Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy to play Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, October 8th

Carl Palmer to Perform Last U.S. Date of 2017 in Ridgefield, CT on 10/8 Carl Palmer will perform the last American date of his 2017 tour at the beautiful Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT on Sunday, October 8th. Story, photos, and video by Kelly D

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It is a widely-accepted opinion in the prog rock world (and beyond!) that Carl Palmer is one of the best drummers out there. At age 67, Palmer puts most whippersnappers decades younger than him to shame with his bombastic style. He will bring all his power and dynamics to the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT this Sunday, October 8th.

Carl Palmer emoting at the last time he played Ridgefield, CT – 06.15.16

It seems Palmer has been traveling almost ceaselessly since the beginning of the year on his ELP Legacy Tour. He is best known for his work in the legendary prog rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, of whom he is sadly the last remaining member- Keith Emerson and Greg Lake passed away in March and December 2016, respectively. As if the loss of both of Palmer’s bandmates in less than a year wasn’t enough, John Wetton- the bassist and vocalist in Palmer’s supergroup Asia- also succumbed to cancer in January 2017. Palmer has been soldiering on, however, in good health and spirits to properly commemorate his friends and coworkers. He now performs with guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist/Chapman Stick-ist Simon Fitzpatrick who make up for what they lack in age with sheer talent.

Read my review of their all-too-brief show on YEStival Tour at Foxwoods Casino this past August HERE.

I have been fortunate enough to see Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy thrice- twice in this past year and once in 2016- on my 28th birthday (June 15th) and at the Ridgefield Playhouse, to boot! With the sonic fury that comes from the stage it’s fairly baffling to realize there are only three men performing. The setlist is a combination of ELP songs- both the original songs and the classical compositions on which the trio put their own proggy spin- and some surprises. Let’s just say the world of progressive rock is small and Palmer borrows a song or two to memorialize his prolific fallen bandmate, Greg Lake.

Read my review of their show at the Bull Run in Shirley, MA this past May HERE.

Paul Bielatowicz, Carl Palmer, and Simon Fitzpatrick this past August at YEStival

Did I mention not only is Carl Palmer a kickass musician, but he’s also a lovely chap? He offers meet and greet/ticket packages to fans. Fans can upgrade their seat purchases to include a meet and greet with Carl, Paul, and Simon and listen to their soundcheck and get their photo taken with them! I took advantage of this offer on my birthday last year and the guys couldn’t

Yours truly and Carl Palmer last year at the Ridgefield Playhouse, with my unfinished birthday sign

have been more lovely. I had them sign my hastily-made sign declaring it was my birthday at the end of the show autograph line, too. There is simply no ego or typical “rock star” attitude to be seen and for that I love this group even more.   Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy plays their last American date at the Ridgefield Playhouse this upcoming Sunday, October 8th, before they head off to Canada and then overseas to Palmer’s motherland England and beyond. The Playhouse, located in the quaint town of Ridgefield, CT, has been a fixture in the New England concert and fine arts scene since its opening in 2000. Not only will Carl Palmer grace its stage this weekend, but acts as diverse and impressive as Vanessa Williams, the Martin Sexton Trio, Garrison Keillor, and a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will also happen later this year. All in all, if you’re a fan of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and are in the area of Connecticut on October 8th, the Ridgefield Playhouse is the place to be. Carl Palmer and his bandmates Paul and Simon put on a show that shouldn’t be missed by any self-respecting lover of progressive rock. I can say with utmost confidence you will thoroughly enjoy yourself.

RSVP to Carl Palmer’s last American tour stop of 2017 in Ridgefield, CT HERE. Buy tickets to Carl Palmer’s show at Ridgefield Playhouse (with MEET AND GREET upgrades available!) . Carl Palmer’s Remaining ELP Legacy Tour Dates:

06 Oct  New York, NYSchimmel Center @ Pace UniversityBuy Tickets Here
07 Oct  Staten Island, NYSt. George TheatreBuy Tickets Here
08 Oct  Ridgefield, CTRidgefield PlayhouseBuy Tickets Here
10 Oct  Brampton, ON (Canada)Rose TheatreBuy Tickets Here
11 Oct  Oakville, ON (Canada)Oakville Centre for the Performing ArtsBuy Tickets Here
12 Oct  St. Catharines, ON (Canada)FirstOntario Performing Arts CentreBuy Tickets Here
13 Oct  Markham, ON (Canada)Flato Markham TheatreBuy Tickets Here
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy – 2017 United Kingdom Tour
17 Nov  St. Helens, EnglandThe CitadelBuy Tickets Here
18 Nov  Camp HRH, North WalesHRH Prog FestivalBuy Tickets Here
19 Nov  Milton Keynes, EnglandThe StablesBuy Tickets Here
23 Nov  Kinross, ScotlandThe Green HotelBuy Tickets Here
24 Nov  Glasgow, ScotlandAudioBuy Tickets Here
25 Nov  Howden, EnglandShire HallBuy Tickets Here
27 Nov  Gatehead, EnglandThe SageBuy Tickets Here
28 Nov  New Brighton, EnglandFloral HallBuy Tickets Here
29 Nov  Wimborne, EnglandWimborne Tivoli TheaterBuy Tickets Here
30 Nov  Southampton, England1865 ClubBuy Tickets Here
01 Dec  Fletching, EnglandTrading BoundariesBuy Tickets Here
02 Dec  Fletching, EnglandTrading BoundariesBuy Tickets Here
03 Dec  Norwich, EnglandEpic StudiosBuy Tickets Here

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