On This Day (February 2)…Works At Maple Leaf Gardens

Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed on this day in 1978 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada.

Ticket stub. Retrieved from here.

ELP were at the time on their Works Tour; it was the second date of the second month of the second leg! While they had begun in Canada, they had dipped south of the border on January 19th into Columbus, and had been in the US since.

At this period in time, they were spending a great deal of high-profile time in Canada, including filming their famous music video for “Fanfare For the Common Man” in Montreal the previous spring. They also had recorded their third live album, “In Concert”, in Montreal the previous summer.

The setlist, typical of this tour, featured songs from across their career up to this point. While they favored their most recent works, they also found time in the setlist for such lengthy songs as “Tarkus” and their abridged version of “Pictures at an Exhibition”. Appropriate for the venue, their take on “Maple Leaf Rag” was included as well! (source).

The concert is known to have been recorded and has not been officially released.

I talk more about the venue at which the group performed, Maple Leaf Gardens, here.

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