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:: Posted by fripponneau on September 28, 2014
Robert : " Tony, the best photographers are those that best conceal their devices."
Tony : " Robert, the best guitarists are those who have mastered the best silences."
:: Posted by potato on September 28, 2014
I have waited a looong time to see songs from this show in a live setting. Its my 4th Crimson show, and this was by far the most memorable one so far. A great lineup of competent musicians (as always). The perfect setlist to make a most magical evening come to life. And a great bonus with a couple tracks off of Scarcity. Deepest thank you for coming back to Chicago.
I want a spoiler!
:: Posted by DanAnderson on September 28, 2014
Spoiler time. What is Mel doing during the guitar oriented pieces like Red, Level 5, and the ConstruKction of Light? I know he does the bari sax on VROOOM. Okay guys, give it up!
By the way, countdown - one week till Seattle! Yeehah!
Chicago, 26 September 2014
:: Posted by cstack3 on September 28, 2014
Papa Bear Levin shares his impressions and photos, these are great!
I wrote the following to RF in a personal email:
Dear Bob, your show last night (26 September at the Chicago Vic Theater) was truly a Bounty of Miracles!
I was very impressed by the composure of the crowd....my first KC concert was at the Chicago Kinetic Playground, 20 April, 1973 (Peter Frampton opened). That crowd was rowdy, in a fighting mood, terribly loud....you gave disapproving glances from onstage! It was chaotic and frightening.
Last night, our crowd at the Vic was remarkably respectful and silent....during the quietest passages of LTIA Part 1, during subtle percussion work by Pat Mastelotto, the crowd was hushed!! We could hear every nuance of the percussion up to the mezzanine, it was fantastic!! Dare I say, miraculous!
Also, thank you for your admonition to leave the cell phones and cameras off, the crowd was very compliant and it was a wonderful break to not have all of those flashing screens shining back into our faces! Why people text to friends during a musical event escapes me, and for the first time in ages, I did not see ANY of that!!
A miracle in and of itself!!
My promise to you for nice Chicago weather has born out, I hope you have a wonderful stay. It was so nice to see you onstage again with the Crimson King, and your setlist itself was another miracle....thank you for bringing us such wonderful material as "Pictures of a City," "Sailor’s Tale" and other timeless Crimson classics!!
Hearing this music live for the first time (and featuring Mel Collins no less) is another miracle to me! As we say around here, "Who’d a thunk it?"
Very best wishes to Toyah and Patricia Fripp!
:: Posted by Kesler on September 28, 2014
The Crim graps us by fate. Friday, while traveling from Dallas to Columbus, with plans of completing a link by car to Newport Ky, to see Terry Bozzio, fate stuck when all air traffic was crippled during a layover in Chicago. A dissapointed call was recieved in Columbus where the drive to Newport was to complete our link to the Rivaval House to see Bozzio. With no hopes of making it out of Chicago, the trip began. A 400 mile drive from Columbus to Chicago to rescue my damsel began. After five plus hours and a confused state at O’Hare, we thought about the drive home. Then it hit me. My all time favorite band was holding a three night gig at the Vic in Chicago. Knowing shows had sold out accross the country, and basking in the incredible reviews of shows in Albany and NYC, I figured chances were slim, but I was prepared to do a "drive by" and see if by chance there would be two ticets left at the door (as I did at the venue in Newport in my absense.) well, adversity turned into a dream fulfilled! Walked to the box office, had two rear balconey seat we quickly scooped up and was treated to a power-house and a library og Crimcon-classics spanning decades of their work. This ensamble featured a seven headed "treat" . Drummers working an interwoven rythum that reminded me of the precision of "The League". Capped with the haunting brass from Mel Collins, King Crimson presented a show of shows! Fate? Call it what you will, but the stars were aligned for us Friday. A layover satisfied a milestone on my " bucket list"!
:: Posted by ChewChewGumChew on September 27, 2014
I am with previous poster Denmike. I too, would like the opportunity to purchase a show poster. I was at the first Chicago show. Three good options: A poster to sell through the shop with the individual dates on each, or a poster with ALL the dates on it (my personal fave), or a purchasable high rez download of either of the two options that we can somehow print out ourselves courtesy of our local neighborhood print shop... LOVED the show BTW. Sorry about the a-hole who started shouting during Starless. PLEASE make a hard copy box set of the tour!!!!
Re: Chicago 9/25/2014 : Posted by Chris_DeVito
:: Posted by markmmarkm on September 27, 2014
This sounds like a realistic review to me unlike the gushing ones (I freely grant it is one’s inalienable right to gush), rather analogous to my 1995 and ca 2000 experiences of the band.
Nonetheless, I still would like to have been able to see this band near my town like then.
Thanks for posting it, Chris.
:: Posted by jhoegeman on September 27, 2014
The Queen’s Chauffeur and the Prime Minister,..."but Mum,... We thought you had the keys?"
:: Posted by crimsonfox on September 27, 2014
"Tony!? Stop pullin ya face. I’ve told ya before... Leave ya hairy caterpillar at home on The Elements Tour. It’s a neat trick but how many photographs of him do ya need?
Caught in the Act?
:: Posted by blug83 on September 27, 2014
Viewing Tony’s web diary page 16, the 9th photo - of Gavin, Bill and Pat at the Vic Theater, Chicago (guessing at the end of show)... in the upper left next to the spotlight person, is that a person taking a "snap"?
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