On This Day (February 9)…ELP at Nassau Coliseum

Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on this day in 1978.

Bootleg cover featuring ticket

ELP’s Works Tour took them to varied venues, ranging from large Colisea which could seat over 15,000 to colleges with less than 10,000 students enrolled. While they are now seen as a niche band, this variety of performance places suggests in fact that they had wide appeal. If anything, it puts them closer to earth than they had been for a long time, back when the Brain Salad Surgery Tour had redefined the meaning of “largescale tour.”

The setlist also was one of broad appeal, balancing the shorter songs off of the Works albums with the long epics they were known for earlier in the decade (source).

This concert is also interesting as it is as of this writing the last ELP concert of the 70s to be officially released as a live album. It was put out by Shout! Factory in 2011.

Album cover. Retrieved from here.

Some fans compare the album’s sound and general performance quality favorably to another performance which occurred around this time, In Concert. Some fault is found with the production, however (source). If you have this album, what do you think?

I talk more about the venue at which this concert was performed, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, here.

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