Progressive Music Awards has named Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Asia drummer Carl Palmer 2017’s “Prog God”. This is the highest accolade awarded to a musician who has made an outstanding contribution to progressive music.
Palmer is being honoured for a career spanning five decades. His work with ELP, Asia and his solo ventures make him one of the most accomplished drummers in prog.
ELP’s final concert took place in London in 2010 to mark the group’s 40th anniversary. Palmer’s band mates Keith Emerson and Greg Lake both passed away last year.
“They played a big part in the progressive movement and in helping me to get where I am, so I’m accepting it in honour of them,” Palmer has said about Emerson and Lake.
The award’s previous recipients include Rick Wakeman, Jon Anderson, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Ian Anderson. Palmer will officially receive the honour on 14th September at the Progressive Music Awards in London’s Underglobe. The event will be hosted by Matthew Wright and it will be streamed live via the Prog website.