Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Death-Defying Tour Plans

Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1972
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Prog rock drummer Carl Palmer recently discussed his intention to perform on a new Emerson, Lake & Palmer tour - a surprising proposition, as his band mates have been dead for five years.

ELP, who issued four Top 10 albums on both sides of the Atlantic in the early '70s, last played together in 2010 - a gig Palmer told Rolling Stone was "sad...as I was playing it, I knew this would be it." Palmer created an ELP Legacy project afterward, with plans to bring keyboardist Keith Emerson into the fold before he died in 2016 of a self-inflicted gunshot, reportedly suffering from depression over nerve damage that afflicted his playing. Singer/bassist Greg Lake died of cancer nine months later.

Now, though, Palmer told Rolling Stone of his plans to virtually reunite his old group - utilizing his live band alongside newly-discovered footage of ELP performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1993. Both Emerson and Lake's estates have approved the idea, with the hopes of touring in 2022 - including a residency somewhere in the United States.

"It will look authentic, it will look real and it will be in sync," Palmer said. "And it’ll be something better than a hologram.”

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