Drummer Carl Palmer has told Classic Rock that ELP’s 40th anniversary reunion gig at this summer’s High Voltage Festival will be the trio’s final appearance together.
“Well, for reasons I won’t go into, it’s always hard to rev it up,” said Palmer. “We rehearsed for it for a month, which almost killed me. Not the physical side of it, just keeping interested. Me personally, I didn’t need a month. But that’s what we did, and when it came to the gig, what you saw was what you got. That’s as good as it will ever be (again). Everyone seemed pretty happy with it, and I think that gig will be far as the three of us can take things.”
If you missed it, the High Voltage show will be released on DVD.
“We’ve been doing some overdubs and there will also be an audio CD, but it’s looking really good,” according to Palmer. “And that’s about it, really. There are no plans to do anything else, not from my perspective anyway. I’ve let the other two know that. Being the 40th anniversary, it seemed a great way to finish things. Let’s just leave it there.”
Read the full interview here.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
ELP – Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression, Pt. 2
Ontario Motor Speedway – Ontario, CA - April 6, 1974