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A Burning Question - UK gigs?
:: Posted by rogadaire on April 17, 2014

Robertís latest diary entry reminds me that the only commitment we appear to have heard of with regards to King Crimson touring this year relates to the US.  Sid - you may know this: Are there any plans, proposals, conjections, projections, objections or murmurings in dark corners in relation to KC playing any gigs in the UK?  Should this turn out to be the final live hurrah for the band (and I hope it is not), for the UK to miss out on this would seem rather disappointing, to put it mildly.... If UK promoters are not up to the job of putting this on (due to ingrained/inflexible vampiric practices etc), I suggest that DGM could itself rise to the challenge.  And if the O2 is not available, and Hammersmith falls victim to late Summer flooding, perhaps a Marquee in Berkhamsted might be the ideal venue for a series of concerts in the Autumn?          

minority rights?
:: Posted by Undisciplined on April 17, 2014

Just noticed the photo of RF with the obligatory KCCC mug.  Heís holding it left-handed.  Unless memory has failed, he has revealed that he is, in fact, left-handed.  Obviously, his musical endeavors are done right-handed. 

This clearly is not a matter of great importance, but just curious as to what led to the decision for the mug to be left-handed.  Estimates peg left-handers are (roughly) only 10% of the population, at least in the US.


:: Posted by AdrianReynolds on April 17, 2014

It is clear that the only way readers of Frippís diary will be satisfied with its contents is if Fripp follows a schedule suggested and voted on by DGM visitors. That way, the market will determine whether Fripp spends quality time with his wife and rabbit, reforms the 69 Crimson, or joins Yes on a Caribbean cruise ship. In turn, DGM followers will attain the satisfaction they are entitled to for having invested in Fripp adventures over the decades, and get more bang for their buck.

Slow Music April 15
:: Posted by altariel on April 16, 2014

Had a great time at the Slow Music Concert last night.  I had never heard The Humans before, they were fantastic!  Toyah was very charming and the songs were a lot of fun.  Very frenetic and playful, some of them reminded me of Goldfrapp.  I ordered their most recent album today and am looking forward to checking it out.  I really enjoyed the Slow Music performance, but I caught a bit of a vibe that maybe people werenít as in to it as I was.  The performance ended a lttle abruptly which took people by surprise, I wonder if the musicians were picking up the same vibes.  I thought the piece the Slow Music Project played was beautiful and I was glad to have heard it.   I came in with the expectation of dinner with friends and a chance to listen to music that I donít often get to experience live, I wasnít disappointed.  Hats off to all involved and thank you.

Persistent Vegetative State
:: Posted by DannyX on April 16, 2014

"A disorder of consciousness, a state of partial arousal rather than true awareness." Unfortunate that some would willing choose to exist in this condition.

Cover/tribute band, "original" band...in the end, it all comes down to the music, doesnít it? Spirit of, commitment to, reason for.

Bygone errors
:: Posted by nungboy on April 16, 2014

Perhaps just as valuable as DannyXís opinion on Yes is my opinion on vegetables: I would rather have fresh lima beans than frozen peas. But when it comes to music, I prefer to let the artist choose his or her path. Mr. Fripp has some excellent views on this subject.

Paying tribute
:: Posted by DannyX on April 15, 2014

I would find it more enjoyable to watch The Musical Box faithfully recreate a bygone era than to see the current Yes painfully butcher their legacy.

Lansdowne Grand Design
:: Posted by buserian on April 15, 2014

I saw this episode at the time. They referenced the studio and control room, both inside the new basement flat. Otherwise not much of musical interest - just a little name dropping.

It is a fine example of the difficulty of getting [some] contractors to correctly do the work they were contracted for...

Cheers, Graham

Cover bands?
:: Posted by emory0 on April 15, 2014

Carlos wrote...

"Or is it "legit" only when the composers/original players play the music?"

Come to think of it, yeah...I admit I share the prejudice against cover bands but I really canít pinpoint why.

PART of the answer, I think, is that we believe that "real" rock songs are communicating something about the experience or point of view of the singer/songwriter. And those songs are supposed to "keep it real".

But after a singer/songwriter has written the song and then played it 10,000 times live in concert, any emotion they seem to conjure up when performing that song has to be in part acting. So in a sense they are indeed covering themselves.

When a írespectedí performer covers a song, we expect them to (at least while playing it) somehow make it their own and communicate the írealí feelings the performer connects with and then expresses. So thatís perhaps OK.

But with a "cover band" even the pretense of connecting with the covered song in a special way is gone, so now the song is pure íactingí, no longer real.

But all of this was probably bullshit anyway, as no one can really "feel" the song they wrote years previously again and again and again.

Lansdowne Studios - errata
:: Posted by hopmanjr on April 15, 2014

Oops, that link again:

Grand Designs - Lansdowne House

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