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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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King Crimson's On (and off) The Road Unboxed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Oct 23, 2016
Fancy a whistle-stop tour of the latest King Crimson 19 disc boxed set, On (and off)The Road? Get on board here.

You can order the box from Inner Knot (USA)  and from Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

Stick Mel In Japan
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Oct 20, 2016
Stick Men have announced they are playing in Japan next year and will be joined by special guest, Mel Collins.

Details on Osaka show here.
Details on Tokyo show here.

This gig follows on from last year’s Japanese shows when Stick Men teamed up ex-King Crimson violinist, David Cross. You can hear and buy the results of that collaboration here.

Follow The Money
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Oct 19, 2016
Spinal Tap's Harry Shearer announced this week that he is taking legal action against UMG owners, Vivendi, accusing them of “fraudulent accounting for revenues from music copyrights.” You can find out more by visiting Harry's website, Fairness Rocks for more details on the action.

Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Oct 17, 2016
Mister Stormy's Monday Selection features a newly uploaded video performance of the Robert Fripp String Quintet from their appearance on Japanese TV in 1992. Check out the video here. You can download the full audio here.  

Cross & Keeling
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Oct 17, 2016
David Cross and Andrew Keeling have released a new track. Featuring Keeling on organ and flute and Cross on electric violin, the piece is entitled October Is Marigold, you can buy it from their bandcamp page.  

Heroic Reporting
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Oct 15, 2016
As David Bowie's Heroes makes a return to the KC setlist of late, Rolling Stone have produced a short piece on the making of the track, with some contributions from RF. Read it here.  

Radical T
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 14, 2016
Want to be the envy of friends, family and awe-struck passers-by? Why not pre-order your Radical Action tour T-shirt.

Richard Palmer-James' Takeaway
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 14, 2016
Best known to Crimheads for his lyrics to Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Starless And Bible Black and Red, Richard Palmer-James has released his debut solo album, Takeaway.

Thus sayeth the blurb...

Supertramp founding member & King Crimson songwriter Richard Palmer-James has released his debut solo album “Takeaway”! An English songwriter & guitarist, Richard is best known for having written lyrics to several songs by the progressive rock group King Crimson in the early 1970s. 

Says Richard, “Having spent the last few decades writing words for other people to sing, and thus being obliged to comply with the ambitions and sensibilities of others, I wanted to present a collection of songs that are uncompromisingly my own.

“I've been trying them out in club and pub appearances as a singer/songwriter, and they seem to work, but I'm very curious to see what sort of reaction this album production, which was realised with the indispensable help of a few talented colleagues from the Munich music scene, might elicit.

“The recordings differ stylistically from most of the stuff I worked on as a hired hand - probably because I enjoy playing acoustic instruments and writing pieces which involve storytelling.”

Richard Palmer-James got his start in the music business playing in various Bournemouth bands: The Corvettes, The Palmer-James Group (formed with Alec James), Tetrad, and Ginger Man, all of which also included John Wetton on bass and vocals.

He was a founding member of Supertramp; he played guitar, sang vocals and wrote the lyrics for their self-titled debut album under the name Richard Palmer and co-wrote the lyrics of the song “Goldrush”, a song written during his days in the band and finally recorded on their 2002 album “Slow Motion”.

Richard wrote lyrics for three of King Crimson's albums: “Larks' Tongues in Aspic”, “Starless and Bible Black”, and “Red”. He did not participate in any of King Crimson's recordings, but worked with John Wetton and David Cross after Robert Fripp disbanded the group in 1974.

In 1978 Richard was visited by John Wetton and W.J. Hutcheson, who were his bandmates in Tetrad, and they recorded as “Jack-Knife” an album with the German drummer Curt Cress in 10 days called “I Wish You Would”. He also wrote the English lyrics for the Italo Disco inventors La Bionda.

In 1997 he released a CD with former bandmate John Wetton under the title “Monkey Business”, a compilation of unreleased material including some songs that were recorded for the first time in studio, like a King Crimson tune called “Doctor Diamond”.  In 2015 “I Wish You Would” and “Monkey Business” were released together as a twofer and that continues to be available.

Today Richard makes his living mainly as a lyricist and performing on guitar live. In support of his new album, Richard Palmer-James will be playing showcase concerts in the UK and Germany. You can buy Takeaway at Amazon or via iTunes.

New Download From Stockholm
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Oct 13, 2016
Here's another download from the recent European tour.

September 30th 2016, Hell Hounds Of Krim

Drum Head
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Oct 13, 2016
Here's a shot of Alex 'Stormy' Mundy with his Radical Action drum head proudly in place. "I say in place, technically, I have a 16" Kick, but the KC head is 20" so it normally hangs on the wall of my drum room."

Alex wonders how many other drummers picked one of these splendid KC drum heads? Although there's no prize if you fancy sharing then send your pix to competitions@dgmlive.com

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