On This Day (May 31)…Works Come To Detroit

Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed on this day in 1977 at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

Ad for the show. Retrieved from here.

ELP’s Works Tour was officially underway, with this being the sixth date on the tour. They were touring in support of their most recently-released album, Works, Volume 1, which had already been certified gold by the RIAA (500,000 copies sold). The band was traveling with an orchestra and a choir, giving the listening public a truly unique experience even for an ELP tour.

Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here.

As well as performing music from the new album, ELP included numbers from every preceding album except Tarkus. Each side of the four-sided album, the first three of which featured one member of the group plus orchestra (or in Carl Palmer’s case, a member of the Eagles) and the fourth which had the trio come together again, was represented in concert. Both of the works from the last side, “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Pirates”, showed up.

This is the first concert from this tour to have been recorded. It is in circulation online.

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