Thursday, April 29, 2010
Keith Emerson and Greg Lake you may have heard of from Emerson, Lake and (Carl) Palmer (or ELP). The two are on tour together in the US heading for a UK reunion with Palmer in July. But on this tour, so far they've cancelled concerts 6 times (including the show in Colorado Springs at the Pikes Peak Center where I took this photo last night).
Official cause: Lake got sick (possibly due to altitude) and a doctor was called in onsite. The unofficial bitter rumor-mongering excuse which makes for better press (but we'll give the guys the benefit of the doubt that this rumor isn't true) : they saw the 2000-seat hall was half-full and one or both of them walked out. I'll take the high road and assume the altitude legitimately got to Lake. The 6,000 feet+ altitude has been known to affect people passing through.
Taking to people after the cancellation I met (more than a few) people who had travelled thousands of miles to see the show, and one guy who had tried to see them in Virginia where the show had been cancelled also. (Don't get on a plane with that guy!)
Lamented one aging fan - "I'm sorry I didn't get to see them tonight cause who knows how much longer any of us are going to be around? We're not getting any younger."