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:: Posted by KantspelldiKc on October 06, 2014
In a way we are in agreement, the second sentence of your second paragraph expresses my sentiments exactly, Thrak at the Zellerbach was perfection, I am not an expert on booking venues, just stating the facts, would I lie to you just to get in yer pants............nope
Melbourne - LA - Melbourne in 4 days
:: Posted by jameswills on October 06, 2014
Last week I travelled to Los Angeles to see King Crimson on September 30. As I was leaving the venue I encountered Sid and he asked me what I thought of the show. I wasnít at my most coherent at that particular moment. So Sid (and anyone else who cares to plough through the deathless prose below) - hereís what I thought of the show and some memories of it.
At 8:15 ish and following the "welcome now put away your phones" announcement, the band came on and commenced that improv-ing/warming up noise making that Crimson lovers the world over would recognise. And in that sound I heard that, yes, I was at a King Crimson concert (heart begins to pick up pace) but I also heard the particular flavour of this Crimson, the sound that Jakko and Mel add, the effect on the balance of the band that having three drummers at the front has brought.
I was lucky enough/of sufficient means to be close to the stage. I was on the Pat/Mel side and I could see the facial expressions of the band quite clearly. And so I saw the look of total relish and anticipation on Patís face as he leant across and tapped on the device that triggered the sample of Robert talking to the string players from the end of the Islands album. And as the "one two three, two two three" cued the transition into the first number on the set list I found out what a sharp intake of breath sounds like when everyone around you takes it at the same time. Or maybe it was just me, breathing in at exceptional volume.
From that point I was taking the ride with the band. There may have been "brown notes", it may well have been a poor night from the playersí perspective but if so, I was unaware of this. The band seemed to be playing with my familiarity with the material itself. Not arrogantly or from a sense of ennui with the pieces, it was more as if I was inside the music with the band as they showed me all the fun things that could be done with it. It was immediately, easily recognised as the repertoire it was and yet the band found ways to surprise and delight me not despite my familiarity with the repertoire but because of it.
It might be surprising when I say that the highlight of the night for me wasnít any of those more venerable chestnuts from the repertoire that were played (though I was brought to tears more than once when they emerged). The most magical moment of the night was when "The Letters" was performed. I will admit that this is one of my least fondly regarded Crimson numbers. I usually hit the skip button for that one when I give Islands a play. And yet - the silence in the room as The Letters was played was awesome in the dictionary definition of the word. Jakkoís vocal performance in the piece was beautiful and passionate. As someone remarked to me later - a piece we both had little time for came alive in the room that night. And while there were many other magical moments throughout the set, thatís the first one to mind now when I look back on the night.
Worth spending 43 hours on aeroplanes in a four day period to attend? Unquestionably. I was ready to be disappointed and not regretful but fortunately I didnít need to be. Right now this feels like the most memorable and fulfilling live show Iíve attended. Iím so enormously grateful for it.
:: Posted by HarrySpade on October 06, 2014
I missed the tour, sadly, so after seeing some online chatter about a video release, I have to ask- did anyone see any camera crews at the shows? Iíve not seen that mentioned, and Iím pretty sure events donít film themselves.
As for downloads, Iím ready to buy when one is available!
:: Posted by mindfu on October 06, 2014
Absolutely loved the show, even more than I expected. Also loved the shwag, and in particular the combined retrospective and rarities double CD. Like many others, I absolutely cannot wait for the live CD, and hope also for entire new albums of music with this line up in particular. Jaksyk and Collins are great combinations.
In short, thanks again for yet more great music. Just having a beer while listening to a live 3-drum rendition of Red and Starless, was worth the price of admission right then and there.
:: Posted by lieutzip on October 06, 2014
The Warfield shows were my first time getting to see KC. Iím lucky enough to catch dozens of acts every year, old and new, and these guys thoroughly wiped the floor with everyone else Iíve seen in 2014. The level of musicianship and improvisational skill was insane, and the setlists were, I thought, perfectly suited to this incarnationís aggressive, rhythm-heavy approach. I suppose variable reactions to the performances make sense for people who have seen the band a lot of times, but man... it would take someone excessively picky or joyless to call them "crappy", or to say that Fripp wasnít engaged, based on these shows.
Iím also a bit surprised at the complaints over the acoustics. These were rock shows, in an old theatre with a high ceiling, by a seven-piece band playing dense, often dissonant music with THREE full drum kits up front. Given all the sonic nightmares that COULD arise from that situation, I thought the shows sounded way better than they had any right to.
In any case, I had a great time both nights, and look forward to more!
SF KC Giant Night
:: Posted by Grayzone on October 06, 2014
Saturday show in SF was musically brilliant. The powerful pieces such as Red, Sailors tale, and of course Starless were awesome. Great to witness Pictures of a City also. Rf guitar sound is marked and unique. This is a show I will remember always. For me it bookends (for now) my first KC show which was in 1974 or so during the LTIA tour (Newcastle Odeon)
Albany - Post Crimatic Stress
:: Posted by vargan on October 06, 2014
i would sure love to transfer my Crimso Albany experience from RAM to ROM, even after a month, i cannot seem to find the "power off" switch. i had a fallen angel dream, jakko sang it with reiflin drumming and mel soloing, it startled me from sleep and felt similar to how craftyís whiz sound objects around the room.
:: Posted by DanAnderson on October 06, 2014
Tis the nature of the beast (the RF beast) to be a bit reclusive at live settings. This has been a pattern for the last thousands of years. He doesnít do the "Townshend windmill", the "Gene Simmons tongue" or the "Miley Cyrus attempted but humongous fail twerk attempt." That ainít Bob. He sits. He plays. He ainít a rock star.
The fact that heís smiling this tour actually tells us something. In opposition to what he says about touring,he seems to be enjoying this one. He may have lost a fan of his live shows and thatís too bad but from what I read in the posts and news reviews, there are a lot of others to take your place in line.
Oh, by the way - for all you out there requesting downloads and DVDs of the concerts: DGM has produced DVDs of the last number of concerts excepting the 2008 mini-tour and knowing what the projected revenue for downloads of this tour, it is a certainty that DGM will make avaialbe at the very least one DVD concert video and at least one compilation CD (a la The Roar of P4). I will assume that if we are all very good children and eat our greens we might get a bundle offering of the entire tour. THAT gives me goosebumps.
Seattle is tonight. Iíll let you guys out there know how it went. Cheers!
Fripp invisible from the Warfield balcony
:: Posted by pdkrimhd on October 06, 2014
I was on the right side of the balcony at the Warfield and I can tell you that Mr Fripp was mostly hidden for most of the performance by the speaker stack on the upper right of the stage.
Hi, limited visibility is of course is a problem inherent in many venues rather than RF deliberately dissing the audience as the previous poster seemed to be saying.
:: Posted by whatisdust on October 06, 2014
I have been waiting, with much excitement, for the mighty Crim as they tour and investigate Walmarts throughout these United States to their last stop, here in Seattle, to see them. Due to emergency surgery in the wee hours of Sunday morning, bottom line is my wife and I canít go! Iíd really hate to see these to go to waste
If anyone wants these two tickets for face value please let me know! The seats are: Main floor left, row x seats 3 & 4.
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
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