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Emerson, Lake & Palmer Legend Greg Lake – RIP – December 7, 2016

Emerson, Lake & Palmer Legend Greg Lake – RIP – December 7, 2016

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London, UK – Legendary Greg Lake sadly passed away on Wed. Dec. 7th. As a founding member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake has been a major force in music for over 40 years. He has long been considered a legendary voice and musical powerhouse whose impact changed the landscape of rock and roll. Many simply refer to him as “The Voice”.

Greg was just finishing his autobiography titled “Lucky Man”, which is scheduled for release in 2017.

Says his long time manger and friend Stewart Young, “Yesterday, December 7th, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer. Greg Lake will stay in my heart forever, as he has always been. Despite his illness which he knew to be terminal he always took the view about his life, career and family that he was indeed a lucky man… His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief. Many thanks.”

Website: http://www.greglake.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/greg.lake.14

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com


A Statement From Greg Lake About Keith Emerson

A Statement From Greg Lake About Keith Emerson

To all ELP friends and fans all over the world, I would like to express my deep sadness upon hearing this tragic news. As you know Keith and I spent many of the best years of our lives together and to witness his life coming to an end in the way that it has is painful, both to myself and to all who knew him.

As sad and tragic as Keith’s death is, I would not want this to be the lasting memory people take away with them. What I will always remember about Keith Emerson was his remarkable talent as a musician and composer and his gift and passion to entertain. Music was his life and despite some of the difficulties he encountered I am sure that the music he created will live on forever.

My deepest condolences go to Keith’s family.

May he now be at peace.

Greg Lake
London – March 12, 2016


Greg Lake Re-releases His Two Solo Albums “Greg Lake” & “Manoeuvres” on Double Disc Set, a Week After Receiving an Honourary Degree!

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For Immediate Release

Greg Lake Re-releases His Two Solo Albums “Greg Lake” & “Manoeuvres” on Double Disc Set, a Week After Receiving an Honourary Degree!

London, UK – Greg Lake is the co-founder of KING CRIMSON and EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER (ELP), and wrote the hit “LUCKY MAN” and co-wrote “I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS”.

This 2-CD set collects together both of Lake’s two solo albums, his first self-titled album (1981) and his second album “Manoeuvres” (1983). The set includes FOUR BONUS TRACKS which have never been included on any re-issue of the albums, only on separate rarities albums.

The first album and its three bonus tracks feature all of the members of TOTO with the exception of Bobby Kimball as Lake handles all lead vocals. Both albums also feature appearances GARY MOORE on guitar.

Both CDs have received a 2015 REMASTER which has the personal approval of GREG LAKE. The booklet includes extensive liner notes. This is a great and easy way to buy both of Greg Lake’s studio albums and all the rarities connected to these albums in one place.

Track Listing:

DISC ONE: GREG LAKE
1. NUCLEAR ATTACK
2. LOVE YOU TOO MUCH
3. IT HURTS
4. BLACK AND BLUE
5. RETRIBUTION DRIVE
6. LONG GOODBYE
7. THE LIE
8. SOMEONE
9. LET ME LOVE YOU ONCE
10. FOR THOSE WHO DARE

BONUS TRACKS
11. YOU REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME
12. YOU’RE GOOD WITH YOUR LOVE
13. COLD SIDE OF A WOMAN

DISC TWO: MANOEUVRES
1. MANOEUVRES
2. TOO YOUNG TO LOVE
3. PARALYSED
4. A WOMAN LIKE YOU
5. I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOUR LOVE TONIGHT
6. IT’S YOU, YOU GOTTA BELIEVE
7. FAMOUS LAST WORDS
8. SLAVE TO LOVE
9. HAUNTED
10. I DON’T KNOW WHY I STILL LOVE YOU
BONUS TRACK
11. HOLD ME

To purchase “Greg Lake” & “Manoeuvres” on 2-CD Set: Amazon CD: http://geni.us/2o0W

In other news, on January 9th Greg received an honourary degree from the Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, Italy! This was the very first honourary degree for music the prestigious university has ever awarded!

