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:: Posted by BillSabab on November 07, 2013
Happy to see Mr. Fripp give a shout out to our local usual KC stage. Certainly I havenít a clue about size requirements for such a band as heís proposing, but we have found that The City Winery on Chicagoís West Loop neighborhood a more than suitable, and certainly more modern venue, if again, the stage size fits the new setup.
Project in Perth? Wow!
:: Posted by ErrolHTout on November 06, 2013
Greetings from sunny Perth where it is 25 and lovely!
Good Heavens - King Crimson Project is coming to Perth. Well Iíll be blessed! Theyíll see how darn far from everything it is - but how nice it is. Thanks for coming all that way you chaps! To say íI am looking forward to ití doesnít quite cut it........
Best wishes to all
Dr Errol H Tout
:: Posted by Undisciplined on November 06, 2013
Obviously, "The Midnight Special" appearance wouldíve made excellent bonus video material, but that leads one to surmise its exclusion from The Road to Red or the earlier Larksí Tongues set. Were there legal hurdles or was the footage simply unavailable?
:: Posted by stereoroid on November 06, 2013
I appreciate RF taking the time to keep us informed of the practicalities that are arising, now that King Crimson is on the way back to active duty. For myself, I have been wondering just how a band with three drummers would work on a stage these days. One way of looking at it is to start with the division between static and mobile members, so the new KC will have more static members (3x drummers + RF) than mobile.
This has me thinking about an "in the round" setup, with the stage on the arena floor rather than the usual location at one end. Yes did this several times, notably on the 8-man "Union" tour, which squeezed two drummers (including Billís double Simmons kit) and Fort Wakeman on to a cosy revolving stage. Another example is Peter Gabrielís "Growing Up" tour, which was incredibly ambitious (and expensive) but worked very well, I thought.
Watching some of that video again, I liked how an "in the round" setup wipes out the distinction between "frontline" and "backline" in a band. I think it could work particularly well with King Crimson, where you would all need to see each other while playing, not relying on audio cues or a click track in the headphones. I imagine a setup with the static members on the outside, facing inwards towards a central raised "stage" for the mobile members, but with a decent amount of space for sightlines. I think the audience wonít mind, knowing how important improvisation is to The Crim.
Anyway - I donít pretend to be an expert on these topics, and I know that the professionals will get it right, but I do have fun thinking about these practical considerations, and the trade-offs involved. Maybe I should get out more ..!
May you ever...
:: Posted by dubhthaigh on November 05, 2013
Over the weekend, took in a terrific concert in Harrisburg: Gordon Lightfoot. Heíll be 75 soon, and his heart is still clearly in it, even if he is visibly and audibly weaker. So what might have passed as an agreeable rendition of songs by a grandfatherly type was actually something quite other. With commitment, all the rules change, indeed. Of note as well, the audience was seated on time, the concert began on time, and there wasnít a single camera flash, ring tone, or unruly shout out through Gordonís performance and encore. While I have seen him more physically engaged, not sure I can say Iíve seen him more emotionally plugged in, especially upon those songs that evince a summing up of oneís life.
So, perhaps thereís hope yet for an aging Crim audience - folks who go for the simple joy of wanting to experience Crim and remember this Crim, undiluted and safe from the intrusion of fetishization. Remember the music. Remember the commitment. Everything else is noise and ephemera.
For as long as Robert decides he wants to play in public, I hope he finds the courage and enthusiasm to do so. If at 75, even if he is visibly and audibly weaker, if his heart is in it, may he always find the courage and support from those of us who feel lucky to catch him live. If you could read my mind, Robert, Iíd wish you that, and all the inspiration such entails.
In the meantime, on to active duty. May you ever catch us by surprise.
Lights, Camera, and Phil Lesh
:: Posted by Ornate_Coal_Man on November 05, 2013
Robert Fripp wrote:
"The lights were difficult. The problem with a lighting person is, they think they have to do something with the lights. And tonight they did, with light beams directed constantly at the audience. For most of the show I had to close my eyes."
My neighbor is a long time stage manager and lighting/sound tech. In the late 70s, he did lights for CBGBs in New York. He remarked that,in his lengthly experience, there were only two musicians that refused to be lit up: Robert Fripp and Bun E Carlos.
I asked him about both of these players, and responded, "Well, Fripp was really, compared to everyone else on the scene then, a well-spoken intellectual".
And Mr. Carlos?
"Man, he had the BEST weed!"
So he did enjoy being lit up! :)
Itís a good thing players donít have to put up with what jazz musicians had to put up with in all the night clubs, super clubs, hotels and restaurants, back in the day. My teacher always plays guitar with his eyes closed. It wasnít because he was getting into the music more than anyone else. It was because many of the jazz gigs he did in the 1950s to the 1990s (Except at the Jazz Showcase, where owner Joel Siegel had a strict no smoking policy), his eyes were burning up from all the smoke filed rooms. Playing with oneís eyes closed becomes an occupational necessity. He remarked that classical gigs were often a different story, in proper venues, symphony halls, with attentive listeners and proper acoustics.
Incidentally, here is a new way for known and established older musicians to tour without burning themselves out. 73 year old bassist Phil Lesh has struck an exclude 360 degree deal with one promoter to play a limited number of gigs per year in specific venues, as opposed to running himself ragged, getting on buses and planes for extended periods.
:: Posted by esherman93 on November 05, 2013
Curious what the developments might be. More live performances of the Slow Music Project?
One Eyed King
:: Posted by KramNamloc on November 05, 2013
Best healing wishes to the One-Eyed King In the Cellar.
:: Posted by emory0 on November 04, 2013
"When and where can I place a pre-order for one copy of the limited, numbered, signed-by-the-author, edition of this magnificent and hefty tome, Oh Wise One?"
Iíve actually been wondering whether The Guitar Circle book would (also) be printed in a lasting hardcover edition with acid-free paper. Numbered? Signed? Nice but (in my mind) optional. But something solid that wonít fall apart in a short amount of time.
:: Posted by pupuce on November 04, 2013
be strong Robert , i grow old too ; we must accept and keep faith !
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