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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!

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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!


Rolling Stone Interview with Greg Lake

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ELP frontman on his desire to reunite with King Crimson and getting sampled by Kanye West

By ANDY GREENE
March 5, 2013 1:00 PM ET

As a co-founder of King Crimson, Greg Lake is without a doubt one of the inventors of progressive rock. His voice powers classics like “In the Court of the Crimson King” and “21st Century Schizoid Man” (recently sampled by Kanye West on “Power”), and as the frontman of the Seventies prog supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer he wrote, sang and produced hits including “Lucky Man” and “From the Beginning.”

Despite these accomplishments, Lake has never gotten much critical acclaim. His key role in the development of King Crimson is often overlooked, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer are perhaps the least respected of the progressive rock giants – and that’s really saying something. Many of the original punk bands pointed to them as the main reason their revolution had to happen, mocking everything from their stage outfits to their massive light shows to their very name.

Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer don’t get along very well these days, and they’ve only managed a single concert in the past decade. Lake tours on his own, performing the one-man show Songs of a Lifetime. It features music from his days in King Crimson, ELP and his solo career. In a unique twist, he invites fans onstage to share their memories of the songs. He also has an autobiography coming out called Lucky Man.

We spoke to Greg Lake about the early days of King Crimson, the fall of ELP, his desire to reunite with both acts, getting sampled by Kanye West, and why he feels that punk isn’t real music.


For the full article and interview, please visit RollingStone.com.


Examiner.com Review of Greg Lake – Songs of a Lifetime

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Greg Lake releases new live CD, ‘Songs of a Lifetime’
BY: Dawn Lee Wakefield

One thing that music lovers and record collectors of music from the 1960s and 1970s have in common are stacks and stacks of favorite 33 LPs collected through the years, the vinyl well played and the liner notes well read. Doubtlessly those stacks include the works of Greg Lake from his former bands, King Crimson and the iconic Emerson Lake and Palmer. On Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, legendary singer/songwriter Greg Lake released his new live CD, “Songs of a Lifetime” for all Greg Lake fans to enjoy. Lake made his Texas Tour in Houston and Austin last summer, 2012. Audiences were then fortunate enough to hear live previews of the songs that are part of Lake’s new CD.

“Songs of a Lifetime” features live recordings from selected shows performed on his 2012 tour. Lake said, “This is not one of those boring shows sitting on a stool strumming folk songs, I purposely set out to make this show dynamic and entertaining with lots of drama and pathos, even some humour at times as well. Everyone feels part of the performance because we all bonded by the shared memories of our musical journeys together.”

The much-anticipated new CD is available from the United Kingdom via the Internet on the lable Esoteric Antenna, distributed through Cherry Red Records. Have you ever wanted to just sit down with one of your favorite artists and have a one-on-one discussion to learn more about them, their lives, and what drove them to pick music as a career?

Fortunately, Greg Lake fans can put this CD on and get the sense of being one-on-one with their favorite singer. Lake will soon be releasing his autobiography, “Lucky Man,” which is an audio narrative of Greg’s favorite memories and experiences throughout his career, from childhood to present day. Both a print edition and audio book read by Lake are expected by the end of 2013.

Not content to rest on his laurels, Greg Lake is on the road, and planning tours in the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, and South America. His new “Songs of a Lifetime” concert show puts the audience one-on-one with Lake in intimate settings that have a comfortable living-room feel. He’s funny, engaging, reflective, and in perfect voice after many years of perfecting his style, a songwriter’s songwriter, in fact.

So many Baby Boomer hits were those of Lake’s days with King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. So the concert CD, the biography is a natural next step. Lake said, “Behind these songs there were often stories to be told and it occurred to me that the same must be true for the audience as well. It was then that I thought of the idea of doing a series of very small intimate concerts where I could perform these songs and exchange stories with the audience, in a way reliving the time when the music we shared together really became part of our identity and in a way became the backdrop to our lives, a sort of tapestry I suppose.”

A montage of the new Greg Lake concert series is seen in the YouTube video that accompanies this story. On the CD you’ll hear “21st Century Schizoid Man,” “Tribute to the King” (Lake actually go to hear Elvis in concert and a version of “Heartbreak Hotel” is equally poignant), “Epitaph/The Court of the Crimson King,” “I Talk to the Wind,” “C’est La Vie,” “My Very First Guitar,” (a story that will bring tears to your eyes), and of course, “Lucky Man.”

