|| March 14, 2003
|| Park West Chicago, Illinois
“Who would’ve ever thought that you’d hear the word ‘happy’ so many times in a King Crimson song” says a grinning Adrian Belew mid-way through what must be one of Crimso’s most playful of gigs. It’s clear from the off that the band are enjoying being back in what is known to be a very KC-friendly venue.
Looking out at the crowd Belew exclaims “These are our people!” And he wasn’t the only one to be impressed that night. “Hooray! A most enjoyable show at Park West” wrote Robert Fripp in his diary. “A generous audience and, significantly, the area in front of the band was standing - this is a first at Park West in 23 years of playing here. We are used to looking out at tables, right up to the stage. This seems to be the best format for us: standing at the front, seating at the back, sides & above. A well-spirited performance from band & audience.”
DGMLive web supremo to-be, Eric Anderson, was a member of that audience and saw the band on both nights of their Chicago sojourn. “At one of the shows the band was called back for a second encore, and Potato Pie was played” recalls Eric. The song was only played handful of times on the tour as was Eyes Wide Open which also makes its DGMLive debut.
Buyer beware - thanks to a particularly malicious, not to say pernicious, gremlin on the soundboard, LTIA pt4 cuts out almost as soon as it starts. Otherwise what we have here is a generous helping of some prime Crimson. Get tucked in!
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Adrian Belew - Guitar, Voice, Words
Robert Fripp - Guitar
Trey Gunn - Touch Guitar
Pat Mastelotto - Electric and Acoustic Percussions
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Band Member Diaries
Fri., Mar 14, 2003
Written by Robert Fripp
Hotel Quite acceptable, Chicago.
Chicago's skyline appeared at 03.55 as we drove in through the industrial outlands & the awful smell from smoking processing plants. Very much like the horrors of driving through Jersey from Philly to NYC in 1971. We arrived at the hotel c. 4.30.
Here on the 20th. fIoor I have a corner room with impressive views over the city. The room comes with CD player & tuner, so I have hooked up my computer & customized the room. Mozart string quintets sound glorious here.
Now, maybe the second half of my night's sleep.
Hooray! A most enjoyable show at Park West. A generous audience and, significantly, the area in front of the band was standing - this is a first at Park West in 23 years of playing here. We are used to looking out at tables, right up to the stage. This seems to be the best format for us: standing at the front, seating at the back, sides & above. A well-spirited performance from band & audience.
When Pat & I arrived for soundcheck, there were two gentlemen standing outside the club. One asked: is there any chance of getting an autograph? The reply: None whatsoever! But, in a small attempt to make a human connection, I collected two bottles of water from the dressing room & took them out. "You don't need an autograph, but water might be useful!" The reply in return: Can I shake your hand? The question might be why? but this presumes the operation of rationality & reason are available.
Devil Throat has me in its grip, one that I am declining to accept. I hold a close focus.
Where is the bottom end?, Tue., Jan 6, 2009
Written by nonspecific
The performance is great but Trey seems to be MIA in the mix. I’ve noticed this with other shows from this particular tour.
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