates page!

25 Apr 2018

The European Tour in August 2018 is starting to shape up. So far, dates posted for Austria, Italy, and Germany.

As always, details can be found on the Tour Dates page!

13 Apr 2018

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Prepares For South Ameican Tour!

Initial dates for May (Brazil) and June (Chile) are posted. More dates to be announced! See all the dates posted to date on Tour Dates page!

25 Mar 2018

Rachel Flowers finally was able to meet and hear Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy at last night's show held at the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center. Before the show, Carl and Rachel exchanged their respective CDs.

Also, many thanks for all the birthday wishes from around the world. While on the road, the band and crew celebrated Carl's birthday with a vegan birthday cake that can be seen on Simon Fitzpatrick's Facebook page

20 Mar 2018

Happy Birthday, Carl!

14 Mar 2018

More tour dates added!

We just added 3 new tour dates in April:

  • Woodstock, NY - April 22
  • Cohoes, NY - April 23
  • Indialantic, FL - May 29
Details, ticket links for these and the whole tour can be found on the Tour Dates page.

12 Mar 2018

Carl Palmer welcomes all his fans to his current US tour - Emerson, Lake & Palmer Lives On! Part Deux. Check out all the tour dates on the tour dates page.

12 Mar 2018

Carl Palmer had a special guest at his show in Santa Clarita, CA last night: Ami Belli, the widow of Remo Belli. Mr. Belli is best known as the inventor of the plastic drum head, and the founder of the REMO Drum Head company. Carl has been a long time REMO artist and was delighted to see Mrs. Belli again after many years.

29 Jan 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

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Next 3 appearances:

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
26 Jan 2019
Great Torrington, Devon, England
The Plough Arts Centre

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
27 Jan 2019
Minehead, England
Giants of Rock

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
28 Jan 2019
Milton Keynes, England
The Stables

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