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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 including

Atomic 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.

Carl set out on a schedule that included drum clinics, master classes and

teaching children with special needs. In 2012, he became a Fellow at Solent

University Southampton, UK, lecturing in music business classes and career


In 2001, Carl once again set out to create his own new band with two

accomplished musicians: bassist Simon Fitzpatrick and guitarist Paul Bielatowicz.

Together, they have toured the world as the progressive trio “Carl Palmer’s ELP

Legacy”. The thought of Carl Palmer assembling a progressive trio might seem

like he was relying on formula, especially since the band’s material consisted

mainly of ELP classics, but this was indeed a new direction. Purely guitars-driven,

this band put a new face on the ELP classics, performing them with musical

complexity and a raw energy not heard, since the earliest days of ELP.

In 2006, Carl also regrouped for the long awaited reunion of the original ASIA,

with Steve Howe, Geoff Downes and John Wetton.

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 his


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


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 on March 11th. 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.