Carl Palmer To The Max

You’ll have plenty of chances to see Carl Palmer this year.  One of rock’s most acclaimed drummers will pound out the beat on two different tours this year – Asia as well as with his ELP Legacy.

Photo: Lou Bilotti
Arcada Theatre, Saint Charles, Ill.

We begin with Asia if only because the progressive-rock supergroup has more dates on the books.

The first question anyone usually asks about an Asia tour is who is in the band this time?  After all, the group that began life with Palmer, vocalist/bassist John Wetton, guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes has gone through some changes over the years.  Although Asia’s founding members reunited in 2006, Howe left the group in early 2013 to focus on playing with Yes, solo projects and his trio.

Now fans can see three-quarters of the band’s original lineup with the only change being Sam Coulson replacing Howe.  Asia is touring in support of its latest CD – Gravitas.

Photo: Chris McKay /
Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, Ga.

“Performing on stage is where this band truly comes into its element,” Palmer said.  “Seeing the fans reacting to our music is what makes it all worthwhile. It is the fuel that drives this train we call Asia.”

Here are the Asia dates:

June 11 – Malvern, United Kingdom, Malvern Forum Theatre
June 12 – Holmfirth, United Kingdom, Picturedrome
June 17 – Nagoya, Japan, Zepp Nagoya
June 18 – Osaka, Japan, Sankei Hall
June 19 – Tokyo, Japan, Hibiya Kokaido
June 20 – Tokyo, Japan, Hibiya Kokaido
Sept. 11 – Norfolk, Conn., Infinity Hall
Sept. 12 – Shirley, Mass., Bull Run Restaurant
Sept. 13 – Verona, N.Y., Turning Stone Resort Casino
Sept. 14 – Hartford, Conn., Infinity Hall Hartford
Sept. 17 – York, Pa., Pullo Center At Penn State York
Sept. 18 – State College, Pa., State Theatre
Sept. 19 – Akron, N.Y. Concert Cove Amphitheater at Brauns Bar
Sept. 20 – New York, N.Y., B.B. King Blues Club
Sept. 22 – Warrendale, Pa., Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Sept. 24 – Newark, Ohio, Midland Theatre
Sept. 25 – Morristown, N.J., Mayo Performing Arts Center
Sept. 26 – New Hope, Pa., Havana New Hope PA
Sept. 27 – Englewood, N.J., Bergen Performing Arts Ctr.
Sept. 28 – Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
Sept. 30 – Annapolis, Md., Rams Head On Stage
Oct. 1 – Annapolis, Md., Rams Head On Stage
Oct. 3 – Atlanta, Ga., Variety Playhouse
Oct. 4 – Biloxi, Miss., Hard Rock Live Biloxi
Oct. 5 – Franklin, Tenn., Franklin Theatre
Oct. 7 – Milwaukee, Wis., Pabst Theater
Oct. 8 – Royal Oak, Mich., Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct. 9 – Saint Charles, Ill., Arcada Theatre
Oct. 11 – Dallas, Texas, Granada Theater
Oct. 13 – Tucson, Ariz., Fox Tucson Theatre
Oct. 14 – Phoenix, Ariz., Pressroom
Oct. 16 – Agoura Hills, Calif., Canyon Club
Oct. 17 – Las Vegas, Nev., Red Rock Casino Resort
Oct. 18 – Beverly Hills, Calif., Saban Theatre
Oct. 19 – San Juan Capistrano, Calif. The Coach House
Oct. 20 – Solana Beach, Calif., Belly Up Tavern
Oct. 28 – Gateshead, United Kingdom, Sage Gateshead
Oct. 29 – Manchester, United Kingdom, Royal Northern College Of Music
Oct. 30 – Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, Wulfrun Hall
Oct. 31 – Christchurch, United Kingdom, Regent Centre
Nov. 2 – London, United Kingdom, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 

Expect more dates to be announced.

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Sharp eyes will notice that Asia’s global outing does have some gaps.  During July, look for Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy to embark on its “Rhythm Of Light Tour,” featuring new arrangements of Emerson Lake & Palmer’s most beloved instrumentals.

While Palmer is touring in support of his 2011 tour DVD, Decade, the name of the adventure comes from his new Rhythm Of Light collection of fine art, which he worked on with Scene 4 Art Studios.

This year also saw the re-release of Palmer’s 2001 anthology, Do Ya Wanna Play, Carl?

Right now Palmer’s ELP Legacy only has July dates on the books but the drummer promises a more extensive tour in November.  Here are next month’s shows:

July 11 – New York, N.Y., Grand Ballroom
July 12 – Rochester, N.Y., Water Street Music Hall
July 13 – Akron, N.Y., Concert Cove Amphitheater at Brauns Bar
July 16 – Pennellville, N.Y.,  Monirae’s
July 17 – Aston, Pa., Sun Center Studios (Appearing with Procol Harum)

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