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  posted on 12/25/2007 at 02:10 PM
tryin to remember somethin,,,,,,,,,,,,bout 30 years ago or better they was doin a television show of some kind. keith emerson was strapped to his piano bench, the bench attached to the piano, dont remember the song but they lifted him piano & all up in the air & started spinnin him over & over. do ANYBODY remember this show, where it was & if it was just them or was they some other peoples on that show too????? any and all help is much preciated

 

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  posted on 12/25/2007 at 02:17 PM
Hi Reneed, Merry Christmas to you -- yes I recall that too, I think it might have been an In Concert showing or from Don Kirschner's Rock Concert TV show -- Keith did that several times back then, where he would strap himself into his piano seat & the piano would then levitate & go around in circles -- then he would stab it with a knife, IIRC -- saw them do this in 1974 when they played at the Cape Cod Colesium -- also have him doing this on video somewhere around & about as well

They probably did this on the California Jam show too maybe

 

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  posted on 12/25/2007 at 02:31 PM
Here Ya go Sweetie

Keith Emerson's Flying Piano
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSm5IQFaTZA

From ELP's California Jam performance

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  posted on 12/25/2007 at 03:54 PM
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Here Ya go Sweetie

Keith Emerson's Flying Piano
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSm5IQFaTZA

From ELP's California Jam performance

[Edited on 12/25/2007 by OldDirtRoad]

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  posted on 12/25/2007 at 04:04 PM
I don't remember the show, however I do remember reading about it in Circus
magazine.

IIRC Keith Emerson's piano had some sort of gyroscoping device installed in it.

 

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  posted on 12/25/2007 at 04:14 PM
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I don't remember the show, however I do remember reading about it in Circus
magazine.

IIRC Keith Emerson's piano had some sort of gyroscoping device installed in it.

yeah,,,,,,,,,,it aint spin like a top it turn over & over,,,,,,,,,he latched his feets under a bar like thingy,,,,,,,,,,,,,,it was way too cool..........

 

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  posted on 12/25/2007 at 04:18 PM
I remember that gimmick...what I liked best about that group was Greg's voice and his too-infrequent guitar playing..nothing fancy but tasteful.
 

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  posted on 12/25/2007 at 04:48 PM
They had a few gimmicks on that tour. It was the Brain Salad Surgery Tour and then basically the same tour to support
the Live Triple LP "Welcome Back my Friends..."

Emerson had the rotating upside down piano gag and the moog that sprouted wings and blew up.

Palmer had the drum riser that moved forward and then rotated during his solo.

No gags for Lake that I remember.


Much earlier before sequencers were invented Emerson would use daggers to hold down keys on
his Hammond. And he would tip and bang it to make a lot of noise.

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  posted on 12/25/2007 at 06:53 PM
"Pictures at an Exhibition" was one of the first albums I ever wore out...

 

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  posted on 12/25/2007 at 11:14 PM
Hi Reneed, Merry Christmas to you -- yes I recall that too, I think it might have been an In Concert showing or from Don Kirschner's Rock Concert TV show -- Keith did that several times back then, where he would strap himself into his piano seat & the piano would then levitate & go around in circles -- then he would stab it with a knife, IIRC -- saw them do this in 1974 when they played at the Cape Cod Colesium -- also have him doing this on video somewhere around & about as well


I remember the Rock Concert video and was also at the Cape Cod Coliseum show back in 1974...damn small world we live in...

 

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  posted on 12/26/2007 at 12:06 AM
not sure when keith started the "piano roll" so to speak but he started his stabbing of the keyboards way back when he was with the band the nice.


can you live on a knife-edge?


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  posted on 12/26/2007 at 07:49 AM
I remember seeing them Live at MSG during Christmas back during the BSS tour. They did that towards the end of the show while they played Silent Night. They had it snow in the Garden, as a curtain went up behind the band showing a whole chorus of kids in red gowns singing along. It was amazing...especially in the altered state of mind we were in.
Carl Parmer was one of the most electricfing drummers I have ever seen live.

 

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  posted on 12/26/2007 at 10:49 AM
Well, I saw it in Albuquerque back then. It was strange............. "Wow man"

 

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  posted on 12/26/2007 at 11:21 AM
I was lucky enough to see ELP twice at MSG back in their hey day in the 1970's. The most memorable being in 1977 when they toured with a full blown 65 piece Symphony Orchestra. It was absolutely mind blowing - they were the first band to ever try such a thing. I scored 20th row, dead center tickets for about $30.00. It was easily one of my most memorable live show experiences. ELP was Progressive Rock at its finest. Those were the days when the Garden was Rockin regularly with top notch shows...

