the fact the Keith Emerson had 7 fingers on each hand !!! Or so it seemed.
Saw the live outdoor in Chicago. They did this and Trilogy along with Pictures. All amazing.
helluva concert. Even bought some weed off an off duty Chicago cop. Good times...
Wasnt Foghat on the bill. It was one of those concerts that started at like 2 in the after and went til midnight.
I remember people saying they could hear ELP clearly. down on 31st street.
As a multikeyboardist for 30 years, I took a lot from Emerson & Wakeman.
Later, when MIDI can out, my system was leaner, but with even more sound options. (2 actual keyboards, but with 4 other tone modules networked, so I had 6 instruments that could all be played from 2 keyboards.). I was as busy with volume pedals as I was playing the songs!
Then, Ultimate came out with the Apex stand, and that moved me to the front of the stage.
If Keith had been a singer, I have no doubt he would have used the same set up
Spent a long time playing an uncut B3 with a pair of 122s and a Rhodes88. I will never forget the first time I plopped an ARP2600 keyboard up on top that Hammond. Long reach but fun on fun !
to a fellow player.
ps - loved trying to schlep through Six Wives. Unbelievable
When Emerson did that bit of Hernando's Hideaway, I flipped because my dad loved playing that on organ. (He had a Hammond H series; no Leslie, but good built in speakers. We had my grandpa's old piano in the basement. I did my playing down there.)
My dad could play pretty well but he wasn't sophisticated in his approach.
When it goes from the Fm (2nd chord) to the C7, he'd just go there. On piano, the D diminished just screamed out to be played as a transition chord. Then I'd play the 9th, instead of going to the dom7. I was putting in passing chords all over the place
All that said, my dad loved that I learned one of his favorite songs.
But, if it was good enough for Emerson to play it, it was good enough for me!
My biggest rig was L shaped. I had the Kustom 88, Chowning piano as the base. I had a Korg CX-3 (Hammond Sound) on top, and using some black taped PVC pipe, had a Polysix on top of that. To my right, I had a Hohner Clavinet with a Korg MS-20 on top of that. Played through a 6 channel Earth PA.
Later, my rig was 12 channel stereo (we had a 24 channel mixer for the band) and my onstage amping was an Electro voice S-18E, powered by a QSC amp bridged to 600W.
Once I went to that Apex stand, it was a far more streamlined setup, even though I had more sonic options. And, since I was lead singer on 3 out of every 7 songs, it put me at stage front which made a better presentation.
I was pretty boring by comparison but I didnt do any singing
and the crowd was appreciative.
I started on a Wurlitzer upright in the living room that my mom played. Started rock on a little Farfisa blue single keyboard 4-voice organ and an 825. Eventually moved up to a dual keyboard farfisa with a 925 then the B3. Kept the 925 for the Fender. Loved that with slow spin.
Everything was miced out to an altec board and those old voice of the theater cabinets with 2-12s or 1-15 plus a horn.
Those were the days. Paid for HS and college got a real job and the playing atrophied year after year. I can still muddle through some things but I think I play like shit these days.
...I had a sample of the rhythm for this song.
Was fun to hit one key, hold the sustain pedal down, and wail on synth to that rhythm.