The year was 1978, a then teenaged future writer was prepping to go to his first ever concert at Jadwin Gym on the campus of Princeton University. That concert was Emerson, Lake & Palmer; an event which not only left a lasting impression but also increased a hunger for live music while broadening horizons to include a genre called “Progressive Rock.”
Sadly, ELP, as they are commonly known are no longer an entity but fortunately for us; Carl Palmer is and he is doing a magnificent job of keeping the band and its music very much alive through his ELP Legacy project.
Before his recent and final show of the current tour in Wayne, NJ at Shea PAC at William Patterson College, Palmer chatted about the 50th Anniversary of ELP, the cast of players, the present tour and show content, a new box set and some very interesting things in the future which re-visit days past while staying very much in the now.
“Yes, it’s Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, same band,” he began, “I’ve got Paul Bielatowicz, Simon Fitzpatrick and myself; we’ve been together a few years now. Because it’s an anniversary period, I tried to cover as much as I could in the hour and 45-minutes. We’ve started using vocals; we’ve got Paul singing on “Welcome Back” and “Knife-Edge,” on “Lucky Man,” “Stones of Years” and songs like that and “Tarkus;” which we play. We play “Schizoid Man” which is one of the first pieces of music that ELP ever played together and we’ve got that in the set. We are playing “Fanfare For The Common Man” which was a big hit for ELP; so, this set will progress and change as time goes by and we develop the anniversary period. We’ve also introduced a piece called “Benny The Bouncer” from “Brain Salad Surgery” which I sing on so, yeah…”
So, it seems that Palmer has dug into the ELP vault and created a live show that encompasses a little bit from various albums and eras but he has not stopped there. With the unfortunate passing of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, Palmer is left to ensure the band’s storied history and career carries forth. Recognizing a need beyond the live concert performances to do so; he has really gone back in time and put out a box set
“The box set; basically we wanted to highlight the big moments for ELP, such as California Jam, Montreux, The Isle Of Wight, Montreal, the Olympic festival with the orchestra and also the very last concert that ELP played in n’97. I worked closely with JohnWilson from BMG in London and we came up with what we thought would represent the progression of the band during those first five years because those first five or six years was the most important time. The first album, there was “Pictures At An Exhibition” which was a live recorded album, there was “Trilogy,” “Tarkus” and “Brain Salad Surgery.” All of these albums came in that first five and a half or six years and that’s what we were trying to capture were those big moments from those albums in a live situation. Montreal Olympic Stadium was huge for us, California Jam was and I think we’ve got it; there’s also a vinyl box set which is out with all similar material.”
“We’ve managed to pick up some live recordings from way back in the ‘70’s which were not released before which are available in some of the box sets as well,” he continued. “We recorded every night as ELP and some of the recordings are good and some of them were not very good. We managed to find one from Sheffield and what we did was, we had a box set that had vinyl and CD and a book and a pin and in that particular box set there was a vinyl of this live recording which was made way back in he early ‘70’s that had not been released before.”
With this year coming to an end, Palmer has an eye to the future and moving “Forward” while incorporating the past.
“This was a very short tour, it was about three weeks and 15 concerts and what we will do is; we’ll be back in January and doing some dates with Alan Parsons and that will be another sort of three weeks. Hopefully by the end of 2022 we’ll have a new stage presentation together using live footage of Greg and Keith playing and I will play in sync too with them along with Paul and Simon. We’re dealing with all of that now and the footage we’re using is from The Royal Albert Hall. The footage is really good, all of the sound bites and stems with the audio tracks are very clean and we’re hoping that we can incorporate that into what we are doing. So, we’re looking at the end of 2022 and come January 2022 I’ll be looking at what progress we’ve made but it is looking very positive at the moment. We might be able to cover things like “Lucky Man,” “Knife-Edge,” ”Hoedown;” who knows? There are various songs where we can have Greg singing and Keith playing along with Paul, Simon and myself.”
To find out more about Carl Palmer, the ELP box sets and all things related; please visit www.carlpalmer.com .
Many thanks to Joe “Rocky” Vitella for taking me to that first ever concert and Rose Martin Barbaree for coming along; we will be forever intertwined.
Happy Thanksgiving to those here in the United States and much health and happiness to all of the rest here and abroad!
