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:: Posted by Mikhail664 on October 21, 2014
I donít know if RF remembers me but I joined around 2007 when I heard crim and kept nagging RF to rejoin the band and stop writing diaries to which I got a lot of sarcastic responses by him. The band rejoined in 2008 to play a few shows which I was most eager to see but could not go to as I lived up in Canada. Well its 2014 and I decided to save the money and drive down to see them in Albany.
It felt stupid driving six hours just to see a band but on the way back I couldnt have been more content. I was pissed at the decision for excluding Belew and brining back horns, it felt like such as step back as I really thought the guitar only approach was a step forward in Crims music. Also I wasnít a big fan of Jakko, sure he was talented didnít think he was Crim material as Adrian Belew is one of the few few few musicians who can transcend generations, from Bowie to Zappa to NIN and Porcupine Tree.
Again Fripp proved me wrong with his choice and it made perfect sense seeing the band live, this show never felt like a regurgitation of hits or trying to be hip and young again as KC has always managed to stay relevant. These shows felt like a celebration of KCís music and its philosophy from the old from the new, couldnít have asked for a more perfect and varied setlist, although it would have been interesting to see a few more renditions of 80s and 90s material. Regardless I felt privileged to hear One More Red Nightmare and Starless being played live infront of audiences for the first time and in over 40 years respectively. Both Jakko and Mel were perfect, I feared they would take over the music to much but like everyone in the band they were only in service to the music. Horns and flutes added nice touches to THE Construkction of Light. Although the Red drumbeat and flute in the solo did not strike as big of a chord to me. Jakko proved to be a capable guitarist doing hte fast runs on LTPA and thank god he didnít sing Adrianís part as it doesnít suit his personality, as a lot of Kcrim material doesnít suit Adeís American demeanor.
Canít thank Fripp enought for this moment, you can go back to writing your boring diaries and winning lawsuits again :)
the other live shows?
:: Posted by Undisciplined on October 21, 2014
So, who else is going to see Stick Men and/or Adrian Belew Power Trio?
2014 Tour Downloads
:: Posted by UnusualMuse on October 21, 2014
I was fortunate to be present (both literally and, to at least some degree, figuratively) at the first San Francisco show... and it was incredible. Having thoroughly enjoyed the experience of "recording with my eyes and ears," now that that experience has passed I would love having a document of that very enjoyable performance, any and all clams and warts included and welcomed. I have heard that the second night in SF had some technical difficulties that actually resulted in an interesting on-the-fly adaptation by Mr. Levin that I, as a bassist, would love to hear. I should add: In addition to a desire to respect the wishes of the performers, the "being a present witness/participant" aspect of the evening was aided by the knowledge that I would be able to purchase a download of the eveningís performance at some later date; I certainly hope that will be the case.
Starless Boxx ZŁrich
:: Posted by fhc339835 on October 21, 2014
Very good alternative solution for LoMD-Mincer-LoMD!
levin's concert photography
:: Posted by johannes on October 21, 2014
In the words of Blake, "He who binds to himself a joy/Does the winged life destroy." Who can say whether the applause at the end of the King Crimson concerts might have resulted in something truly remarkable if Tony Levin had resisted the impulse to "capture" the images of the audience with his camera? Sadly, now we will never know.
Perhaps a salutary lesson might be given if, the next time Levinís flash goes off from the stage, the audients would suddenly cease their uproar and silently file from the concert hall?
(Sorry, couldnít resist...)
You're forgetting of course that Tony has the photo pass
turntables / wall plaques
:: Posted by nighthealer on October 21, 2014
The splendid turntables have given me a idea for some merchandise. How about wall plaques of the Discipline & LTIA covers, about 12" in diameter? I would definitely buy them!
:: Posted by jhessel on October 20, 2014
At first I thought the idea of 3 drummers was absurd and indulgent. Then I let go of the negativity and bought tickets. The three drummer set up, especially with the drummers out front, was so unique and refreshing, I gained such an appreciation of the talent and creativity of these 3 men.
Not to short shrift anyone else in the band whose talents and creativity are well documented, but there was something really special about the drummers and they way they played so well together. I think in the diary Robert Fripp said something like, itís okay not to play, and that really gave everyone the space they needed. So thankful to see these shows!
And Mel Collins was an added bonus!!
Highlights were all over the place, but sitting in the first row on Saturday in NYC and listening to Bill Reiflin play the Sailors Tale is my favorite memory of the show. My good friend next to me is still talking about Starless.