Greg Lake’s new CD is a perfect salvo if you’re kicking yourself for missing his tour last year in person. Put “Songs of a Lifetime” in your CD player and make sure you don’t miss his 2013 live tour when he comes to Texas. Oh, and turn up the CD for the song-opener “21st Century Schizoid Man.” Wake the neighbors if you have to; like everything else Greg Lake does, it’s first rate, and best enjoyed by many.

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Legendary Singer/Songwriter Greg Lake To Release Highly Anticipated ‘Songs Of A Lifetime’ Live CD – February 25, 2013

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Legendary Singer/Songwriter Greg Lake To Release Highly Anticipated ‘Songs Of A Lifetime’ Live CD – February 25, 2013

London, UK – Hot on the heels of a successful solo tour of the US, UK and sold out tour of Italy, legendary singer/songwriter Greg Lake will be releasing a new live CD ‘Songs Of A Lifetime’ on Esoteric Antenna / Manticore Records on February 25, 2013. Capturing all the excitement of Greg Lake live in concert, ‘Songs Of A Lifetime’ documents Greg’s musical history, from his beginnings with King Crimson to super-stardom with ELP to his illustrious solo career, through stories and songs. Performing all his most popular songs including “21st Century Schizoid Man”, “From The Beginning”, “Still….You Turn Me On”, “Lend Your Love To Me Tonight”, “C’est la Vie” and “Karn Evil 9”, as well as homages to Elvis Presley and The Beatles and Curtis Mayfield, ‘Songs Of A Lifetime’ is a must have for Greg Lake fans and music fans everywhere!

Hailed as an “artistic triumph” and “the experience of a lifetime”, ‘Songs Of A Lifetime’ gives new insight into Greg Lake and his influences, while showcasing in concert the influence his writing and voice have had not only for rock and roll, but contemporary music of all types.

As a founding member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake has been a major force in music for over 40 years. In 2012 he embarked on a successful solo tour to perform ‘Songs Of A Lifetime’, a unique concert experience that was conceived whilst Greg was writing his autobiography. Greg explains, “From time to time during the writing of my autobiography, these songs would crop up that were in some way crucial or extremely important in the development of my career. These were not always songs that I had written myself, but sometimes songs that had been written and performed by other artists as well. I realized that what they actually represented was the journey that I had shared together with the audience over all these years. Behind these songs there were often stories to be told and it occurred to me that the same must be true for the audience as well. It was then that I thought of the idea of doing a series of very small intimate concerts where I could perform these songs and exchange stories with the audience, in a way reliving the time when the music we shared together really became part of our identity and in a way became the backdrop to our lives, a sort of tapestry I suppose.”

Greg Lake 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”. Visionary and creative, ‘Songs Of A Lifetime’ provides an evocative, emotional ride into the life and music of one of the world’s most popular songwriters in a unique format which relies on audience involvement as well as the artistry of the performer. Says Greg, “This is not one of those boring shows sitting on a stool strumming folk songs, I purposely set out to make this show dynamic and entertaining with lots of drama and pathos, even some humour at times as well. Everyone feels part of the performance because we all bonded by the shared memories of our musical journeys together.” The recordings on the ‘Songs Of A Lifetime’ CD were taken from a selection of shows performed on the 2012 tour.

The CD release coincides with the upcoming release of Greg Lake’s autobiography, ‘Lucky Man’, and was inspired by it, but the two are not the same. The autobiography is NOT an audio recording of the show, but a narrative of Lake’s experiences from childhood to the present, including never before revealed details, funny and poignant moments, and colourful facts of his amazing career as one of the world’s leading and influential musicians, songwriters, vocalists and poets. The autobiography will be released both as an audio book read by the author and the complete print edition is anticipated at the end of the year. In support of the release plans for tours in Japan, Europe, South America, USA and Canada are currently in the works and will be announced shortly.

