Fans searching for an answer as to why Emerson, Lake and Palmer are unlikely to ever play again need only listen to their final reunion performance, drummer Carl Palmer says. For him, their set at 2010's High Voltage Festival was simply not up to the group's lofty standards -- despite a lengthy acclimation period beforehand.
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Greg Lake scarcely needs a big introduction to classic rock fans. A founding member of not one, but two of the most influential progressive rock bands of all time -- King Crimson and ELP -- the British singer-songwriter has fused his acoustic folk roots with an adventurous musical approach that has resulted in classics like '21st Century Schizoid Man,' 'In the Court of the Crimson King,' 'Lucky Man,' 'From the Beginning' and more.
This year's Record Store Day (April 20) is shaping up to be a classic rock extravaganza (emphasis on 'extra'): From Cream's triple-vinyl live set to David Bowie's string of singles to Paul McCartney's live EP, some of rock's most legendary acts are digging deep into their respective vaults and unleashing goodies.
Legendary progressive rocker Greg Lake has released a new live album culled from his 2012 tour dates in the U.S., U.K. and Italy. Titled 'Songs of a Lifetime,' the new collection features a cross section of Lake's hits performed in an intimate solo show in which the singer-songwriter also shared stories from his long career.
The progressive rock supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer were never really notable for their restraint, either in the complexity and execution of their music, or in their over-the-top live shows. Keyboardist Keith Emerson was a particularly flamboyant live performer, but his onstage antics could have cost him his career on Feb. 2, 1973, when he injured his hands in an accident involving pyrotechnics.
For a time, Emerson, Lake & Palmer ruled the progressive rock genre, traveling with some of the most epic stage productions that had ever been attempted in the time period. Doing so often brought critical malign and in the case of an ill-fated tour with an orchestra, financial devastation to the group.