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End of guestbook
:: Posted by Bakullama on December 17, 2014

From a personal point of view I think closing the guestbook down is probably a good thing in the long run. Our generation is the first to have such direct access to viewpoints, opinions, and complaints of others all over the world in the time it takes to hastily write a paragraph or two. These conversations with folks unseen and unknown to us tend to become judgmental battles due to the fact that we have no idea who we are talking to. No emotional checks, balances, or compassion.

When I am speaking to a friend or acquaintance face to face, mutual respect for the others opinion tends to override the need to always be right about relatively minor disagreements... Arguments are avoided so as not to walk away from one another as enemies... Often that is not the case on a guestbook or forum. I remember Elephant talk as a somewhat mean spirited forum... I probably posted 3 times there and was so disillusioned with responses that I bailed out. Many prog and other music forums are filled with angry folks, and over the last 15 years I have come to realize that many of the same angry folks I met online long ago... Are still here... And there.

My own internet addiction seems to be losing its steam due to the dark forces and the effect they are having on my soul. The novelty is wearing thin. Nowadays when an online warrior lambasts one of my personal observations or opinions I usually just hang up the phone. Then later wonder why my opinion or statement would have invited such a mean spirited response.

As I said we are the first to have this so called luxury... Unfortunately the luxury has turned on us, and is being used by the unscrupulous powers to manage, spy, inflame and coerce us as well. I dont post here a lot, sometimes throw in my 2 cents, but always read with interest. Heres to the new King Crimson... All of this stuff is probably very distracting when trying to create music... No?

Painted Bride Soundscapes, 12/11-12/1997
:: Posted by JackCade on December 17, 2014

While these performances are now several years in the past, I am wondering if there are plans to make these available for download? I was at the early show on the 12th in Philly at the Painted Bride and can attest to the doom and sadness in many of the movements. There were also some dopey requests for autographs during the enjoyable Q&A.

Guestbook Future
:: Posted by simkin_eden on December 17, 2014

Iíve read Mr Frippís suggestion about Guestbook and agree entirely. Those of us who remember the original Elephant Talk (and contributed to it) will probably agree too.

As I mentioned in a previous post, this place to me is where to celebrate the work of KC in all its incarnations and to learn about new projects.

What is not clear from RFís diary is does he expect someone else to initiate a new forum in the Elephant Talk style or will DGM provide it.

Either way, will want to read and contribute in the spirit of celebration and not just another place on the Internet to moan and groan!

It's for someone else to initiate rather than DGM.


:: Posted by Petitwazoo on December 17, 2014

Perhaps thereís a fairly simple excuse like the batteries in his torch have expired or maybe heís dropped his famous fedora, but Iím beginning to wonder if we should now consider reporting Mr Stormy as a missing person !

I'm still here! Working on such things like tour bundles, takes up a lot of time, and the last one, 1981 US tour is an example of that. The Starless box set, is another. I do have many duties to perform which keep me busy, so thanks for your concern. Best Stormy

The Diary Lives!
:: Posted by mipoch on December 17, 2014

Yes, Iím a happy boy! Christmas came early this year.

:: Posted by PPmINTY on December 17, 2014

"Does anyone else think that Robertís wifeís voice and sisterís voice are uncannily alike?"

Um... no.

Patriciaís voice retains a considerable amount of Dorset íburrrrí, mixed with a touch of ímid-atlanticí acquired from long-term Stateside residency.

Toyahís is quite definitely íMidlandsí (eg, Birmingham > Black Country > Worcestershire), with a wee bit of stage írefinementí and, of course, that distinctive lisp.

Diary Updates
:: Posted by dougside on December 16, 2014

So is this the longest gap between updates? I think it might be. Iíve been following the diary since about the time it first appeared on the internet back in the mid-90ís. I kinda miss it.

I know Robert is super busy, so I completely understand. But it feels like a longtime friend has moved to another town.


Hurry back Diaries! As soon as you are able! Iíll buy you a pint and weíll hang out and catch up.

Re: Valhalla
:: Posted by CourtSage on December 16, 2014

Oh look a response

"A live EP?????? Are you serious? Do you know what an EP is? Or does that just suit your condemnation of this live releases length of time?"

Youíre right I donít know what an EP is. Mini album it is then.

"As for the absurd MP3 comment, surely that is a joke!"
Well lets look at my "absurd MP3 comment": "Make it available as an MP3 and price it at 7 or 8 dollars (or pounds) and that would be fine."

Umm no, that wasnít suppose to be a joke. Iíve bought quite a bit of gigs and other stuff on this site for about that price, maybe a bit more. So I donít see why you would think I was being funny.

"MP3 is rubbish, we all know that!"
Oh now I see why. Whoís íweí? Is this the general opinion? Well then I donít agree with the general opinion.

"If you think this is a tad too expensive, donít buy it!"
And that was the point of my post. I thought that $18 was too expensive for a mini live album that wasnít the full show. Iíll wait for the full release and then I will gladly purchase it.

Good day

More Memorable Than Expected
:: Posted by kevinz on December 13, 2014

Although it was truly wonderful that E. "Doc" Smith included the Mighty Beastís San Fran show in his tops of the year list, his memory seemed to flow into the KC wish list mode with his inclusion of "Fracture" as part of their repertoire.  Also, I donít recall KC performing in NY this past June.  Trust me, had the band been in NY in June, I wouldíve been well aware of that.  And speaking of, it has been far too long since King Crimson has played in New York.  I mean, "only" 6 shows a long 3 months ago is unacceptable!  (Those memories for me are quite fresh today regardless.)

:: Posted by thecapitolcardiff1971 on December 13, 2014

Does anyone else think that Robertís wifeís voice and sisterís voice are uncannily alike?

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