'C A R L P A L M E R'
FOR E L P & ASIA
THE RAY SHASHO SHOW
This interview was conducted prior to the passing of
Greg Lake RIP (1947-2016)
Carl Palmer is a drummer’s drummer. A consummate professional, a brilliant technician and a dynamic showman, he has thrilled listeners and audiences alike for nearly four decades with some of music’s most memorable bands includingAtomic Rooster, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Asia and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Along the way his dexterity, speed and mastery of the drums, combined with his infectious stage personality, have secured for him a respected place in history as one of Rock and Roll’s greatest drummers.
At the age of 18, Carl joined up with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown at the absolute peak of their success following the smash single “Fire” (“I am the God of Hellfire…”). In 1969, Carl returned to the UK to form Atomic Rooster. It was with Atomic Rooster that Carl enjoyed his first real success as a founding member of a band.
But it would be in the spring of 1970, Carl received a phone call that changed his life forever. Keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson from The Nice, was forming a new band with King Crimson founder Greg Lake. Immediately dubbed a “super-group” by the media, Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP) entered the musical arena with great expectations.
The classic single "Lucky Man" became a hit, and their stage show quickly became the stuff of legend. They recorded and released five albums in four years,all of which reached platinum status. Among them: Tarkus, Trilogy, and Brain Salad Surgery.
An insane touring schedule followed and the legendary scale and musicianship of ELP’s live show continued to grow. Tired from a grueling four year run which had seen the release of 5 albums as well as untold hundreds of tour dates, the band decided to take a hiatus. The material created during this period was the basis of the ELP albums Works Volume I and Works Volume II, which were
released back to back in 1977. The band continued to tour and record for two more years, before disbanding in 1979.
Opportunity knocked again for Carl when he was approached to form a supergroup concept for Geffen Records. Eventually, along with King Crimson vocalist/bassist John Wetton, Yes/ Buggles keyboardist Geoff Downes and Yes guitarist, Steve Howe, Asia was born.
The band’s self-titled debut album Asia was released in 1982 and a tour began. Asia’s debut LP went to number one, selling over seven million copies worldwide. Along the way singles such as “Heat Of The Moment”, “Only Time Will Tell”, “Wildest Dreams” and “Sole Survivor” dominated the charts for months.
In 1985, Asia went their separate ways.
Carl would spend the next seven years playing in different combinations of bands with Keith Emerson and some of the ASIA members. Finally, in 1992, ELP returned with Black Moon. They would remain together until 1998, and reform for one final appearance in London at the High Voltage Festival in 2010.
To date, Carl has sold nearly 50 million records.
In 2012, Carl was approached by the innovative art company, Scene 4, to do a series of art images based on his rhythmic and musical ideas. The images are a unique blend of light, shadow, reflection and musical performance, related to his legacy.
Carl is an avid collector of contemporary art and antiques from all over the world.
His knowledge of contemporary art fuelled his interest in pursuing his own art projects with Scene 4. To date, he has released two collections: Twist Of The Wrist and The Rhythm of Light.
Carl Palmer, is returning to the United States for the second leg of the enormously successful 2016 REMEMBERING KEITH AND THE MUSIC OF EMERSON LAKE & PALMER TOUR. Originally designed to be a celebration of Palmer’s 50th year in music, the focus and name of the tour was changed in light of the tragic death of Keith Emerson. Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy will play nearly two hours and drum enthusiasts can expect an evening of compelling percussive skills, from the man who brought the drum set to the forefront of rock n roll music.
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