Keith Emerson Tribute Concert to Be Released

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Keith Emerson in an undated photo (via the Emerson, Lake & Palmer Facebook page)

The Keith Emerson Estate has announced the upcoming release of the Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert. March 11, 2021 marks the 5th anniversary of the keyboard legend’s passing. The 4-disc set, coming March 19 in the U.K. and March 26 in the U.S., via Cherry Red Records, features the historic 2016 tribute show in Los Angeles with a great lineup performing music from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Nice, Emerson, Lake & Powell, the Keith Emerson Band and the Three Fates Project.

The announcement was made last Nov. 2, in celebration of Emerson’s birthday.

The 2 1/2 hour concert film features performances by over two dozen prominent artists in rock, jazz and classical music as well as artist interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, tribute speeches, and a gallery of personal never-before-seen photos from the Emerson estate. The concert will be released on Blu-Ray along with a bonus 2-CD set of the audio recording of the show.

Performers include Brian Auger, Eddie Jobson, Jordan Rudess, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Vinnie Colaiuta, Marc Bonilla, Gregg Bissonnette, CJ Vanston, Troy Luccketta, Rachel Flowers, Terje Mikkelsen, Philippe Saisse, Joe Travers, Travis Davis, Ed Roth, Jonathan Sindelman, Mike Wallace, Mick Mahan, Karma Auger, Rick Livingstone, Kae Matsumoto, Emerson’s son Aaron Emerson, Dan Lutz, and Michael Fitzpatrick.

The concert was produced and arranged by Marc Bonilla. The film was produced and directed by Daniel Gross.

Watch the official trailer of the release

A reunion of many of the participants will take place on Friday, March 5 at 3 p.m. ET. Click here to watch.

From the announcement: This highly anticipated concert captures the essence of what made Keith Emerson a pioneer of prog rock, a treasure among his many fans and friends, and a legendary keyboardist and composer with the iconic supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

“It was a great honor to be asked to play in tribute to not only a friend but a musical giant and hero to us all,” said Steve Lukather. “I hope he smiles from heaven knowing the spirit this was done in. So many unreal musicians! RIP Keith. You are so missed.”

All proceeds go to the charity The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, which was close to Emerson’s heart. The artists, crew and all involved have donated their skills and time gratis for this worthy cause, which afflicts thousands of musicians annually.

Related: Did you know Emerson was also in a supergroup with John Entwistle, Joe Walsh, and others?

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