The 70's were the high point for many rock bands, but for none more so than the English prog-rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP). Having sold 40 million albums worldwide, headlined some of the biggest stadiums and festivals in the world, and created a live spectacle like no other, ELP were one of the most popular and commercially successful prog-rock bands ever. However the highs were certainly not without their lows, with the band plagued by fights, break-ups and illness. The epic saga culminated in a final comeback tour in 2010, in celebration of their 40 year anniversary. Emerson, Lake & Palmer: The Show That Never Ends. Encore, by Forrester, Hanson & Askew, was first published in 2000 and has now been fully revised and updated to document the fascinating tale of a troubled band, with the foreword provided by drummer Carl Palmer. Drawing from interviews with band members and associates as well as a host of archive sources, it is a gripping account of ego, band politics, period detail and sweeping musical ambition. Emerson, Lake & Palmer: The Show That Never Ends. Encore, by Forrester, Hanson & Askew will be available from 12th August on Foruli Classics and can be purchased via the website or Amazon for just £14.99. In addition to the paperback, a strictly limited edition of only 50 hardbacks will also be available, each one hand-signed by Carl Palmer.
ELP, made-up of Keith Emerson on keyboards, Greg Lake on guitar and vocals, and Carl Palmer on drums, enjoyed success in the 1970's born out of their unique fusion of classical, jazz and hard rock, to create a progressive rock sound distinctive to them. Their eponymous self-titled debut album mixed new band compositions with reinterpretations of classical pieces, a method that catapulted the group to the forefront of the UK and European charts and which was also a hit in America. By their third and most successful album Brain Salad Surgery, ELP had perfected their style, set up their own record label Manticore Records, and polished their extravagant and often aggressive live shows which regularly included spinning grand pianos, flying harmonicas and knife-stabbed organs.
However by the late 70's the cracks started to show, with the rising popularity of punk, disco and new wave changing the musical scene. A couple of ill-received albums and irreconcilable differences concerning musical direction meant ELP were starting to fall out of fashion and fall out with each other. Several incarnations and reformations followed, including Emerson, Lake & Powell in 1985 with ex-Rainbow drummer Cozy Powell, a 1992 comeback album and tour and finally a one-off 40th Anniversary tour in 2010. Yet the cracked foundations between the trio always remained.
The updated chronicles of the ELP saga released 12th August 2013
Emerson, Lake & Palmer: The Show That Never Ends... Encore by Forrester, Hanson & Askew
Foreword by Carl Palmer