GREG LAKE ON ‘SONGS OF A LIFETIME,’ THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND WHY ELP WILL NOT REUNITE
by Sterling Whitaker April 6, 2013 11:10 AM
Greg Lake scarcely needs a big introduction to classic rock fans. A founding member of not one, but two of the most influential progressive rock bands of all time — King Crimson and ELP — the British singer-songwriter has fused his acoustic folk roots with an adventurous musical approach that has resulted in classics like ‘21st Century Schizoid Man,’ ‘In the Court of the Crimson King,’ ‘Lucky Man,’ ‘From the Beginning‘ and more.
Lake recently released ‘Songs of a Lifetime,’ which documents a tour of that name that saw the musician encapsulate his entire storied career on stage in a one-man show, performing the songs that have made his legacy, but interspersed with stories and personal glimpses.
Ultimate Classic Rock caught up with Lake to talk about that project, as well as his upcoming autobiography ‘Lucky Man,’ the legacy of progressive rock, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and why ELP will not reunite. Far from the pretentious image many critics have projected onto him, Lake was good-natured and funny, speaking eloquently and with great wit about his long career. When he called for the interview, the caller ID brought up a number in Florida, leading into an unusual, but humorous segue.
What are you doing in Florida?
Believe it or not, I’m just getting ready to go on a cruise ship. We’re gonna play five days in the Caribbean with the Moody Blues.
[Laughs]. I don’t know if that’s the right word! [Laughs]. But it should be funny.