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Buzzkill recording
:: Posted by emory0 on September 29, 2014

"Please do not talk down to us and and drop that buzz kill recording"

I really disagree there. Of course, it shouldnít be necessary to have such a recording: I go to classical and other performances pretty regularly and (almost) NEVER see idiots recording, etc... But at rock "shows" I see it all the time and it is distracting. So without the warning there are certainly clueless idiots who will take that as an excuse to pretend they didnít know, so theyíll whip out that phone with the glowing little screen.

So even though itís a bit of a buzzkill, I feel like the recording greatly decreases the odds of an even bigger buzzkill coming down.

Caption competition
:: Posted by Ratch1 on September 29, 2014

"Bespoke means trousers included, Tony" 

The Vic Show Sept. 26
:: Posted by 21stcenturyD on September 29, 2014

Drove from 300 miles from St. Louis to see the show. I was super excited for weeks to see you guys. I will say I am one of the 50+ crowd ,and did not appreciate the lecture about NO PHOTOS. I felt it was an extremely unnecessary recording and a buzz kill, as well as not being able to purchase drinks  barely after the show started.

I thought the show was over-all good. I wonder why it was nearly 45 minutes before vocals? I also thought three drummers were a bit too much, and I am a drummer. I wanted to hear Mr. Fripp better, and the drums seemed to overpower the rest of the band.

I am a big fan and wanted to get a photo or two at the end of the show, since Tony was taking pictures of the audience. I canít speak for the rest of the crowd, but my memory is not what it once was, and a few pics without flash, should not bother a professional band such as yours. I did respect your wishes, but was disappointed.

All in all, I tried to get a ticket to Saturdays show in vain, but listened a bit from the alley. You sounded better than the show I saw Friday. 21st Century was still in my brain even today so thank you.

Please take note. The fans are paying big money to see shows. Please do not talk down to us and and drop that buzz kill recording


A Neurosurgeon Screaming for More...
:: Posted by JBeerLTIA on September 29, 2014

I am a little late in my review, but to put this in to words is already near impossible. When I first heard news of the tour, I was so ecstatic, I didnít even know what to think. I immediately got tickets.

Madison wasnít my first choice, but being a 23 year old with a tight budget, it was more economical than Chicago, and either way being a long drive coming from Fort Wayne, IN (which by the way, think about the Embassy Theatre, Mr. Salt, should you lads do another pass through in the future). Madison, in itself was a great town, a lot of good, local food, and we even found a Ma and Pa pet store to spoil our dogs.

The Barrymore Theatre is not pretty on the outside. You would think this would be a bad thing, but I have seen the best shows of my life in less-than-asthetically-pleasing venues, so my excitement increased. My girlfriend and I went back to the hotel for drinks and other pre-show preparations. The whole time Iím not there. I canít be. Ever since I have had the fever of the Beast, I knew that would I ever have the chance, I would be beyond containing myself. The fact is, I contained myself, and I felt an anticipation I have never felt before. I was very quiet, only half listening to anything.

Our cab arrived at the Barrymore, and I snapped a picture of the marquee and then promptly turned off my phone. Walking in, I realized how beautiful the place really was, and it did nothing to deter my expectation. My wonderful girlfriend (who has had to put up with this near-obsession and was not asked to do this) bought me $100 dollars worth of DGM goodness. Walking past the Sistery Person, I saw the display of wonderment that was the stage. We sat there, silent. The pre-show announcement loosened me up a bit, but I still couldnít really talk. I fortunately/unfortunately knew what was coming first, and that particular piece is my favorite song of all time. The introduction was a strange, very unexpected way of starting things, and I am wondering why in the hell they never did it that way before. The absence of an introductory soundscape was sorely missed, but this way was probably better.

The build-up to the onslaught of seven musicians literally brought me to tears. I cried during the opening song. The show was jaw-dropping. I never thought there was a single dull moment in the 2 hours we heard. The songs were meant to be heard this way. Nothing is quite album exact, but hearing these re-interpretations, you feel that that was precisely what they were supposed to sound like. Pat was on fire. They all were, of course, but Pat and the perfectly deafing acoustics of the Barrymore made you feel the presence these songs needed. That is not to say that Bill and Gavin were lacking, because they werenít, Pat just happened to be channeling Jaime that night. When the 3 played all together, it was almost like watching a dance routine, if you stared at their arms.

Not much else can be said. The setlist was basically all of my favorites by the band, and I think most of you will feel the same. I wish those of you unable to see this monster, at least be able to download these shows, because seriously, this is the greatest performance I have ever seen. Crimson is not fading whatsoever, I know it in my heart that this band is on to newer, even greater things. I will be the first in line for whatever the Good Fairy brings us.

Oh, and MEL COLLINS!!!!!!!

Late caption
:: 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."

Chicago Vic
:: 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,"  "Sailorís 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, "Whoíd 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 OíHare, 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"!

Tour posters
:: 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!!!!

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