Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed on this day in 1977 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
This was the second concert on ELP’s Works Tour, undertaken to support the albums of the same name. While the group had begun two days prior in the Midwest, they traveled back to New York City for this show. One of the issues which had affected the group early in the first leg of the Works tour, while they had traveled with a full orchestra and the required road crew, their mobility had been severely limited. Now that they were back down to being a three-piece, they enjoyed a greater ease of travel.
This show was actually a special celebration of WNEW-FM radio’s tenth anniversary. ELP had enjoyed a warm relationship with WNEW DJs throughout their history, making their appearance at this show extra-special.
This concert was recorded and is in circulation online. It is the first concert from the second leg of the Works Tour known to have been recorded as of this writing.
This concert would be the last time ELP proper performed at Madison Square Garden. While both of their spinoff bands, ELPowell and 3, performed here during their respective tours, ELP themselves did not ever get a chance to after reuniting in the 90s. I talk more about this legendary venue here.