Continuing my A to Zed or Zee of some of my favourite Rock bands.
Rather like the new film The Railway Children Return. Keith Emerson's mother was a refugee in WW2 and they moved to Yorkshire. Keith was born in Todmorden in 1944. Sadly his birth place was later demolished.
Greg Lake was born in Poole, Dorset in 1947. Carl Palmer was born in Handsworth, Birmingham in 1950
They formed a three piece super group playing Classical, Progressive Rock and Jazz. I can't think of another 3 piece band in Rock other than Rush who were so multi talented and entertaining. Can you?
According to Professor Google I saw ELP at Manchester Apollo in October 1992. It was an awesome concert. Keith Emerson played like a famous Composer and he tortured an Hammond organ sticking SS daggers in it. Regular readers will remember I wrote about Lemmy from Hawkwind and Motorhead supplying Keith with them. When I did a blog about Greg Lakes book ' Lucky Man'. Remember?
The ELP Manchester concert was one of the best gigs I have ever been to. Perhaps Kansas could only top that?
Did anyone else get to see The Nice or ELP? They have got the be the best Prog band to come out of England with a name like a Solicitors practice.
Keith and Greg are sadly no longer with us. But there music lives on for evermore. Carl Palmer is still touring with his band. A friend told me that he once saw him play in his new band and Carl kept doing drum solos. One wit in the audience shouted in betweenthe drum solos. : " Give the Bass player a chance".
The video is 'Knife Edge' from back in 1970 in Switzerland when people knew how to Rock and literally let their hair down.
I wonder what F will be my choice next week? I think they could be French and quite contemporary.