On This Day (June 4)…Works Come to Chicago

Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed on this day in 1977 at Soldiers Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer at Soldier's Field.
Photo of the band at Soldier’s Field. Retrieved from here.

The band were at this point on their Works Tour, supporting their recently-released and commercially successful album Works, Volume 1. They were currently on a northward trajectory traveling in the American Upper Midwest.

Memorabilia from the show. Retrieved from here.

It appears that this show was part of some sort of larger festival or at least set of performances, though I’ve yet to find a source more about this specific “Super Bowl of Rock”. They appeared here with Foghat and the J. Geils band, the second time they had done so on this tour. According to numbers available from the time, they were fairly financially successful. As they were currently on their most expensive tour ever, traveling with an enormous retinue which included a full orchestra and a chorus, they would need massive success to offset the massive costs. Sadly, not every concert they would undertake in this early phase of the tour was as successful as this one…

Retrieved from here.

There is no known recording of this particular concert.

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Edit on 2020-07-13: Added photo of the band.

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