On This Day (March 24)…Tarkus Comes to Sheffield

Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed on this day in 1971 at Sheffield City Hall in England.

Ticket from the show. Retrieved from here.

ELP performed this concert at a very fertile time in their album history. They had released their debut album four months prior. At this point, they had finished working on their second album, Tarkus; it was this album that they were touring in support of. It would be released in June of that year. Just two days after this concert, they recorded what would become their first and most well-known live album, Pictures at an Exhibition.

There is no recording of this concert known to exist.

I talk more about the venue at which the band performed, Sheffield City Hall, here. Incidentally, one of my favorite live concerts ELP ever performed and my favorite version of “Aquatarkus” from the Tarkus tour is from a recording taken at this venue. Hopefully a recording of this night exists as well; maybe it would prove similarly fantastic.

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