I also bought a hat!
I think the confusion about downloads is caused by the Elements tour link which has a column for Audio Downloads for every night including the rehearsals. Wouldnít that be awesome!
If you buy the tour box (highly recommended) you will get some recordings of this new Crimson along with some great older stuff.
And thanks to Tony Levin for taking my picture!
Boston Night 2
:: Posted by username1 on October 20, 2014
I havenít seen as many people writing about this concert, which is unfortunate as it was extremely good.
"Larksí Tongues in Aspic I" was a great way to start. The percussion intro was executed perfectly, and Melís saxophone (and flute) fit the piece well. "Level Five" kept the momentum going. "A Scarcity of Miracles" was very good as well, but it sort of killed the momentum built by the first two songs.
Next was "Pictures of a City" with a short percussion intro. The arrangement was changed quite a bit, and the three drummers created a lot of sonic space for the rest of the band to play within. I especially loved the fills right before the vocal sections.
Iíve never liked Islands as much as King Crimsonís other albums (although I still find it to be rather good), so I wasnít expecting much from "The Letters" or "Sailorís Tale." Not only did they sound far better than they do on the album, but they were some of the best performances of the night.
"The ConstruKction of Light" was slightly altered to include a flute-based section. It was different, but without standing out as something thatís out of place. "Red" was great, especially the addition of the flute played over the bass solo. That was, for me, as good as the addition of the saxophone to LTiA1. "One More Red Nightmare" was perhaps the low point of the concert for me, although thatís probably because everything else was so good.
"VROOM," "The Talking Drum," and "Larksí Tongues in Aspic II" went together well.
My favorite version of "Starless" has always been the one from CD1 of The Great Deceiver. The Boston performance came close, if it wasnít as good. Melís saxophone was great, and Robertís guitar intro was as good as the violin in the older recordings.
After "Starless," the band left the stage. When they came back, there was a short percussion intro followed by the best rendition of "21st Century Schizoid Man" Iíve ever heard. There was so much energy in the performance despite being at the end of the set. I usually hate drum solos, but Gavinís solo was amazing and didnít take away from the song as a whole.
There were a few things I didnít like about the concert, but they are extremely minor (such as the level of vocal distortion during "Schizoid Man" or the guitar tone in LTiA2).
Overall, not only was the music played very well, and with amazing intensity, but it all felt new. They took songs that people know, and continued to adapt and improve them. Every King Crimson line-up before has done this, and to me itís a defining trait of the band. I really hope there is a new album or something released by this incarnation of the band. I also hope that there are downloads and/or another tour, not just so I can hear the music again, but so other people can as well. They have, once again, continued to push new boundaries and do things it seems only King Crimson can do in a way that sounds good.
Starless and Bible Black Vinyl?
:: Posted by abunai on October 20, 2014
Since I didnít think there was quite enough comments on here about new and upcoming releases, I wanted to ask if there are any plans of re-releasing S&BB on vinyl in the future?
Also is the vinyl/3D Blu-Ray bundle of all the shows from the Elements Tour coming out this week? (just kidding!!!)
There will be a vinyl edition of Starless & Bible Black scheduled at some point
Stick Men are THE Man!
:: Posted by drewkahn on October 20, 2014
I couldnít figure my old ID so made a new one. I discovered KC in 1982 at 13. Was at two of the Best Buy shows and did as I hoped get to Iridium with my 10-year-old son (and sometimes band-mate) to be wowed by the magic of Markus, Tony and Pat...hoped to meet them apres and more importantly to give my son a chance to do the same. Mission accomplished. The performance was obviously tremendous, and a treat in such a room. But I am posting to let the men know what an impression they made on my kid, signing CDs, taking pictures, giving him props for being into music so young, etc. As I was fortunate to do because of my fatherís involvement in the biz, I am doing with my kids which is exposing them to music of all kinds early...my son has seen KISS and Stick Men this year...as he has eaten McDonaldís and Michelin stars too. My daughter is close behind and wants to be a drummer. Wife is a flautist. I muck about on anything with strings, skins, or buttons. My point is that my kids might like to jump around to Miley when they play with friends but they drum to Thrak in the car. To MEET some of those players pretty much blew his mind and will no doubt be remembered for life when the 1D and Miley records have been long forgotten. So in a word or two - THANK YOU Stick Men. On Saturday in NYC you were "da man" ;) And now about 200 5th graders in Connecticut will hear all about it today...
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