High Voltage: ELP Talk About Their Return
ELP have revealed that they suffered a lot of injuries during their glory days.
Talking to the Mail Online, keyboard master Keith Emerson says: “I once fell off stage with a Hammond organ and became trapped. Our road crew just lifted this huge instrument back up and chucked it onstage. There were plenty of Spinal Tap moments”.
As the prog giants prepare to headline High Voltage on July 25, bassist/vocalist Greg Lake revealed that one night drummer Carl Palmer had his own painful slapstick moment, in Normal, Illinois: “At the end of every show, Carl used to leap over his kit and land at the front of the stage, Unfortunately, we also had a trap door. One night, we forgot to shut it, and Carl jumped over his kit and straight into the hole”.
The High Voltage show is the trio’s first for 12 years and, as Palmer points out, it’s a fitting way to mark the band’s 40th anniversary.
“It’s great to be playing again. High Voltage is also an important progressive rock festival, so it’s the right stage for us.”
All three members of ELP will guest on Danny Baker’s show on BBC Radio 5 Live tomorrow (Saturday, July 10). The programme runs from 9am to noon.
Find out more about High Voltage at www.highvoltagefestival.co.uk