That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON
This week's event listings
Al's Airport Inn 636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton (609) 883-5252 Sat. 5 p.m. Rob Silvers Sun. (12 p.m.) Sunday Brunch (6 p.m.) "Sunday Funday" w/ DJ Spinning Mon. 5 p.m. Rob Silvers Tues. 7 p.m. Kindred Spirit Duo Wed. 7 p.m. Brian ElliotArm & Hammer Park 1 Thunder Road Trenton (609) 394-3300 Tues. 4 p.m. “Santa/Rookie” Meet & Greet. (Bring a new unwrapped toy to get a picture)
Arts Council of Princeton 102 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-8777 Fri. 10 a.m. “Studio Time” at Princeton Makes w/ Adriana Groza (6:30 p.m.) (Takes place at Princeton Shopping Center 301 North Harrison Street) (7:30 p.m.) Bill's Olde Tavern 2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton (609) 586-0192 Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia Night Tues./Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ "Super" Dave Curtis Ages 21+Bordentown City Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown Sat. 4 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting (Center of town @ Crosswicks Street)Boro Bean 9 East Broad Street Hopewell (609) 466-6681 Sat. 11 a.m. John AbbottBowman's Tavern 1600 River Road New Hope, PA (215) 862-2972 Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan Sat. 7 p.m. Wendy Simon Trio Sun. (12 p.m.) Steve Guyger (6 p.m.) Lorenzo Wed. 6 p.m. Andy PrescottBroken Goblet Brewing 2500 State Road Bensalem, PA (267) 812-5653 Fri. 12 p.m. “Zombie Turkey Paintball Black Friday Party” (8:30 p.m.) Class A Kings Sat. 8:30 p.m. Pink Floyd Tribute w/ “Us & Them”City Streets 510 Highway 130 South East Windsor (609) 426-9400 Fri. 9 p.m. Douglas Brothers Sat. 8 p.m. DJ Night Mon. 9 p.m. "Malibu Mondays" Tues. 9 p.m. Trivia w/ Jessie & ChelseaClubhouse at Mountain View (The Patio) 850 Bear Tavern Road Ewing (609) 771-0400 Fri. 7 p.m. Slim and The PerkolatorsCOARadio.com 125 South Main Street Hightstown (609) 241-7103 Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. The WagCooper's Riverview 50 Riverview Plaza Trenton (609) 393-7300 Thurs. 9 p.m. Club Night feat. Rotating DJs (inside event) Fri. 5 p.m. "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere Happy Hour" Sun. 11 a.m. " Sunday Latin Jazz Brunch" w/ Victor Tarassov (7 p.m.) Shot of Southern. $10 Tues. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ Michael Hoffman Wed. (12 p.m.) "Wine Down Wednesdays" (7 p.m.) Blues Jam / Disco Hustle Night All Events Ages 21+Cross Pollination Gallery 2 North Union Street Lambertville (609) 213-6734 Fri. 5 p.m. "Friday Happy Hour." (Talk art, wine and musicians who bring instruments)Dacey's Pub 215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA (215) 295-4838 Fri. 6 p.m. Acoustic Music Night Wed. 8 p.m. QuizzoDadz Bar and Grill 744 Main Street Lumberton (609)267-4344 Fri. (6 p.m.) Funky Business Band (9 p.m.) DJ C-Rob Sat. 9 p.m. DJ C-RobDog & Bull Brew House 810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA. (215) 788-2855 Fri. 11 a.m. Black Friday Brunch Sat. 4 p.m. Snap Dragons Sun. 4 p.m. Brian Elliot & Mike BattagliaEddington House Bensalem 2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA (215) 639-1220 Fri. 8:30 p.m. Keep The ChangeGleason's Bar 6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA (215) 943-4781 Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour" w/ Casey Welborn (9 p.m.) Troublemakerz Sat. 7 p.m. Sight Unseen Trio Havana New Hope 105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA. (215) 862-9897 Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Dance Party Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Triple Rail Turn (11:59 p.m.) DJ Dance Party Sun. 4 p.m. Tea Dance Party LGBTQ + Sunday Out Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dwayne Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper DuoHopewell Theater 5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell (609) 466-1964 Fri. 8 p.m. “The Quickest Thinkers In Comedy: Baker & Mark.” $32 Sat. 8 p.m. “The Evolution of Joni Mitchell.” $40 Tues. 7 p.m. The Art of Living Well: “Precious Guru.” $12.50Hopewell United Methodist Church 20 Blackwell Avenue Hopewell (609) 466-0471 Sat. 6 p.m. Hopewell Hayride (Old Time Country & Bluegrass). $15 (Suggested donation adults)Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn 15 East Broad Street Hopewell (609) 466-9889 Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night Sat. 5 p.m. Grant Peterson and Martin GoldbergHopewell Valley Vineyards 46 Yard Avenue Pennington (609) 737-4465 Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5 p.m.) Rick Winow Sat. (1 p.m.) Tune Bandits (5 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Deb & Mike Sun. 1:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Hopewell Valley Vineyards Jazz BandHurricane Jacks Bar and Grill 7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (267) 914-4517 Fri. (6 p.m.) Happy Hour w/ (8 p.m.) Midnight Sun Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam Irish Rover Station House 1033 South Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA (215) 970-5412 Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Entertainment Paula & Sam Dance Party Sat. