On This Day (January 13)…ELP in Edmonton

Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Canada on this day in 1993. It was their first date on tour in that year.

Poster promoting the concert. Retrieved from here

ELP were at the time experiencing a major renaissance. They had reunited the previous year to make Black Moon, their first album since 1978’s Love Beach, and then set out on tour. Despite the many years the group had spent apart, this frenetic period proved once again that the trio had lost none of the drive and work ethic that had made them so great in the first place.

From the Black Moon tour program. Retrieved from here.

There is no setlist at setlist.fm, but it was probably similar to other concerts they did on the Black Moon tour: several numbers from their newest album, including the title track, and the greatest hits from their previous years.

Concert ticket for the night. Retrieved from here.

There is no known recording of this concert.

The venue at which the group performed, The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, was built in 1957 adjacent to the University of Alberta to celebrate the province’s fiftieth year. The live album Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra was recorded here on November 18, 1971. It has a twin venue in Calgary, the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. ELP actually ended up performing there the night after they performed here. It seats 2,515 people at its maximum configuration (source).

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The auditorium in 2009. Retrieved from here.

The venue was renovated in 2004, and reopened the following year (source). A sadly-dead link from Wikipedia states that in 2010, it was the busiest theater in Canada according to Pollstar. It is still going as of this writing, with consistent programming that can be found on its site.

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