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The Return of King Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 19, 2007

Ending weeks of speculation in various online communities, Robert Fripp has revealed in his latest online diary that drummer Gavin Harrison (of Porcupine Tree) will be joining King Crimson.

The band will be playing a series of live dates in Chicago’s Park West – most recently the venue to RF and the LoCG appearance in the windy city.  Fripp notes “Park West is a fave venue, and one I have been working for 27 years. The LCG were here in 1989 & 1990…This is also the venue where, according to our current plans for King Crimson’s return to active-service in 2008, preparatory to the 40th. Anniversary Celebration of 2009, The Beast Of Crim will be playing a 4-night residency in August 2008 with KC’s third double-drumming formation.

The first formation: Jamie Muir & Bill Bruford (1972-73);
the second formation: Pat Mastelotto & Bill Bruford (1994-97);
the third formation: Pat Mastelotto & Gavin Harrison.

A fourth double-drumming formation, of 1981-84 (Adrian & Billy B), doesn’t quite count as Adrian’s primary focus was in the front line.”

Harrison is one of the most respected drummers of his generation, adding a prodigious technique to the work of Porcupine Tree as well collaborating with Jakko Jakszyk on The Bruised Romantic Glee Club, and most recently, Drop – an album with bassist and singer, 05Ric and also featuring contributions from Fripp. Some may recall Drop was featured as a DGMLive giveaway (see my review on the blog), perhaps hinting at Harrison's proposed involvement. Only DGMLive  regular, Chocolatefireguard, spotted the listing on King Crimson's myspace site: the top four musicians have been there for a couple of months now.

More details will be announced regarding  rehearsal schedules and ticket availability as soon as we get them.


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Four Go Forth For Five
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 25, 2015
Last year bassists Julie Slick and Marco Machera released an album entitled Fourth Dementia (which you can sample here). Julie and Marco are about to undertake a short tour of the east coast of the USA. They'll be joined by Pat Mastelotto and guitarist, Tim Motzer.



The dates are:
27 Jan - Gypsy Sally’s, Washington DC
28 Jan - 8x10, Baltimore, MD
29 Jan - NJ Proghouse, Dunellen, NJ
30 Jan - Hard Rock Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
31 Jan - Spectrum, New York City, NY


Fripp For Homework
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 25, 2015
My thanks to Sean H for sending in this link from The Guardian in which Robert Fripp's music is recommended as an aide to studying and homework. "The whole idea is not to let the head drop. Brian Eno may be an obvious choice, but let’s throw in his one-time collaborator, the magnificent Robert Fripp as another option. His At The End Of Time album is a masterstroke: he creates a symphony in sound, and takes you on a trip intense enough to get any piece of work rocking in the right direction. Check out Cerys Mathew's piece in full here.


David Cross Talks Starless Starlight
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 23, 2015
You can watch David Cross talking about the background and inspiration of his forthcoming album, Starless Starlight, right here. The music for the new album, David explains, was inspired after hearing the download of  Robert Fripp's appearance at Blueberry Hill, in St.Louis in 2006. It was here where the guitarist unexpectedly played a variation on the Starless theme amidst his usual soundscapes concert. If you've not heard it, do yourself a favour and take grab this concert.


Crimson On The Menu
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 23, 2015
My thanks to several folks who spotted this tasty but tangential sighting in the UK press this week. 


Lams' Long Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 22, 2015
Bert Lams of the California Guitar Trio has a new recording project underway of music by Gurdjieff and De Hartmann but needs your support. Find out how you can get involved by heading over to the website. 


Live At The Orpheum At Home 4 - 6
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 22, 2015
There's a bumper crop of photos of folks and their copies of Live At The Orpheum hitting the in-box at the moment. So here's a few for the price of one.

First up, Kevin O' Sullivan of West Sussex, who writes "KC tee, KC cd, KC guitar, KC crimhead..."



Jonathan Block in the USA offers this screen shot of the album in his home...




and finally a selfie from Fernando Lobo in the Netherlands...




Gavin Harrison - Cheating The Polygraph
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 19, 2015
Gavin Harrison has a new solo album out soon. Gavin broke the news via his Facebook page. "My new album will be released early April (Kscope records). Amazing arrangements of many of my favourite Porcupine Tree songs. I've been working on this for 5 years and it features some of the World's best contemporary Jazz players."



Mister Stormy's Blue Mundy
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 19, 2015
They say you can pick your friends but you can't pick your family. However, a glance at Mr.Stormy's fingers on his brother's T-shirt suggest this old saying may not be entirely true!



Blue Mundy and Stormy Mundy

Orpheum Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 18, 2015
Here's another take on the Live At The Orpheum album, reviewed over at The Progressive Aspect. 


Live At The Orpheum At Home 3
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 18, 2015
My thanks to Duncan Gardiner, of Epsom in Surrey, for sending in this snap of a KC-loving Dalek.





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