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke Party Hosted by Paula & SamIron Plow Vineyards 26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus (732) 306-9111 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Spoondrift Sat. 2 p.m. Joe Hoyer & Tim HendrixIron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room 61 High Street Mt. Holly (732) 306-9111 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Wayne Palmer & FriendsIvy Tavern 3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton (609) 888-1435 Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke Fri. 8 p.m. "Comedy at The Ivy" Hosted by PJ Stansbury feat. Dan Regan, Andrew McSween, Katie Berben, Kurt Zimmerman. $10 (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.) Sat. 8 p.m. Unleashed Sun. 5 p.m. “Latin Sunday” Karaoke w/ DJ Daner En Los Controles All shows 21+ John & Peter's 96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa (215) 862-5981 Fri. 9 p.m. The Throwbaxx + Mike Dialto Comedy and Friends Sun. 3 p.m. Karen Bella Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.) Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational All shows 21+Killarney's Publick House 644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton (609) 586-1166 Fri.10 a.m. Black Friday BrunchLaurita Winery 85 Archertown Road New Egypt (609) 752-0200 Sat. 11 a.m. “2021 Final Food Truck Festival” feat. Fireworks (At Dusk/Dark). $12 (Ages 21 +, ages 20 /under FREE) Sun. 11 a.m. “2021 Final Food Truck Festival.” $12 (Ages 21 +, ages 20 /under FREE) Wed. 6 p.m. Girls Night Out. “Everlasting Holiday Tree Workshop.” Ages 21+Logan Inn 9 South Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 862-2300 Fri. 8:30 p.m. Adam Shaber Sat. (5 p.m.) Tree Lighting (8:30 p.m.) Max RogersMamma Rosa's 572 Klockner Road Hamilton (609) 588-5454 Sat. 6 p.m. Phil McAuliffe Wed. 7 p.m. KaraokeMarketFair 3535 U.S Highway 1 Princeton (Center Courtyard) (609) 452-7777 Fri. 10:30 a.m. “Santa Arrival Party”.Marie's Kozy Korner 111 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA (215) 943-3131 Thurs. 12 p.m. “Thanksgiving Buffet” $7.95 (First come first served)McGuinn's Place 1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence (609) 392-0599 Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke Ages 21+ McStews Irish Sports Pub 5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 949-9570 Fri. 8 p.m. Knights Reign (Ronnie James Dio Tribute) / Whole Lotta AC/DC (AC/DC Tribute) Sat. 9 p.m. Metallica Triute w/ “Orion” Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and SamMore Than Q 13 Klines Court Lambertville (609) 773-0072 Sun. 2 p.m. Packy’s Sunday Brunch feat. Sim Cain, Dave Haneman, Keith HartelMusic Mountain Theater 1483 Route 179 Lambertville (609)397-3337 Fri. 8 p.m. "Elf: The Musical" Sat. 3 p.m./8 p.m. "Elf: The Musical" Sun. 3 p.m. "Elf: The Musical"Naked Brewing Company 212 Mill Street Bristol, PA (267) 544-7129 Sat. 11 a.m. “Holiday Brunch” (Seating available until 3 p.m. by reservation only)Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA (215) 458-7081 Sun. 11 a.m. Mame: Miniature Jade Slip Pot Bonsai WorkshopNew Egypt Flea Market Village 933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge (609) 758-2082 Sat. 10 a.m. “Small Business Saturday” Wed. 7 p.m. 2’ Fence Post Snowman Class (Check for availability)New Hope Winery 6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA (215) 794-2331 Sat. (1 p.m.) Mark & Ralph (Pour House) (5 p.m.) Rob McMahon (Pour House) Sun. 1 p.m. Stranger Things (Pour House)Newtown Brewing Company 103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA (215) 944-8609 Fri. 6 p.m. Kate and Bob Sat. 6 p.m. Joe & KristaNick's Roast Beef 4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA (215) 637-5151 Fri. 8 p.m. LeCompt (Full Band) Sat. 8 p.m. RougarouNottingham Tavern 9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square (609) 587-6623 Sat. 9 p.m. Spellbound Ages 21+ O'Connors American Bar & Grille 1383 Monmouth Road Easthampton (609) 261-1555 Thurs. 11 a.m. "Thanksgiving Buffet" Old Town Pub 135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown (609) 291-9232 Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia Sat. 7 p.m. Mario & FrankPalmer Square 40 Nassau Street Princeton Fri. (4 p.m.) "Skating On The Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) .(5 p.m.) Tree Lighting Sat. 12 p.m./4 p.m. "Skating On the Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) w/ Courtney’s Carolers w/ Strolling Santa Sun 12 p.m./4 p.m. "Skating On the Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) / Harmonics Quartet w/ Strolling SantaPasquale's Sports Bar 9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA (267) 202-6268 Fri. (5 p.m.) Happy Hour (8 p.m.) Dance Party w/ DJ Double S… Sat. 8 p.m. DJ or Live Band Entertainment Tues. