Keith Emerson's shocking suicide death on March 10 has inspired former bandmate Carl Palmer to reconfigure his upcoming North American tour.
Palmer has rechristened the trek “Remember Keith -- The Music of Emerson Lake & Palmer” tour during which Palmer and his trio, which interestingly does not include keyboards, will play instrumental versions of ELP's classics.
In a statement announcing the shift, Palmer says that, "I will deeply miss Keith and I want you all to know I will carry on flying the ELP banner and playing the great music with my band for many years to come. We have lost a very talented and gifted musician but this great music will continue for a long, long time."
The tour begins on June 2 at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City, while the June 24 show in Miami, which was originally planned to be a celebration of Palmer's 50th anniversary in the music industry, has been re-titled "Pictures At An Exhibition -- A Tribute To Keith Emerson,” which will include special guests and performances by the Center For Contemporary Dance, interpreting some of ELP's works backed by Palmer and his band.
Palmer says that Emerson was originally interested in guesting at the show "but sadly fate intercepted these plans. I felt it was imperative that we turn this event into a tribute to him and the music we made together."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.