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05 Dec 2021


Happy Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone! Looking forward to 2022!

11 Nov 2021

Graeme Edge

"I have very fond memories of Graeme Edge.

As a young music enthusiast just starting out in music, I saw the original Moody Blues band many times in my hometown of Birmingham England, and Graeme was the driving force behind the band at that time.

He was a talented musician whose presence will be greatly missed. Rest in peace."

~Carl

09 Nov 2021


Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy - Thankful to be back on the road!

5 shows into the 2021 Fall US Tour, Carl gives a quick update and
thanks all the fans who can join him back on the road.



We drop in on an early soundcheck from Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy tour - Fall 2021.
Here, Carl's having some fun singing a bit of ELP's "Benny the Bouncer"!


Here's part of an early show on the 2021 Fall US Tour of Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy.
New backing videos, more ELP classics, etc.


See all the tour dates!

02 Nov 2021


Carl Palmer unboxes the ELP Book - Ultimate Edition!

Some editions of the ELP Book are still available at https://elpbook.com

28 Oct 2021


Carl Palmer unboxes the ELP Book - Classic Edition!

Some editions of the ELP Book are still available at https://elpbook.com

28 Oct 2021


A provocative headine for sure...

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer to Reunite for Upcoming Tour. Wait … What?

Carl has spoken with Rolling Stone about the possibility of a kind of "virtual" ELP tour

"[...] As Palmer tells Rolling Stone, plans are underway to reunite the trio, possibly late next year. Using previously unseen footage of the band at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1992, Palmer is hoping to play with his departed bandmates once again [...]"

Read about it here!

27 Oct 2021


Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy US tour starts next week - Nov. 3!

Carl is really looking forward to getting back on tour and playing live shows again. He's been getting "match fit" and is ready to go next week with Paul and Simon.

See the show!

All the tour dates are here!

17 Oct 2021


One of my favourite rock drummers died at 83.

My condolences go out to all the family of the great drummer, Ronnie Tutt.

The first time seeing Ronnie in concert playing with Elvis Presley was a game changer for me. The next day I picked up some concert tom toms to add to my set after seeing Ronnie play. He was a big influence at the time.

I will miss him tremendously.

RIP to a VIP, Ronnie!

~Carl Palmer

14 Oct 2021


Carl Palmer with a new message about his artwork commemorating ELP's 50th anniversary

New Video! Carl thanks the fans for the response to his ELP 50th anniversary artwork and SceneFour for their help. He talks about the recently released "Pictures At An Exhibition" piece and the upcoming pieces.

Own yours at https://carlpalmerart.com/elp_50

08 Oct 2021


Carl talks about his latest ELP 50th Anniversary artwork

Carl Palmer has just unveiled his tribute to "Pictures at an Exhibition" with a new piece of original artwork. In this video, he talks about one of the key elements to the piece.

Own yours at https://carlpalmerart.com/elp_50

28 Sept 2021

Additional dates added!

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy November 2021 US Tour!

Acclaimed musician will pay tribute to Emerson, Lake & Palmer for its 50th Anniversary Celebration


After his September 2021 tour (including dates with Alan Parsons Project) was postponed due to COVID concerns, legendary drummer and musician, Carl Palmer will return this November to the US with his first round of live shows since 2019. These shows, which will feature only Palmer and his band, mark the return to live performances since the onset of the pandemic.

The tour will kick off in Warrendale, PA on Wednesday, November 3rd, and finish just before Thanksgiving. Additional dates are being added to initial list of 14 shows listed here.

See all the tour dates!

See the full press release.

20 Sept 2021

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy announces November 2021 US Tour!

Acclaimed musician will pay tribute to Emerson, Lake & Palmer for its 50th Anniversary Celebration


After his September 2021 tour (including dates with Alan Parsons Project) was postponed due to COVID concerns, legendary drummer and musician, Carl Palmer will return this November to the US with his first round of live shows since 2019. These shows, which will feature only Palmer and his band, mark the return to live performances since the onset of the pandemic.