Greg Lake’s official website: http://www.greglake.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Greg-Lake-118368008204116/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Unreleased Greg Lake & Geoff Downes Album “Ride The Tiger” Released – OUT NOW!

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For Immediate Release

Unreleased Greg Lake & Geoff Downes Album “Ride The Tiger” Released – OUT NOW!

London, UK- Much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, an unreleased album by legendary GREG LAKE & GEOFF DOWNES titled “RIDE THE TIGER” has finally seen the light of day! Greg Lake is the co-founder of KING CRIMSON and EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER (ELP), and wrote the hit “LUCKY MAN” and co-wrote “I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS”. Geoff Downes is the keyboardist in THE BUGGLES, ASIA and YES, and co-wrote the hits “VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR” and “HEAT OF THE MOMENT”.

“Ride the Tiger” contains six songs which the duo wrote together – one went on to became an ASIA song and two became ELP songs. Four of these tracks had been released on compilations before, but this is the FIRST TIME they have been collected together with TWO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED tracks PLUS one alternate mix.

“To be honest I thought that these recordings had simply disappeared off the radar until one of my management team, Daniel Earnshaw, reminded me of their existence. My initial reaction was not entirely positive as I generally view many of these re-releases to be a bit tiresome, however, upon hearing these recordings again I immediately identified their value, both in terms of song writing and of musicianship and production. Geoff, of course, is a masterful musician with an instinctive ability to maximise the potential of any song both as a player and as an arranger. His contribution to these recordings is clear for all to see and for me it was a real pleasure to reflect upon our friendship together both personally and as musicians.” – Greg Lake

“One of the privileges of my career has been the opportunity to embrace a number of bespoke projects with some of the world’s greatest musicians. Greg Lake, of course was at the forefront of the progressive revolution, lead vocalist and bassist with both King Crimson and ELP, bands which literally changed the world, pushing boundaries of excellence and creativity, creating a brand new musical genre from London which would soon captivate the planet. This collection of songs represents a particularly creative period in my life. I’m delighted that Greg and I have rekindled our friendship, and worked together again in order to share this collection with you.” – Geoff Downes

Track Listing:

1. MONEY TALKS
2. LOVE UNDER FIRE
3. AFFAIRS OF THE HEART
4. STREET WARS
5. CHECK IT OUT
6. BLUE LIGHT
7. LOVE UNDER FIRE (ALTERNATE MIX)

To order:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/1UEo
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/34nB
Cherry Red: http://shop.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=5241

Greg Lake’s official website: http://www.greglake.com ;

Geoff Downes official website: http://www.geoffdownes.com ;

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Greg Lake’s Legendary 1981 Performance At the Hammersmith Odeon In London To Be Issued On CD & Vinyl

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For Immediate Release

Greg Lake’s Legendary 1981 Performance At the Hammersmith Odeon In London To Be Issued On CD & Vinyl

Los Angeles – Purple Pyramid Records will be releasing legendary Greg Lake’s live album from the Hammersmith Odeon in London, November 5, 1981, featuring guitar hero Gary Moore on CD & vinyl! The concert recording features ELP and King Crimson classic tracks such as “Lucky Man”, “Karn Evil 9”, “21st Century Schizoid Man” and “In The Court of The Crimson King”, as well as songs from his critically acclaimed first solo album from 1981. As a founding member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake has been a major force in music for over 40 years. He has long been considered a legendary voice and musical powerhouse whose impact changed the landscape of rock and roll. Many simply refer to him as “The Voice”.

The Greg Lake Band made its live debut on one of the biggest stages available to it, the annual Reading Festival in England in August 1981. Much of the set was new to the audience – Greg’s first solo album would not be released for another month. But the band received a wild reception regardless, and there were enough old favorites on display to ensure the fans remained happy…including the show opener “Fanfare for the Common Man,” truly one of the most effective showstoppers ever to have opened a concert.

