Among the pantheon of drummers of the 1970s, right next to Keith Moon, John Bonham and Charlie Watts, stands Carl Palmer, who helped create the template for progressive rock with a style apart from the blues-based sound that defined the era. As a member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, he provided muscle and uncommon sensitivity to the ambitious music written by revered keyboardist Keith Emerson (who took his cues from Aaron Copland for ELP's "Fanfare for the Common Man"), and became famous for extended, high-velocity drum solos (see his seven-minute ramble on "Tank") long before they were the subject of parody. As the authorities at DrummerWorld.com observed: "This was playing … of a kind with which jazz listeners were familiar, and classical audiences could understand, but it completely dazzled rock audiences." Emerson died in March, and Palmer will perform two shows in South Florida on a tribute tour called Remembering Keith and the Music of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. He will be joined by guitarist Steve Hackett of Genesis and Vanilla Fudge keyboardist Mark Stein.
When: 8 p.m. Friday, June 24
Where: Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami
Contact: 305-374-2444 or OlympiaTheater.org
When: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 26
Where: Arts Garage, 94 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach
Cost: $60, $75
Contact: 561-450-6357 or ArtsGarage.org