The tour will kick off in Warrendale, PA on Wednesday, November 3rd, and finish just before Thanksgiving. Additional dates are being added to initial list of 13 shows listed here.

See all the tour dates!

See the full press release.

24 Aug 2021

Charlie Watts

I am deeply saddened that today Charlie Watts has died.

We spoke a few times on the phone about vintage drums and we were always looking at the possibilities of getting together one day. Charlie and I had traded some vintage drums over the years.

Charlie will be greatly missed by many.

I first played on Charlie's blue oyster pearl Ludwig drums in the Rolling Stones rehearsal studio, in south London, back in the 60s. This was at the time I was with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

Rest in peace Charlie.

~Carl Palmer

19 Aug 2021

Statement from Carl Palmer on the Cancellation of the September 2021 ELP Legacy Tour

After our friend, Alan Parsons, cancelled our tour dates together because of a resurgence in the pandemic and in an effort to keep our band, crew, and fans safe, we are postponing our September US tour.

At this time, the 2nd leg of Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy US dates are still planned for late October through November. We are hopeful those will remain.

Stay tuned for details as we work to reschedule the dates we need to cancel in September. We look forward to gathering with you later this year when things are safer and more certain.

~Carl Palmer

Follow all the tour dates here.

12 Aug 2021

New date added - Sept. 4 at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina!

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. 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.

10 Aug 2021

2022 European Tour Dates!

The 2021 East Coast US tour starts in less than 1 month and the 2022 UK Tour has been announced. And today, we're pleased to release the initial set of tour dates for Europe in May and June 2022

Starting May 11 in Bonn, Germany and finishing on June 11 in Lugagnano, Italy, more tour dates will be added as they're finalized. Carl, Paul, and Simon are looking forward to seeing all the fans in Eurpoe again!

See all the dates for all the tours on the Tour Dates page. Ticket links are being added as they become available.

30 July 2021


This was my fun Friday afternoon...

Here is my 1968 Ludwig classic set in burgundy sparkle. 22/16/13 sizes - very rare! Just delivered to me today!

   

25 July 2021

Looking back on High Voltage – July 24 & 25th 2010

On this day 11 years ago, fans from all around the world gathered to witness the culmination of the High Voltage Festival, a concert which celebrated the 40th anniversary of ELP. Keith, Carl, and Greg reunited for the first time since 1998 for a single concert extravaganza, providing fans with a reminder of the magic of the music created by these three legendary musicians. As it turned out, it was also the final performance by ELP.

“Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and Carl Palmer together transcended the work of their peers and laid down the dominant sound of a generation with a sound and energy that are greater than the sum of the individual players.” (from the liner notes of the High Voltage DVD)

More photos of ELP at the High Voltage Festival are in the Photo Gallery!




Photos: Michael Inns

24 July 2021

Looking back on High Voltage – July 24 & 25th 2010

What a weekend for Carl Palmer! It began on Saturday July 24, 2010, in Victoria Park, London England. Carl performed a blistering set with Asia, performing hits and new songs, to a vocal and high energy crowd, including many familiar faces and new converts enjoying Asia's new music. Asia was on tour celebrating the release of the Omega album.

More photos of Asia at the High Voltage Festival are in the Photo Gallery!

Omega is included in the Reunion Albums box set: https://asiaband.lnk.to/reunionalbumsPR




Photos: Michael Inns

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.

For details visit: https://carlpalmerart.com/elp_50/

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 elpbook.com 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: https://asiaband.lnk.to/reunionalbumsPR


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 https://carlpalmerart.com/elp_50/

For details visit: https://carlpalmerart.com/elp_50/

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 RollingStone.com!


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: https://ELP.lnk.to/rsdFA


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.

For details visit: http://www.scenefour.com

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.

Carl

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.

Regards,
Carl

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 Apr 2022
Holmfirth, England
Picturedrome

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
02 Apr 2022
Leeds, England
HRH Festival

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
03 Apr 2022
Colchester, England
Arts Centre




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