The band’s full tour kicked off in October. Purposefully, Lake demanded smaller venues, the theaters and universities that truly represented a refreshing change from the monster domes he’d visited the last time he hit the road in 1977 with ELP. The string of shows launched in Wales, at Aberystwyth University, then moved onto Cardiff University, Dunstable Queensway Hall, Norwich University, Liverpool Royal Court Theatre, Newcastle Mayfair, Glasgow University, Edinburgh Playhouse, Sheffield Lyceum, University of Kent Canterbury, Birmingham Odeon, Leicester Polytechnic, Bournemouth Winter Gardens, Exeter University, St Austell Cornwall Coliseum, Crawley Leisure Centre and, finally, London’s Hammersmith Odeon.

It was not an extravagant performance – no lasers, no levitating keyboards, no priceless Persian carpets. The myths and legends that surrounded ELP when they toured were all firmly locked away. The Greg Lake Band toured like a band, and on stage they simply took up their positions and played. Brilliantly.

That last date on the tour is where this disc was recorded, in front of 2,000 fans who now had every note of Greg’s new album memorized, and the rest of the set firmly entrenched in their DNA: the snatch of “Karn Evil 9” that eased out of the opening “Fanfare”; “Love You Too Much,” the song Lake co-wrote with Dylan in what remains another of the tantalizing collaborations of the age; “Retribution Drive” and “The Lie” from Greg Lake. “21st Century Schizoid Man” and “The Court Of The Crimson King,” from Lake’s stint with King Crimson, wrapped up the evening in positively rhapsodic fashion, and, finally, “C’est La Vie,” from ELP’s Works. (The version of this track included on the CD is taken from a show in New York City 1981)

“A single night at the tail end of a single tour, alive with promise, bristling with presence. And welcoming back some new friends, too” – Dave Thompson, writer

Tracks:
Medley: Fanfare For The Common Man / Karn Evil 9
Nuclear Attack
The Lie
Retribution Drive
Lucky Man
Parisienne Walkways
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Love You Too Much
21st Century Schizoid Man
In The Court Of The Crimson King
Bonus Track: C’est La Vie (Live in NYC 1981)

To purchase:
Pre-order the CD: http://flyt.it/GregLakeCD
Pre-order the Vinyl: http://flyt.it/GregLakeLP
Pre-order the digital: http://flyt.it/GregLakedig

Greg Lake’s official website: http://www.greglake.com

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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Keith Emerson and Greg Lake To Release ‘Live From Manticore Hall’ CD July 14, 2014

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For Immediate Release

Keith Emerson and Greg Lake To Release ‘Live From Manticore Hall’ CD July 14, 2014

London, UK – Welcome to Manticore Hall! Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, two of the founding members of prog legends Emerson Lake & Palmer, will be releasing their highly anticipated new CD ‘Live From Manticore Hall’ on July 14, 2014 on Manticore Records, via Cherry Red. The duo’s forthcoming live album captures their unique two-man versions of a selection of well known material from ELP’s celebrated catalog, including the hit “Lucky Man”. These recordings were taken from a live show during their 2010 world tour and presented here for the first time!

“ ‘Live At Manticore Hall’ is an introspective revisit to some of the music of ELP. I think Greg and I gave it a personal touch with our Q&A sessions midway through the show. It was a delicate transformation that we present now.” – Keith Emerson

“I think this album offers a very interesting perspective upon how Keith and I work and create together.” – Greg Lake

Track Listing:

1. FROM THE BEGINNING
2. INTRODUCTION
3. I TALK TO THE WIND
4. BITCHES CRYSTAL
5. THE BARBARIAN
6. TAKE A PEBBLE
7. TARKUS
8. C’EST LE VIE
9. PIRATES
10. MOOG SOLO / LUCKY MAN

To purchase Keith Emerson & Greg Lake’s ‘Live From Manticore Hall’ CD: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4712
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/live-from-manticore-hall-feat./id896232731

Keith Emerson official website: http://www.keithemerson.com/
Greg Lake official website: http://greglake.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, Billy James, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com
Keith Emerson and Greg Lake interview requests please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR


Songfacts Interview with Greg Lake

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At their most immodest, Emerson, Lake & Palmer toured with 11 trailers (one just for backup gear), an orchestra, and 63 roadies, including one tasked with sweeping Greg Lake’s Persian rug in a pre-show routine that primed the crowd for the grandiloquence to come. (The rug served both form and function, as it reduced the risk of electrocution).

