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Twist Of The Wrist - Carl Palmer Art
A new medium in visual art created completely from rhythm.

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Read more about Carl Palmer's exclusive Rhythm on Canvas art work here.

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16 July 2021

Carl explains that there are only 50 of each ELP member's Ultimate edition of the official book and, for his edition, he created an original piece of art called The Manticore.

09 July 2021

Carl Palmer talks about the Signature edition of the ELP Book!

05 July 2021

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Announces Its Return to Live Performances – Acclaimed musician will pay tribute to Emerson, Lake & Palmer for its 50th anniversary celebration

Legendary drummer and musician, Carl Palmer, has announced his first round of live shows, marking the return to live performances after a nearly two year hiatus as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. Kicking off on Wednesday, September 1st at Daryl’s Place in Pawling, NY, the initial run of shows will conclude on Sunday, September 12th, at the Orange Blossom Opry, in Weirsdale, FL. The initial US tour will be followed by Palmer’s European tour, before he returns for a second run of US dates in October and November. See the tour dates here.

"The band and myself are very eager to get back on stages in America, and around the rest of world, where possible," said Palmer. "The show will have some material we have not played in years, as well as ELP's best loved material. Visually, we will include footage in the show that reflects the highlights of ELP's career. We are hoping all will go as planned with the many shows we have in place between now and mid-November."

In addition to Palmer, the band still features Paul Bielatowicz on guitar and vocals; and Simon Fitzpatrick on bass and Chapman stick.

Carl Palmer, who was voted by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 Greatest Drummers of All Time, is a founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer and ASIA. Since he began in the business in the 1960s, Carl Palmer has sold over 50 million records! Since 2001, Carl has fronted a 3 piece power trio: guitar, bass, vocals, & drums doing the classically driven rock hits of ELP with no keyboards.

These dates mark the beginning of three year drive to promote the 50th Anniversary and beyond of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, whose sole surviving member is Carl Palmer. Also planned during the celebration period will be a limited edition expansive biography of the band; a new Palmer art collection based on the five main ELP studio albums; a documentary; Karn Evil 9, a major Hollywood film (now in development with Radar Pictures) and a special tour announcement that will reunite Palmer in performance with the late Emerson & Lake through modern technology.

"This tour is the beginning of a three year agenda," explains Palmer. "There are many special celebrations of ELP that we will explain in detail in the near future."

See the full press release.

05 July 2021

Carl's Tarkus 50th Anniversary artwork

A NEW Message from Carl Palmer is here! Carl thanks the fans for their interest in his Tarkus 50th Anniversary artwork.

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14 June 2021

Carl Palmer introduces the newly remastered ELP 1973 On Tour Movie!

Carl is pleased to introduce ELP's On Tour 1973 movie. It's been visually remastered and includes backstage and behind the scenes footage along with concert film from the amazing 1973 European tour.

It's available now on The Coda Collection and Amazon Prime!

24 Apr 2021

Carl Palmer signing his artwork for the Ultimate edition of the ELP book

Carl took a well-earned break from putting his name on the Signature edition book sheets and original artwork for the CP Ultimate edition of the forthcoming ELP book, to tell us how it's going...

See for more info.

28 Apr 2021

Just announced: New ASIA Box Set: The Reunion Albums 2007-2012!

This 5 CD deluxe clamshell box set features ‘The Reunion Albums’ from the original line-up of lead vocalist / bassist John Wetton of King Crimson, guitarist Steve Howe of Yes, keyboardist Geoff Downes of Yes, and drummer Carl Palmer from Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

The box set features the 2-CD ‘Fantasia, Live in Tokyo' (a live show from their 2007 World Tour) and 3 subsequent studio albums: ‘Phoenix’ (2008), ‘Omega’ (2010) and ‘XXX’ (2012) across 5 CDs. The package was designed by Roger Dean, who produced all the original albums covers. The box cover image is previously unused as a cover, and the ‘Fantasia’ cover is an updated design.

