I was channel surfing last night and I came across a 40th reunion concert for Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. OMFG! Keith Emerson was still good on keyboards, though on one of the songs he played too loudly and drowned out the acoustic guitar part that Greg Lake was playing. Lake has completely lost his voice. In his younger days he had a mellow mellifluous voice and fronted for King Crimson before ELP, and was also in ASIA. Lake’s singing was so bad that I had to change channels. I should be the one to talk about bad singing, right. Except that I never had a good voice and I don’t charge people money to listen to me when I play and sing at blogmeets.
Speaking of King Crimson, I saw them live once. They were terrible in concert. Robert Fripp played guitar while sitting down and they didn’t play their most well known song From the Court of the Crimson King. That would be like paying to see Arlo Guthry and him not playing Alice’s Restaurant. Wait! That happened to me as well. Near the end of the concert, someone yelled, “Play Alice’s Restaurant!” He yelled back, “See the movie!” Asshole! I’m talking about Guthry, not the member of the audience.
Lake has become fat as well. Some of these old rockers need to retire, but as long as there are suckers who think they still have the chops and are willing to pay to listen to them sing off key they won’t. Sad. Especially if you remember how good they once sounded.