These days, Greg’s performances are far more intimate. His songs are served not with spectacle, but with stories. One such performance is captured on his album Songs of a Lifetime, where Greg tells his tales – his first guitar, seeing Elvis in concert, finding inspiration in France – between selections from his monumental discography, which includes not just ELP material, but also songs from his days in King Crimson. A founder of the band, he sang, played bass and wrote songs for their debut album, the seminal In the Court of the Crimson King. It was at a Fillmore West King Crimson gig in 1969 when Greg met Keith Emerson, whose band, The Nice, was on the bill.

Greg is in the enviable position of cherry-picking from decades of songs he composed that speak to what he calls “universal truth.” “Lucky Man,” “From The Beginning” and “21St Century Schizoid Man” might not mean to you what Greg had in mind when he wrote them, but they certainly mean something, and likely fit somewhere on your personal timeline.

As Greg is loath to interpret his own songs, the focus of this interview is their creation, and how music can generate a powerful bonding experience under the right circumstances (think Woodstock). We also learned about Greg’s strangest stage moment – the one even more memorable than ELP’s stage cannons, flying pianos and robot armadillo.

For the interview, please visit the Songfacts website!


Icon Fetch Interview with Greg Lake

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Greg Lake is one of the most recognized voices in all of rock. His vocals have adorned such classic rock staples as “Court of the Crimson King,” “Lucky Man,” “Still You Turn Me On,” and “From the Beginning.” Lake’s latest project is called “Songs of a Lifetime,” a document of his recent interactive tour where he played some of his most famous songs and told the stories behind their creation. Icon Fetch talks with the former King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer vocalist & multi-instrumentalist about the intimate, interactive shows that he’s done, the process of writing his autobiography, and the idea of “shared music” that has gone by the wayside in the iPod era. He also tells us the great story behind “Lucky Man.”

For the audio interview, please visit the Icon Fetch website!


Ultimate Classic Rock Interview with Greg Lake

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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.

Oh, cool.

[Laughs]. I don’t know if that’s the right word! [Laughs]. But it should be funny.

For the rest of the interview, please visit UltimateClassicRock.com!


Rock Guitar Daily Interview with Greg Lake

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Greg Lake – The Rock Guitar Daily Interview
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“Songs of a Lifetime is a celebration of the age of shared music. That’s what it is. I spent a long time preparing the show, I recorded all the music from scratch to build the show into what it is. I was determined that it should not be one of those, ‘legend in his own lunchtimes,’ sitting on a stool boring everyone rigid. I wanted it to be entertaining, and I wanted it to be emotional.” ~ Greg Lake

Well, he certainly made it that – if you’ve not yet seen, or heard Songs of a Lifetime, it is a tremendously well done overview of the musical journey of Greg Lake. He covers his life from an early adoration of Elvis and The Beatles to the high flying private jet days of ELP to what he considers the necessity of reconnecting with his fans in a return to the ‘shared music’ experience, and he’s done it in an extremely entertaining and emotional package.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from my time with Greg, but whatever I hoped for was greatly exceeded by the man’s generous and charming demeanor. We managed to keep the ball afloat for over an hour, and ended with an agreement to get together soon for more talk, and a glass of wine – this conversation definitely primed my desire to read his soon to be published autobiography, which he expects will be out by summer’s end. What you’ll find here is that Greg Lake is a great storyteller.

Our conversation, unfortunately, started with my informing Greg of the passing of guitar legend Alvin Lee. I asked Greg if he had yet heard the news:

Greg Lake: “No idea, no….no I didn’t. Good lord. Very sad, very sad. Thank you for letting me know – I wasn’t close to him as a friend, but obviously he was there as I was growing up, and a big part of the rock scene in England during my formative years.
“It just makes you realize that we have to be grateful for every day we’ve got. Because you never know. I suppose everybody, when you get older, you start to value your time more. When you’re a young man, you just don’t think about it, do ya?”

For the rest of the interview, please visit the Rock Guitar Daily website!