Greg Lake ‘Songs Of A Lifetime’ CD can be purchased at http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=3999

Check out the following montage of the show:

For more information: http://www.greglake.com

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Legendary Vocalist Greg Lake Extends Songs of a Lifetime to UK and Europe Following Successful North American Tour

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Legendary Vocalist Greg Lake Extends Songs of a Lifetime to UK and Europe Following Successful North American Tour

Greg Lake, tours the UK and Europe in “Songs of a Lifetime”, a shared musical journey full of drama and laughter which critics hail as an “artistic triumph” and fans say is the “experience of a lifetime”

August 13, 2012 – Legendary singer and songwriter Greg Lake tours the UK and Europe in Songs of a Lifetime, a shared musical journey and performance experience, which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike in North America. The tour begins this November 2012 in the UK.

Hailed as an “artistic triumph” and “the experience of a lifetime”, Songs of a Lifetime gives new insight into Greg Lake and his influences, while showcasing the influence his writing and voice have had not only for rock and roll, but contemporary music of all types.

Greg Lake 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.” Visionary and creative, Songs of a Lifetime provides an evocative, emotional ride into the life and music of one of the world’s most popular songwriters in a unique format which relies on audience involvement as well as the artistry of the performer.

The tour gives theatre goers the opportunity to hear songs written by Lake and others from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, the Beatles, Curtis Mayfield, Elvis, and more reimagined and reinterpreted for the stage. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and share musical memories. The customized design allows for a different and personal experience for the audience and artist every night, featuring stories of Lake’s encounters with other musical greats who influenced him as well as shared memories created from what Greg calls “the shared journey” he has with the audience which allows the gift of music to “move from soul to soul and spirit to spirit.”

The show’s appeal has moved beyond fans of Greg Lake’s music, which helped fuel generations of rock and roll, to those who simply love music. Both those intimately familiar with Greg’s music and those who come to the show with roots in classical, blues, and succeeding generations of rock and roll find themselves enchanted and entranced.

“The concept of performing an intimate and autobiographical show presents a huge challenge,” Lake says. “The evolution of the experience is so invigorating it still gives me a thrill every time I think about it. The task is to develop an event that is memorable and unique, unexpected and impactful. I want to defy expectations and defy what people expect when they hear the words ‘one man show’. I am pleased to say that we have been successful in stepping up to that challenge to create an experiential show that is as much an event as it is a performance.”

“We create an intimate and unusual event together,” he adds. “However, at the end of the night the most important [thing] of all is that everyone feels entertained and enriched by the whole live experience.”

More surprises are ahead for fans and each show is both exciting and different. Lake has taken care to explode expectations of the ordinary to create something extraordinary.

“This is not a boring show, with me just strumming folk songs,” Greg promises. “It is a highly produced show with lots of drama and pathos,” he continues. “Everyone feels part of something indescribable, remarkable and enlightening, as well as having been entertained by shared memories of our musical journeys together.”

The UK and European legs of the tour follow a successful North American run, with rave reviews by audience members and critics alike.

“If you love music, you will love this show. I’ve never felt so much part of what is happening.”

“Greg Lake’s music is the music of my life. I can’t believe that I had the opportunity to speak with him, laugh with him, and to feel as if he and I were in his living room, good friends sharing good times.”

“Greg Lake is so humble and moving. He speaks with deep respect and humility of his idols in rock and roll, while the audience regards him as the iconic equals of those he honours.”

“It is an amazing show, not to be missed. I’ve seen it all and thought I heard it all, but if you love music, if you love rock and roll, you want to be part of this.”

The tour coincides with the upcoming release of Greg Lake’s autobiography, Lucky Man, and was inspired by it, but the two are not the same.

The autobiography is NOT an audio recording of the show, but a narrative of Lake’s experiences from childhood to the present, including never before revealed details, funny and poignant moments, and colorful facts of his amazing career as one of the world’s leading and influential musicians, songwriters, vocalists and poets. The autobiography will be released in three audio book volumes, read by the author. The first volume will be available at the show; the complete print edition is anticipated at the end of the year.

New editions of Greg Lake’s solo albums and DVDs are also expected to be made exclusively available to those fans in attendance.

Special VIP packages, which include sound check attendance, post-show interaction and photo opportunities, post-show receptions with the singer and signed merchandise, are available at http://www.greglake.com.

