Greg Lake was the L in ELP (Emerson Lake And Palmer)! Here we are, many years later, and Greg is still going strong. ELP were a driving and dedicated force in the prog rock movement of the 70’s. Maybe they could even be lauded as the pioneers, often they were more creative than even Pink Floyd. I remember counting down the days to the release of their rendition of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Here we are several decades later, and Greg Lake is still wowing the crowd. I was surprised when he put down his electric weapon in favor of an acoustic guitar, I was even more amazed by the quality of the sounds that he eeked out of the guitar. It is easy to get labeled by critics and fans, and at least in my mind I had him labeled as the L out of ELP.

Welcome Backstage is a wonderful reintroduction to the softer, kinder side of Greg Lake. We get to meet Greg playing acoustic guitar, which is something I had never seen before. He is a little chubbier than his earlier ELP days, but that has happened to us all! Regardless of the TV ad’s for ‘Oil Of Olay’ you just can’t keep those youthful looks into your 50’s.

He is joined by David Arch (keyboards), Brett Morgan (Drums), Trevor Barry (Bass) and Florian Opahle (guitar) as his openers, also featured are Josh Grafton (keyboards) Jai Ramage, and Bekki Carpenter on backing vocals.

While Farewell to Arms and Fanfare For The Common Man are tunes that every Greg Lake fan will love, this DVD offers some interesting and very unusual tracks, ‘I Believe in Father Christmas’ being the most strange one.

I enjoyed this studio produced video, the audio and picture quality is superb. The only downside is that it only has a running time of 60 minutes, I would have enjoyed more.

You can get your own copy of this great DVD from MVD.

Simon Barrett

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