We continue our afterlife interviews with members of the 1970s progressive rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer (see our interview with Keith Emerson from March 14th). Here Greg Lake, vocalist and guitarist of the band, joins Marc and myself for a quick chat. Marc was rushing me again, so that usually means we have a guest.
Diane: So what’s up for tonight Marc? Do we have a guest?
Marc: We might…..
Diane: Greg Lake is with you isn’t he?
Marc: Yes he is. Okay, let’s get this show on the road! Diane, are you taking this down?
Diane: Yeah. It looks like you just put one of those small old-fashioned mics around your neck?
Marc: Yeah…so what?
I see Greg Lake walk into the scene and sit on a stool next to Marc. He is wearing a white suit and smiling.
Marc: Alright then…Diane, I’d like to introduce you to Greg. I believe that you know who he is?
Diane: Yes, of course Marc. I really loved your music when I was a teenager!
Greg: Well thank you very much Diane. It’s really wonderful to hear that.
Marc: We just had your band mate Keith on the show recently.
Greg: Yes, I’m aware of that.
Marc: What did he tell you about his experience? Did he like us? Did he think we asked really good questions?
Greg: He didn’t go into that much detail actually Marc. He said that he really enjoyed the experience and it helped with his recovery. He hoped it would help anyone who might be suffering with depression.
Marc: Okay…let’s get started with some questions. Are we going too fast for you Diane?
Diane: No…I’m okay.
Marc: Let’s start out with one of our standard questions. Greg, what made you decide to come on the Bolan-Beaty Boogie show? We tried to connect with you when you had just passed over, but it was too soon for you?
Greg: Yes, it was too early at that point for me to discuss my life as Greg. I’ve been through several sessions of healing – lengthy sessions – done the soul spa for healing and feel in a much better place.
Marc: So some of our readers are very curious about the whole passing over bit. Can you tell us how it was for you?
Greg: Well…as you know, I passed from the physical with cancer (in December 2016). It felt like a lengthy process. I’m not sure if it’s better to know what is going to get you or have it happen all of a sudden? In any case, I did have the time to make peace with many aspects of that life, but I didn’t feel that I was ready to go. I was still enjoying my life.
Marc: How much music were you doing at that time?
Greg: Not much really in public. I would do the odd small venue or specialty concert once in a while, but nothing like it used to be.
Marc: Did you still enjoy performing or was that something you never enjoyed doing?
Greg: I didn’t enjoy the endless touring of the early days, that’s for sure – but it was an exciting time – being a rock star. I did enjoy seeing new countries. I remember thinking how large the US was.
Marc: What made you want to be a musician?
Greg: Well I loved music and found I had a bit of a voice. It helped me get out of myself. I had started writing songs when I was a young lad. It just seemed to come out of me. Once I learned to play the guitar, it sealed the deal.
Marc: What was it like for you when you became famous? Was that trip something that you enjoyed?
Greg: I didn’t enjoy my privacy being invaded. I had a young family and I liked to keep them out of the limelight.
Marc: The band was really big around the same time as me. We knew many of the same musicians and worked with them on and off.
Greg: That’s right. The British music scene back then was pretty small when you think about it now. ELP lasted a little while, but like most bands, some of the fans went elsewhere when our style of music started to become less popular.
Marc: Yeah man, you guys were into the one song per LP side. That’s what they were trying to get me to do.
Greg: Well it worked for us, but if you didn’t feel it, it wasn’t right for you.
Marc: That’s what I’m saying man….What was the best thing you can say about being a rock star?
Greg: The high I got from the audience when they expressed how much they loved my music. Of course, it’s nice for anyone when you realize that what you do – no matter what that might be – is enjoyed by others. I loved creating music, so it was really something when our music started to be played on the radio. Who doesn’t want fame when you are just starting out as a musician? There were some great times, but like most bands, we had some rough times as well – egos got bruised. Keith and I have met over here and we laugh about all the struggles we went through together. We agreed that things could have been much smoother, but it was what it was. Is that why you chose to be the head of your band Marc?
Marc: Yeah man. I knew what I wanted and that was how it was going to work the best for me. So now that you’ve passed over Greg, what have you been up to? You said that you had been going through some healing. How is that going?
Greg: Things are much brighter than they were. It did take me awhile to adjust to my new surroundings here…to let Greg go. I know that for some spirits, it’s very easy for them to step out of who they were, but for me, it took awhile.
Marc: Are you doing any music or anything creative?
Greg: I am still interested in music, but I’m been dabbling in film as well. It’s not really “film” as they know it on earth.
Marc: Can you explain how it is different?
Greg: Well it’s still considered a visual art form – but there isn’t actually any film obviously.
Marc: What have you been “filming” then?
Diane: I’m trying to understand what Greg is showing me. I see him standing alone – outside – in stunning landscapes. I’m getting that he is using the scenery to aid his healing – equating the energy in each location to what he is feeling emotionally?
Greg: Yes Diane, that’s about right….yes.
Marc: Are you showing them to anyone yet?
Greg: Yes a few here and there.
Marc: Diane, do you have any questions for Greg?
Diane: Oh gosh…this happened with Keith. I couldn’t think of anything to ask after so many years….
Greg: Well, that’s okay. If something comes to you, let us know.
Marc: Did you have any spiritual beliefs as Greg?
Greg: I wasn’t religious if that’s what you mean. I had a few things happen to me – some of them were family things – that made me think that there was more to this physical life than most people believed. I had an inner knowing that this wasn’t the end.
Marc: So what are your plans now?
Greg: Well, I’m a bit in limbo right now – trying to figure out what to do next. I’m not making any decisions about anything – like another incarnation. There are still aspects of my life as Greg that I still want to look at. There is no rush, as you know.
Diane: I guess Greg, since I enjoyed your music, I was wondering how much you enjoyed creating it?
Greg: Well early on, I think I enjoyed it more. Then when all the record companies got involved and we were making them a lot of money, it became a business. That took some of the joy of out it for me. Music was how I expressed myself, but then it turned into a money-making adventure. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed having the money – that’s what you want – fame and fortune – so it’s a catch-22. Then of course, I got used to the rock star lifestyle, but when musical tastes change and you are no longer packing stadiums, that can be a hard blow to your ego.
Marc: So do you think that you will team up with Keith and do any music together?
Greg: Oh no! That’s not in the cards. I think we did our bit together last time.
Marc: Okay well Greg, I think we’ll wrap this up. Diane, anymore questions?
Diane: No I’m fine Marc. Thanks so much Greg for coming to see us!
Marc: Yeah man! Thanks for showing up! Any last words for our readers?
Greg: No Marc, I think I’m good. I just hope that if anyone out there is still listening to my music, I hope that they enjoy it. I had some songs that I was really proud of, others not so much, but it would give me a great deal of pleasure to know that they are still being enjoyed by people.
Marc: I’m sure that they are Greg! Thanks again!
Marc and Greg took off their microphones, shook hands and Greg was gone!
Diane: Gee Marc, that was so nice to meet him after all this time. It seems like many people had their favorite bands growing up.
Marc: Yeah, and I’m sure that T Rex was the favorite of many!
Diane: Yes, Marc…I know that you are being silly, but I think that you are right! I guess it’s up to each spirit how much and fast they can let go of the life they just left? Is it often hard to let go?
Marc: Well it really depends on the individual. I’ve had it both ways. Some are so relieved to be back in spirit and don’t give the life they just led another thought. But for others, it take a little longer.
© Bolan-Beaty Boogie
April 10, 2018