Greg Lake is managed by Stewart Young and the UK and European Dates are booked by World Concert Artists. corrado@worldconcertartists.org. More information can be found at http://www.greglake.com .

Check out the following montage of the show:

Greg Lake Songs of a Lifetime TOUR DATES – United Kingdom

November 12 & 13:

Pocklington Arts Centre, Pocklington, England
November 15:

The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
November 17:

Lomond Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland
November 18:

Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, England
November 19:

Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, England
November 20:

Philharmonic, Liverpool, England
November 22:

Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
November 23:

G Live, Guildford, England
November 24:

Guildhall, Southampton, England
November 25:,

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, England
More European dates are being added and will follow shortly.

UK press contact:
Billy James
Glass Onyon PR
glassonyonpr@gmail.com
PH: 828-350-8158

Global press contact:
Ellie Schwartz
ellieschwartz@aol.com
PH: 347.678.1760


Herald de Paris Interview with Greg Lake: “Greg Lake: What a Lucky Man He Is”

Greg Lake: What a Lucky Man He Is
BY HERALD DE PARIS CONTRIBUTOR’S BUREAU ON APRIL 23, 2012
By Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez & Benny Reitveld
HOLLYWOOD (Herald de Paris) – Gregory “Greg” Stuart Lake is best known as the vocalist and bassist of King Crimson and the bassist, guitarist, vocalist, and lyricist of Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
In January 2012 Lake announced a new interactive U.S. theater tour called “Songs of a Lifetime,” which began to rave reviews on April 15. He said he played songs and shared stories from his time with King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer and as a solo artist.
Greg Lake is considered a legendary voice and musical icon whose impact changed the landscape of rock and roll. The tour showcases Greg’s influence on music and those who influenced his music in an unusual, personal show consisting of songs, stories, and audience participation. The tour coincides with the pre-release of the artist’s autobiography, which will be made available first to those who attend the shows in audio book form and read by the author himself. The autobiography will be released in three parts, with the full print version available at the end of the year. Volume 1 will be available at the shows.
The tour gives fans the opportunity to hear songs from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, and others in a storyteller format with a question and answer session. The unique format allows for a different and personal show every night, featuring stories of Lake’s encounters with other musical greats who influenced him.
Greg said, “The concept of performing an intimate and autobiographical show presents a huge challenge. My experience of this format last tour (2010’s acclaimed collaboration with keyboard artist Keith Emerson) was so invigorating it still gives me a thrill every time I think about it. The audience and I have created an intimate and unusual experience together. However, at the end of the night the most important [thing] of all is that the audience always feels they have been entertained and enriched by the whole live experience.”
Greg Lake came to prominence as a founding member of King Crimson. He was a school friend of guitarist Robert Fripp, who invited Lake to join the new band and take on the tasks of lead singer and bass player. Lake was primarily a guitarist, but agreed to switch to bass at Fripp’s request. Lake had some involvement in writing the lyrics for King Crimson’s debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King. The album, released in 1969, made King Crimson far more successful than any of Fripp and Lake’s earlier projects, and became a key influence and landmark in the emerging progressive rock genre. Lake stayed with King Crimson for only about a year, leaving soon after their debut album to start the rock trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer. King Crimson had played a couple of venues along with The Nice, and Lake had struck up a friendship with their wunderkind organist and keyboardist, Keith Emerson. As a result, they teamed up and brought in the drummer from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster, Carl Palmer, thus forming the progressive rock ’supergroup’ ELP.
With ELP steadily becoming one of the highest-grossing live acts on earth, they released their most ambitious album yet in 1973,Brain Salad Surgery. ELP’s massive commercial success continued when they were the headline act (along with Deep Purple) at 1974’s California Jam, where they played live to an audience of some 180,000. In the midst of this unprecedented renowned and immense financial success, ELP went on a two-year hiatus. During the hiatus, Lake gained further popularity for his UK Christmas number-two-single, “I Believe in Father Christmas” (released in 1975).
After more than a decade, Emerson, Lake & Palmer reunited in the Summer of 2010 at the High Voltage Festival. As preparation for this show, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake toured North America in the Spring of 2010, presenting an intimate unplugged performance of King Crimson, ELP and The Nice selections featuring only Emerson and Lake performing.
Herald de Paris’ Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, along with Benny Reitveld of Santana, had an opportunity to pose a few questions to the legendary Lake about his life, his times and his legacy.
Do you read music? Or was it just Keith that was the “note” guy and the other two more “ear” oriented?
GL: I learned to read music when I was young but since then have done most of my work by ear.