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo Wed. 7 p.m. Open MicPatriots Crossing 1339 River Road Titusville (609) 737-2780 Thurs. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"Princeton Public Library 65 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-9529 Fri. 12 p.m. “Artist Chalet Winter Village” (Runs through 12/19 and takes place on Hind Plaza)Ralphie's 2295 2nd Street Pike Newtown, PA (267) 491-5408 Fri. 8 p.m. Blue ReignRecklesstown Farm Distillery 2800 Route 206 North Columbus (609) 784-8046 Sat. 12:30 p.m. “A Tasting of Aged Spirits” feat. Music of The WilliamsboyRevere Restaurant 802 River Road Ewing (609) 882-6365 Thurs. 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Buffet (Eat in or take out available)Rosedale Mills 101 Route 31 North Pennington (609) 737-2008 Sat. 1 p.m. Outdoor Line Dancing. $10 (Rain date Sundays 12 p.m.)Small World Coffee 14 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-4377 x2 Sat. 6 p.m. Fear Of DancingSparky World-Famous Beer Garden 4333 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 943-2321 Sat. 9:30 p.m. Never EnoughStars & Stripes Harley Davidson 600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA (215) 752-9400 Tues. 5 p.m. “Backstage Party”1675 Spirits 2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA (215) 645-1445 Sat. 6 p.m. Joe and KristaTara's Tavern 1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown (609) 286-2300 Fri. 9 p.m. Suburban Sensi Sat. 9 p.m. AmptonsTemperance House 5 South State Street Newtown, PA (215) 944-8050 Fri. 7 p.m. Bad Hombres Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara CartneyTerhune Orchards 330 Cold Soil Road Princeton (609) 924-2310 Thurs. Open 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" “Cheers to Fall Wine Trail" feat. Bud BelvisoTGI Fridays 3535 U.S. Route 1 North #275 Princeton (609) 520-0378 Fri. 6 p.m. Katelyn Cryan & Kevin Cryan Sun. 1 p.m. Ed WilsonThe Bog (Cranbury Golf Club) 49 Southfield Road West Windsor (609) 799-0341 Sat. 7 p.m. Guns 4 HireThe Buck Hotel 1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA (215) 396-2002 Thurs. (12 p.m.) Family Style Thanksgiving Dinner (7 p.m.) Kevin Kirko Fri. 7 p.m. Juliano Brothers & Love Junk Sat. 9 p.m. The Soul Cruisers Tues. 6 p.m. Danny LynchThe Cool Cricket 216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro (609) 291-9110 Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke Sat. 8:30 p.m. El Ka BongThe Dubliner 34 North Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 693-1816 Fri. 7 p.m. Zaire Sat. 7 p.m. JB Rocks Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session" The Five Four Bar & Grill 8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 547-5525 Fri. 9 p.m. Supertrain Sat. 9 p.m. Kickbax Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Joe JuhasThe Ivy Inn 248 Nassau Street Princeton (609) 921-8555 Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Darius The 1st Sat. 9:30 p.m. Strange Brew Crew Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv Wed. 10 p.m. Total Request w/ DJ Rockin' RonThe Morrisville Tavern 376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA (215) 295-5310 Mon. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Tim Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia NightThe Roost 181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge (609) 208-0050 Fri. 8 p.m. Jack Furlong Duo Sat. 8 p.m. Twice As GoodThe Sycamore Grill 255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA (215) 908-6326 Fri. 8:30 p.m. Kickbax Acoustic Trio Sat. 8 p.m. Casey WelbornThird State Brewing 352 High Street Burlington (609) 387-1620 Fri. 7 p.m. Black Friday Blues w/ “Timothy James” Sat. 7 p.m. Radio FictionTindall Road Brewing Co. 102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown (609) 526-8651 Sat. 7 p.m. Paul Plumeri DuoTir Na Nog 1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton (609) 392-2554 Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" All Shows 21+ Trenton Social 449 South Broad Street Trenton (609) 989-7777 Sat. “Live Music Saturday” Sun. “House Social” w/ DJ Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Karaoke" Hosted by Sweets Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Tobias & LeaVault Brewing Company 10 South Main Street Yardley, PA (267) 573-4291 Fri. 7 p.m. Dave Posmontier Duo Sat. 7 p.m. Carol Hamersma TrioWilson's Pub 1870 Brownsville Road Trevose Heights, PA (215) 355-4739 Sat. 7 p.m. Keep The ChangeWorking Dog Winery 610 Windsor-Perrineville Road Hightstown (609) 371-6000 Sat. 12 p.m. Nick Moccia Sun. 12 p.m. Rob MessinaWWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor Jazzon2.org Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues" Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.