On This Day (April 5)…Three for the Show

3 performed on this day in 1988 at the Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here.

3 was the third permutation of two members of the original Emerson, Lake & Palmer to rise in the 1980s. For this round, Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer teamed up with singer Robert Berry to create a single album. They went on a short US tour to promote it, of which this was their first date.

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Keith Emerson, Carl Palmer and Robert Berry in a promotional image for Geffen Records. Retrieved from here.

Prior to this concert, the band spent two days rehearsing together at the Chance in preparation for the shows.

Setlists from other nights show that the band performed mostly their original work rather than play ELP works; they also performed a few instrumental songs by ELP. There is no setlist (or even entry) on setlist.fm to verify whether or not the group played anything different on early nights on the tour such as this one.

There is no known recording of this concert.

The band started their tour at the Chance, a venue in Poughkeepsie that was first built in 1912. It operated first as a vaudeville theater, then later also functioned as a silent movie theater.

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Theater exterior in 2008. Retrieved from here.

By 1945, the location was closed and used as a storage facility. However, in 1970, it was reopened by Larry Plover as Sal’s Last Chance Saloon. It has seen a steady flow of rock ‘n roll acts come through its doors since, playing to audiences that max out at 900. Besides the main theater, there is also a nightclub, a cafeteria, and a loft which seats just under 250. It still operates today with a website which can be found here.

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  • 2020-04-07: Added info supplied by Rolf Remlinger in comment; thank you!

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  1. They rehearsed there on April 3-4, and did two shows at the Chance April 5-6. Set list was songs from the 3 album and ELP instrumental classics, plus a couple cover tunes. Any of the live releases will give you a sense of the setlist.

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