Was playing bass with a pick a result of having played guitar first, or was it just the sound of it, or the fashion at the time?
GL: I think it was because I played guitar first and then moved to bass. At the time when I grew up, bass players often used steel tape wound strings finger style, however this did not provide any tone sustenance and the tone was extremely dull and not at all percussive. I changed to wire wound strings using a plectrum because it brought about all of these advantages simultaneously.
It seems like you and Chris Squire pioneered the use of round wound strings. Did you hear someone else use them first? How did you actually come to start using them?
GL: Chris and I actually lived together for a short while in London and we always joke together about who had the idea first. I do know that at the time I was absolutely frustrated playing tape wound strings. I can remember going into a music shop in Soho in London called Sound City and complaining about the problem. It was they who suggested using Rotosound strings.
What is your personal favorite ELP album?
GL: Well, if I have to pick one I would probably choose Trilogy. There are really three ‘best” ELP records. They are Tarkus, Trilogyand Brain Salad Surgery. These were the records that were innovative, inspired and completely original.
What was the first time you realized that you had made it in the music business; that you were, indeed, a “Rock Star?”
GL: I suppose it was when King Crimson became a headline act.
How did becoming rich and famous change your life or inform your work? Help or hindrance?
GL: I don’t think that it made a great deal of difference to the work. It obviously changed the way I lived to some extent but I would have always played music whether money was involved or not.
You are said to have a legendary voice. How do you feel about that? Who are your musical influences? Who did you listen to as you were coming up?
GL: I am obviously never able to look at myself in the same way that others view me; to me, my voice is just the voice I was born with. I suppose that over the years I have learned from the masters and developed a style of my own. These influences are extremely wide ranging and diverse, from Elvis to Joni Mitchell or from Dean Martin to Little Richard, there really are far too many to list.
Greatest personal success and failures of King Crimson?
GL: The greatest success was creating the album In The Court of the Crimson King and possibly the greatest failure was in breaking up to soon.
Greatest personal success and failures of ELP?
GL: The greatest success of ELP was probably creating such a big and original sound with only three people. The greatest failure was not to have continued to produce innovative albums.
What was the greatest performance experience of your life?
GL: This really is impossible to say. Firstly there were a number of incredible large scale events such as the concert with the Stones in Hyde Park, the Isle of Wight festival, The California Jam, The Olympic Stadium Montreal, Soldiers Field Chicago etc. The list just goes on and it is impossible to choose one above the others as they were all life changing in one way or another.
Tell us about your new show and its theatrical slant. It is very intimate. How did you get the idea and what is the ultimate expectation?
GL: I have just finished writing my autobiography, rather unsurprisingly called Lucky Man. During the writing I began to form a collection of songs that were in some way pivotal or highly influential to my career. I began to think about how these songs represented the journey that I had shared together with the audience that had followed the fortunes of King Crimson and ELP and came up with the title “Songs of a Lifetime.” The idea is to trace this journey together with the audience in real time with myself and the audience having a chance to tell various stories and accounts about what these particular songs meant to them.
The autobiography will be divided into three separate volumes. Volume One has just been released as an audio book and volumes two and three will follow on shortly. At the end of the year I will be releasing the hard cover book of all three volumes together.
What inspires you to write and perform music now? Are there things you still hope to accomplish in music?
GL: Music is an ongoing process which unfolds each and every day to reveal a new horizon. There are still many things I would like to accomplish before I am finished. I will be recording a new album during the summer for release early 2013.
What kind of an impact do you think your musical legacy will have when people look back on Crimson and ELP?
GL: I hope that when people look back that they can understand and appreciate the amount of care and dedication that went into making these records. They were not just simply attempts at achieving commercial success but were serious attempts to create enduring works of art. However, it is for others to judge whether we succeeded or failed.
There is a rock legend that before Jimi Hendrix died, he planned to work with you, and the band would be called HELP for Hendrix, Emerson Lake and Palmer. Any truth to that?
GL: When Keith and I formed ELP we interviewed Mitch Mitchell with a view to becoming the drummer for ELP. It was Mitch who suggested bring in Jimi. The press got hold of this story and started to speculate on HELP. In the end we chose Carl Palmer and a little while later Jimi tragically died so nothing more came of it.
Is there anybody you want to work with but never had the opportunity?
GL: It is not really something I think about. I suppose I am a bit of a fatalist where things like this are concerned. Just because I admire someone doesn’t necessarily mean that I have to play together with them.
What kinds of things are left on your bucket list? Things you would like to accomplish before it’s all over?
GL: I have no immediate plans to die, thank you. It was a pleasure AC, Benny, Many thanks.
Edited by Susan Aceves

