Carl Palmer remembers his career and honors his friend in Michigan this week

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FERNDALE (WJRT) - (06/11/2016) - "I wish I hadn't got to do this list, it's basically to remember Keith," Carl Palmer says with a sigh. "But it's my contribution back in there because he was probably the greatest musician that I have ever played with."
The drummer understandably has mixed emotions about his US tour this summer honoring his Emerson Lake and Palmer bandmate Keith Emerson, who died in March. The 66 year old originally planned a tour celebrating his 50th anniversary in the music business, but changed gears after Emerson's death.
"Basically had to redo the setlist, because obviously I wanted to play stuff that would mean something to Keith."
Although the songs are meant to honor his bandmate, fans shouldn't expect to hear them how the band originally performed them.
"It's pointless for me having a keyboard player and a full-time singer because I'd be trying to imitate ELP and I don't want to do that. I wanna take the music in another direction, which I've been doing for a long time now, and give it kind of a different rock element."
The Remembering Keith and ELP tour has two stops in Michigan, hitting The Magic Bag in Ferndale Sunday and the Lexington Village Theatre Friday. And Palmer says even after a half century on the road, mixing up the big cities and small towns is important to him.
"The way bands get big, and the way bands get sustaining power is not just playing those major markets and the secondary markets, it's going to those smaller places. I remember when ELP was playing in Nacogdoches, Texas and Paris, Texas. We played everywhere and anywhere"

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