MUSIC NEWS - Carl Palmer, one the most renowned drummers in rock history and a founding member of both E.L.P. and ASIA, is returning to the world stage for an extensive solo tour that will celebrate the release of his new DECADE dvd (which chronicles the 2011 tour show) and a new collection of fine art, recently done in conjunction with California’s Scene Four ArtStudios.
“ I am thrilled to be gearing up for my return to live performing,” said Palmer recently from his home in London.
Palmer is gearing up to return to professional work after being sidelined for over two months when he contracted the serious E Coli infection, while on tour with ASIA in the United States. The illness caused the cancellation of ASIA’s 2012 UK tour, the first time in his professional career that one of his tours had to be cancelled.
Adds Palmer; “My bout with E Coli was extremely serious, but fortunately I have had great physicians looking over me, and I am well on the road to recovery now.” The tour will begin with shows in Japan, followed by the Caribbean-bound CRUISE TO THE EDGE featuring YES, Steve Hackett, UK and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy. Upon returning from the cruise shows, Palmer will embark on a tour of South America, and then begin his USA & Canadian leg on April 11, ending in Bay Shore, NY on May 11.
Palmer will continue touring Europe before and after these dates. Entitled “Twist of the Wrist Tour 2013,” the long road trek will feature a show that presents bold, new arrangements of the best-loved instrumental music of ELP, and other composers. A multi-media experience combining music and video projection, the show promises to be among the most musically compelling tours of the year. Carl Palmer Legacy is a red-hot power trio that features Palmer on drums and percussion; guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick.
“Since 2001, I have been playing with my own power trio, replacing the keyboards with electric guitar,” says Palmer. “I felt that was the only honest way to approach the music of ELP. I didn’t want to have a singer trying to sound like Greg Lake. ELP did so much instrumental music, this format made sense to me. Hearing the keyboard parts done on guitar is certainly different, but just as satisfying. The idea was to re-invent the music; there will be several new classic ELP tunes this time around.”
The tour coincides with the release of both Palmer’s new concert DVD, Decade, (a multi-camera video shoot captured at Pittsburgh, PA’s MusikFest) and Palmer’s first signature collection of Fine Art, created completely from movements captured while he was drumming. A Twist Of The Wrist – The Carl Palmer Art Collection, is the result of collaboration between Palmer and the acclaimed Los Angeles Art Team, Scene Four. The collection is a series of signed and numbered prints of stunning visual images constructed by capturing rhythm.
The new Decade dvd features a performance from the band’s 2011 tour and includes numerous cinematic images, which were used in the stage show. Also, since his last solo tour, Palmer has also remained active with ASIA (Geoff Downes, John Wetton, and until recently, Steve Howe ), touring and recording since they reunited in 2006. The band recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary.
As for ELP, Palmer closed that chapter of his life when the band played a final show in 2010 at London’s High Voltage Festival, where they celebrated their 40th Anniversary. “ELP has ended its on again off again existence when we did High Voltage. We had a great run and remain friends, but the best way I can honor our musical legacy is to present that music the way I do with my own band. “
For this solo band tour, Palmer will again meet fans after each show, doing autograph signings at most venues. 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.
Carl Palmer TWIST OF THE WRIST TOUR 2013 (so far…)
25-30 Cruise to the Edge Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11 Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
12 The Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA
13 Brick By Brick San Diego, CA
14 Saint Rocke Hermosa Beach, CA
17 Soiled Dove Denver, CO
20 Arcada Theatre St. Charles, IL
21 The Magic Bag Ferndale, MI
24 Studio @ Hamilton Place Hamilton, ON CANADA
25 Empire Theatre Belleville, ON CANADA
26 Gesu Theatre Montreal, QC CANADA
27 Le Cabaret du Capitole Quebec City, QC CANADA
28 Toronto, ON CANADA Venue To Be Announced
30 Tue BB King Blues Club New York, NY
1 Sellersville Theatre 1894 Sellersville, PA
2 Rex Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
3 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA
4 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry, NH
5 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River, MA
7 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, MD
8 The Howard Theatre Washington DC
9 Bull Run Concert Series Shirley, MA
10 Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center Old Saybrook, CT
11 YMCA Boulton Center Bay Shore, NY
MORE TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
3 - Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Ctr (YESFEST, with YES, RENNAISANCE and MUSICAL BOX)