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Greg Lake To Tour The United Kingdom In Songs Of A Lifetime

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Greg Lake To Tour The United Kingdom In Songs Of A Lifetime

An intimate, interactive and autobiographical show – Coincides with special pre-release of Autobiography

11/04/2012 – London, UK – Greg Lake, songwriter, poet, vocalist and founding member of Emerson Lake and Palmer and King Crimson, tours the United Kingdom in “Songs of a Lifetime,” an intimate, interactive and autobiographical show which will make its way through the UK this November 2012. The tour began in North America in the April and May, starting in Canada and moving across America to great acclaim. The great success of the tour has led to worldwide demand..

Greg Lake has long been considered a legendary voice and musical powerhouse whose impact changed the landscape of rock and roll. The tour showcases Greg’s influence on music and those who influenced his music in an unusual, personal show consisting of songs, stories, and audience participation. The tour coincides with the pre-release of the artist’s autobiography, which will be made available first to those who attend the shows in audio book form, read by the author himself. The autobiography will be released in three parts, with the full print version available at the end of the year. Volume 1 will be available at the shows.
The tour gives fans the opportunity to hear songs from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, and others in a storyteller format with a question and answer session. The unique format allows for a different and personal show every night, featuring stories of Lake’s encounters with other musical greats who influenced him.
“The concept of performing an intimate and autobiographical show presents a huge challenge,” Lake said. “My experience of this format last tour (2010’s acclaimed collaboration with keyboard artist Keith Emerson) was so invigorating it still gives me a thrill every time I think about it.
“The audience and I have created an intimate and unusual experience together,” he added. “However, at the end of the night the most important [thing] of all is that the audience always feels they have been entertained and enriched by the whole live experience.”
More surprises are ahead for fans and each show promises to be both exciting and different. “This is not a boring show, with me strumming folk songs,” Greg promises. “There is drama and pathos,” he continues. “I hope theatre goers will feel that they have been part of an unusual and enlightening experience, as well as having been entertained.”
The autobiography is NOT an audio recording of the show, but a narrative of Mr. Lake’s experiences from childhood to the present, including never before revealed details, funny and poignant moments, and colorful facts of his extraordinary career as one of the world’s leading and influential musicians, songwriters, vocalists and poets. The autobiography will be released in three audio book volumes, read by the author. The first volume will be available at the show; the complete print edition is anticipated at the end of the year.
New editions of Greg Lake’s solo albums and DVDs are also expected to be made exclusively available to those fans in attendance.
Lake also made headlines when he and his former band mates Carl Palmer and Keith Emerson recently signed with Razor & Tie Records for a full re-issue campaign of Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s material. The campaign, which will begin later this year, will start with the release of newly expanded and re-mastered editions of the trio’s first six albums.
Greg Lake UK tour dates:
November 15: The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
November 17: Lomond Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland
November 18: Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, England
November 19: Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, England
November 20: Philharmonic, Liverpool, England
November 22: Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
November 23: G Live, Guildford, England
November 24: Guildhall, Southampton, England
November 25: O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, England
Greg Lake is managed by Stewart Young and the UK tour is booked by World Concert Artists, UK.
More information can be found at http://www.greglake.com or by contacting Ellie Schwartz at ellieschwartz@aol.com or by calling (US) +1 347 678 1760. All US press inquires please contact Ellie Schwartz.
UK Booking Agent: World Concert Artists, PH: 44 (0)20 3086 9993, booking@worldconcertartists.org, http://www.worldconcertartists.org
European Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, Billy James, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@cs.com