Pre-order the box set here:

24 Apr 2021

Update on Carl's ELP 50th Anniversary Art Project

A NEW Message from Carl Palmer is here! The ELP 50th Anniversary art project is ALMOST sold out thanks to you. In this video, Carl gives us some insight into history of the Dove along with a special message for you. Own the last piece at

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20 Apr 2021

Just announced: The official ELP book!

Emerson, Lake & Palmer: the official illustrated story in their own words

Read all about it at!

09 Apr 2021

For Record Store Day 2021 (12 June): Emerson, Lake & Palmer are releasing ‘Tarkus’ as a limited edition, 50th anniversary, picture disc vinyl LP.

You can get a copy from a participating indie record shop near you:

14 Mar 2021

New art to commemorate 50+ years of ELP

Carl Palmer announces a very special new art collection designed to celebrate the first four ELP albums.

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13 Mar 2021

Statement from Carl Palmer on the
5th Year Anniversary of Keith Emerson's Passing

"It is hard to believe that, as of this week, five years has already passed since the world lost one of its greatest modern musicians, Keith Emerson. That day when he left us so suddenly will echo in my memory forever. Rather than continue to mourn his untimely passing, I believe it is better to celebrate the man and his astonishing musical legacy.

As the lone survivor of ELP, I believe it is my responsibility to keep playing the music, support the efforts that keep the music available to fans, and continue to introduce new and younger audiences to the wonderful music Keith gave us. His influence and talent was too big to be measured. I miss him greatly.

RIP Keith Emerson."

Carl Palmer

Photo credit: Graham Kennedy

28 Feb 2021

Found the other day...

Here is a photo of a music book I made when at school. The book was taken from the school cabinet and then used to list all the rudiments I was playing at the time. (My family no longer lives at the address shown.)

19 Feb 2021

We're pleased to announce Carl Palmer was named Leader in Residence at the University of Central Lancashire

The Leaders in Residence program represent a "high calibre, effective network of individuals, providing the University with influential connections with a breadth of experience and specialist knowledge." Carl was given this honor recently and will be added to the list on UCLan's website soon.

UCLan - the University of Central Lancaster - is located in Preston, Lancashire, UL. It is an international, multi-campus university tracing its roots back to 1828 and leading the way in modern learning today.

See the Awards page to learn more about the awards that have been given to Carl over the years.

03 Feb 2021

April 2022 Trilogy 50th Anniversary Tour - UK

We're pleased to announce the first set of dates for the postponed UK tour!

2022 is the 50th Anniversary of Trilogy. This initial set of dates starts on April 1 at the Picturedrome in Holmfirth and continues through April 22 at Under the Bridge in London

We expect more dates in the UK and other parts of the world to be added as the situation becomes more clear. You can find the complete list of up-to-date tour dates on the Tour Dates page.

16 Jan 2021

Lionel Rubin

With deep regret I have just heard one of my drum teacher's has died. Lionel Rubin was my teacher in Birmingham, my home town, when I was 15 years old. A great drummer and a great teacher - he was my local hero!

I studied with him for only 4 months. He was a great teacher. He made you work it for yourself under his direction and this worked for me!

I remember buying his Ajax drum set which I started my professional career with. It was like the set in the photograph.

My condolences go out to the Rubin family. Lionel, you will be missed deeply.


08 Jan 2021

Due to the situation here in the UK, we have been advised to postpone all the UK shows currently planned for 2021. We are now moving everything in the UK to 2022 when we hope it will be safe for all without having any compromises.

We all look forward to seeing you in 2022 and we are going to work on extending the UK tour. All dates for 2022 will be mentioned in the next 3-4 weeks.


06 Jan 2021

A message from Carl about 2021 Tour Activities

Carl wishes everyone a safe New Year and gives an update on his plans for touring in 2021.

See Updates page for previous updates...
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Next 3 appearances:

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
01 Sept 2021
Pawling, NY
Daryl's House

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
02 Sept 2021
Shirley, MA
Bull Run

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
03 Sept 2021
Leesburg, VA
Tally Ho Theater

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