On This Day (August 30)…3 Bands Part Ways

Dream Theater, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Deep Purple performed on this day in 1998 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California.

Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here.

This concert came at the end of the bands’ triple tour, which had begun earlier in August on the East Coast. ELP performed a final solo show the next night. The other two bands, however, were done as of this show.

As usual, reviews for the concert were strong overall. While Ian Gillan had reportedly struggled with his voice earlier in the tour, several reviewers noted he seemed much better by this point.

Dream Theater’s, ELP’s, and Deep Purple’s portions of the concert were all recorded and are in circulation online. This is only one of two concerts from this month where Dream Theater were recorded, the other being their sole known solo show from the month. This is the only night for which audio is extant for all three bands.


Dream Theater, who had been touring in support of their album Falling into Infinity, played one last show on the tour at the end of September, as well as a few concerts in December. Overall, however, they had finished with their heavy touring work for the year with this concert.

Deep Purple, who were touring in support of their recently-released album Abandon, would continue on the road fairly heavily for the rest of the year.

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