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Crowd-sourcing: Emerson, Lake & Palmer at Rich Stadium, 1974

Before ELO was a household acronym (Electric Ligh Orchestra), there was ELP - Emerson, Lake & Palmer, a progressive rock band from England probably most well-known for the song "Lucky Man" as in  "He had white horses and ladies by the score / All dressed in satin and waiting by the door / Ooh, what a lucky man he was."

They don't write 'em like that anymore.

Less than a year after Rich Stadium became the official home of the Buffalo Bills, it played host to ELP in one of the first of what would be many memorable rock concerts through the 1970s.

There to chronicle the event for The Buffalo Evening News was photographer Robert L. Smith. This image appeared the day after the concert, July 27, 1974, along with the following caption: "Rock fans jammed Rich Stadium Friday night, over the field and through the stands, for a concert featuring Emerson, Lake & Palmer, who added sight to sound with a spectacular revolving stage set ... . Rock photos were projected over the performers."

ELP was not the only attraction that summer night: The James Gang and Lynyrd Skynyrd also were on the bill.

Thousands turned out to rock out at Rich. Some of them are in this photograph. See anyone you recognize?


Rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer is pictured performing on July 27, 1974 at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park. (Buffalo News file photo)

Rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer performs on July 26, 1974 in Rich Stadium in Orchard Park. Click for a larger photo. (Buffalo News file photo)


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