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ELP drummer Carl Palmer to host inaugural Prog Rock Camp this November in Philadelphia

Credit: Mike InnsAn instructional camp hosted by Emerson, Lake & Palmer drummer Carl Palmer, designed specifically for prog-rock musicians, will take place this fall in Philadelphia.

Carl Palmer's Prog-Rock Camp is scheduled for November 8-10 at Philly's 2300 Arena and will be open to drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists and singers who want to further develop their musical abilities.

The event will also feature several special guests, including ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian, who both now play together in Sons of Apollo.

Carl's band mates in his current group Carl Palmer's Legacy -- guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick -- also will take part in the camp.

"This camp will be a special dream come true for me," says Palmer. "It is not designed to be a 'fantasy' event, but rather, a complete three-day educational adventure for those who really want to improve and advance their musical craft.

He adds, "Of course, fans who want to take in the experience are welcomed, as well.  This is a chance to sit one-on-one with some of the contemporary musical greats and learn."

Among the activities at the camp: Individual master classes with Palmer and his guest musicians, a Q&A session, a full show by Carl Palmer's Legacy and the world premiere screening of a previously unseen concert film, ELP Live in South America 1997.

In addition, there'll be performances by bands formed by attending campers, music-industry-related seminars, an exhibit of Palmer's artwork and more.

Carl Palmer's Prog Rock Camp costs $1,399 and includes all events and classes, meals, parking and lodging. The number of campers will be limited to 100. Registration is open now. For more details, visit

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