Carl Palmer Announces U.S. 2006 Spring-Summer tour

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Founding Member of EMERSON LAKE & PALMER and ASIA returns with new band, and all new show: “CARL PALMER CELEBRATES THE MUSIC OF ELP.”

Drummer extraordinaire Carl Palmer, one of the world's most acclaimed percussionists will embark on his first solo North American tour, with his new power trio, THE CARL PALMER BAND.

The group, which features Palmer on drums and percussion, guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Stuart Clayton, will serve up an evening of classic ELP music, presented with exciting and innovative new versions.  An all-instrumental show, “Carl Palmer Celebrates The Music of ELP” promises to be among the most musically compelling live shows of 2006.

The tour, which will begin in late May and continue through early July. Palmer's band will cross the United States and include shows in Canada. The Carl Palmer Band will be playing showcase clubs, intimate theaters,
and Performing Arts Centers.

“I am very excited to be returning to North America to see and play for the many loyal fans I have come to know over the years," says Palmer, who announced his tour this week from Europe.  Palmer has been touring since 2002.  “This is a trio, which ELP also was, but we have replaced the keyboards with some very powerful guitar interpretations of that classic music.”

Among the songs featured in the show are: “Tarkus,” “Fanfare For The Common Man”, and “Hoedown.”  Adds Palmer: “Although ELP had a lot of vocal hit songs, we were really about musicianship and conveying the spectrum of emotions through our instruments. Many of the classic elements of these songs remain, but they have been updated and reinterpreted through the my new band."

In addition to nearly two hours of classic ELP songs, fans will be treated to Palmer's innovative and highly creative drum work. While in his previous bands, ELP and ASIA, Palmer's remarkable drum solos were often a high-point in those shows.

Carl Palmer first emerged on the British rock scene at the age of 17, as drummer for the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown. After Brown recorded his #1 hit, “Fire.” Palmer toured the US for the first time. He left to form AtomicRooster with Vincent Crane, another Brown alumnus. In 1970, he formed ELP with Keith Emerson (ex-The Nice) and Greg Lake (King Crimson's singer and bassist).

ELP, was among the pioneer supergroups launched during the era of Blind Faith, Crosby Stills & Nash and Led Zeppelin. They eventually became one of the biggest rock bands of all time, and the first group to effectively blend rock, jazz and classical music for the pop music masses. Together, on and off from 1970 through 1998, Emerson Lake & Palmer, sold over 35 million albums.

Upon the initial demise of ELP in 1980, Palmer formed another progressive rock supergroup, ASIA, with members of YES, King Crimson and The Buggles. With Asia, through much of the 1980s, Palmer would go on to have a second multi-platinum career.

“My new group is a great band and I am certain the fans will enjoy our unique versions of these timeless classics,” says Palmer. “ I look forward to returning to both the US and Canada and seeing everyone once again.”

The initial leg of the tour is as follows. The complete list of shows will be announced shortly.
Date Venue City
Wed May 31 Regent Theatre Arlington, MA (Boston)
Thu June 1 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
Fri June 2 Inter-Media Arts Center Huntington, NY (Long Island)
Sat June 3 Rams Head Annapolis, MD
Sun June 4 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA (Philadelphia)
Tue June 6 B.B. King Blues Club New York, NY
Wed June 7 The Birchmere Alexandria, VA (Washington DC)
Thu June 8 Rex Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
Fri June 9 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Sat June 10 The Abbey Chicago, IL
Sun June 11 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI
Monday, June 12   The Warehouse          Springfield, IL

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