Here is a clip from that 65 piece orchestra tour...enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjc-Tuw-ZJs

 

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  posted on 12/26/2007 at 12:15 PM
I have seen ELP a few times and all the shows Keith strapped his self to the piano bench while the big Grand was hoisted and started spinning. They played before the Allman Brothers at the August Jam in 1974 here in Charlotte. He did it then too. That may have been done on one of Kirshners Rock Concerts or In Concert. That would be my guess, maybe ought to search youtube for it too.



I will wake up in a little while............lol

[Edited on 12/26/2007 by rottinpeach]

 

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  posted on 12/26/2007 at 12:19 PM
ELP Practicing all alone in a huge stadium

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OLWgrr671g

 

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  posted on 12/26/2007 at 01:03 PM
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Well, I saw it in Albuquerque back then. It was strange............. "Wow man"
I saw it in St Pete also.It was a trip!
What I remember most was being VERY bummed when Lake did Lucky Man solo on the acoustic guitar.

 

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  posted on 12/26/2007 at 02:25 PM
Saw Keith Emerson open for Santana at a concert around 10 years ago and he cooked. And he was still a wild man with that piano - all over the stage and off.

 

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  posted on 12/26/2007 at 03:24 PM
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ELP Practicing all alone in a huge stadium

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OLWgrr671g


That is the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Emerson was best friend's with one of my buddy's father. Used to be at their place all the time. Got to hear him play in their living room a few times. Very cool.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2007 at 06:42 PM
I believe 4/6/74 Ontario Motor Speedway Cal Jam 1
 

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Emerson had the rotating upside down piano gag and the moog that sprouted wings and blew up.

Palmer had the drum riser that moved forward and then rotated during his solo.

No gags for Lake that I remember.



Greg Lake didn't need any gags. I saw one of ELP's last shows in '98, opening for Deep Purple in Denver. Keith Emerson was a great showman, but his antics didn't do anything for the music.

[Edited on 1/4/2008 by ElViejo]

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  posted on 1/4/2008 at 07:58 AM
I saw ELP back in 1974, too.

their music didn't really need any gimmicks, but their stage show was impressive. In addition to Keith's flying piano, there were projections on a large screen (by H.R. Gieger), and Carl's rotating drum kit.

The thing that I remember most about the show was that it was in quadraphonic sound. there were banks of speakers in all four corners of the auditorium. At the show's end, a sequence of notes started in one set of speakers and moved one by one to the next. This sequence sped up, and after a while you sensed that you were on some sort of merry go round. This rotation of sound made you feel like you were spinning.

During this rotating sound sequence, you could notice two large 'wings" (made of flash paper as it turns out) spreading out in front of Keith's keyboards. This rotation of sound grew faster and faster and the sequence climaxed with a large pyro-flash-explosioin.

This was the first "theatrical" rock show that I had ever seen. I was impressed accordingly.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2008 at 10:39 AM
EddieP, I saw the '77 show in Nashville, it's first stop of the tour. At that show, the orchestra and choir numbered over 100 peices. That held together for 2 shows and then the expense of moving that much stuff and people took over. I remember from an interview done for The Tennessean, that the band stated that they would have to sell out all the stops in order to break even. They didn't, and by the 3rd show, they had to start dropping personnel. The choir was the first casualty, then the orchestra got peogressively smaller. The full show was incredible, but they had so much weight hanging that they could not do the piano gag at the Municipal Auditorium (known locally as The Miserable Auditorium). They had acquired the JBL QuadSound system from the 76 Olympics and it was huge and heavy. They opened with Copeland's Fanfare For The Common Man and then headed in to their earlier catalogue. Lucky Man was mind-blowing as the orchestra and choir came in at the first chorus. Thanks for the trip in the way-back machine!
 

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  posted on 1/4/2008 at 01:21 PM
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"Pictures at an Exhibition" was one of the first albums I ever wore out...
I think I still have a copy of that...

[Edited on 1/4/2008 by BigDaveOnBass]

 

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  posted on 1/4/2008 at 02:31 PM
i would love to see this band get together one more time. i just dont think it will happen
 
 


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