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.
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As the end of the '70s neared, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer found themselves at a commercial and creative crossroads. Worn out from years of touring and increasingly at odds with one another over which direction their music should take, they needed a break to regroup. Unfortunately, their record company had other plans for the trio.
Greg Lake's co-founding participation in a pair of seminal progressive rock bands provides more than enough material for a lifetime of musical intrigue -- to say nothing of a kick-ass Top 10 List.
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.
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.