Carl Palmerthe only surviving member of the progressive rock act Emerson, Lake & Palmerhas announced a US tour that will “reunite” the drummer with his two late bandmates, Keith Emerson (keyboards) and Greg Lake (vocals, bass, guitars), using modern audio and video technology.
The tour – dubbed Welcome Back My Friends – The Return of Emerson Lake & Palmer – starts in November. 18 in Philadelphia and is currently ending in December. 3 in Akron, Ohio, although additional shows will be announced. The tickets go on sale Sept. 9.
You can find the full list of dates below.
During the concerts, Palmer and his current band will perform live on stage, flanked by performance footage of Emerson and Lake on “massive video walls.” In comparison, a press release points to Paul McCartney‘s latest duets with John Lennon below Got Back tour.
Emerson died in March 2016 at the age of 71, and Lake passed nine months later at the age of 69. Palmer has continued to perform the trio’s music live, including several tours under the ELP Legacy banner. (He packed his last run in February.) Along the way, he brainstormed other ways to honor their catalog, including the popular concept of a hologram tour.
“About five years ago, I explored the idea of trying to reunite the band using digital holograms,” Palmer said in a statement. “We saw a few shows by other artists, but it didn’t seem like an honest approach. We were able to use only the camera shots of Keith and Greg, and the excellent soundtracks from their performances resulted in a combination of film and stage performance that brings back the magic of ELP.”
Palm trees teased the project — who has the full endorsement of Emerson and Lake Estates — to UCR in December 2021 and said he thought “live footage of the actual [people] to play” would be the best route.
“There are too many problems,” he said of the hologram concept. “I went there [see the] Frank Zappa [concert] for one, and I knew it wasn’t what I needed. It wasn’t sincere enough. It wasn’t good enough. You get the odd like Ronnie James Dio, where he just stands for himself. It is OK. But they didn’t impress me.”
Carl Palmer, Welcome Back My Friends – The Return of Emerson Lake & Palmer 2022 Tour
November 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ 2300 Arena
November 20 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak
November 22 – Wayne, NJ @ Shea Center
November 23 – Patchogue, NY @ Patchogue Theatre
November 25 – New York, NY @ City Hall
November 26 – New Haven, CT @ College St. Concert hall
November 27 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
December 1 – St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre
December 2 – Des Plaines, IL @ Des Plaines Theatre
December 3 – Akron, OH @ The Goodyear Theatre
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