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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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Copenhagen Gallery
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Sep 25, 2016
Tony Levin has added a gallery of pictures from the band's time in Copenhagen.



Check them out here.

KC's Successful Set
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Sep 25, 2016
Here's two snaps from the RFcam taken from last night's gig in Copenhagen that show what can happen when music and people get together in the same place. 

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Headline Act
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Sep 24, 2016
Thanks to Deborah Mastelotto who spotted this headline.



As Jakko wryly observed "Headline writers of Danish broadsheets appear to have a different sensibility to their UK equivalents!"

Jakko's Guitar Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 23, 2016
Jakko Jakszyk takes readers on a quick guided tour around some of the guitars  around his studio in this article.



More Music From Stuttgart & Berlin
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 22, 2016
Here's another couple of selections hot off the desk from the current European tour.

From Stuttgart 9th September: One More Red Nightmare





From Berlin 12th September: Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part II



Starless On Youtube
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 21, 2016
There's a new video up at the KC Youtube channel. Taken directly from the Radical Action release, you can sample the delights of Starless.

In the unlikely event you missed the release when it was first announced, here it is again.

Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind is the title of a new multi-disc set from King Crimson scheduled for release on 2nd September.

Taken from the 2015 tours of the UK, Canada & Japan, Radical Action represents the most comprehensive release for this incarnation of King Crimson and will be available as a 3cd/1blu-ray set, and in a 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition.

Radical Action features every song and piece performed by Pat Mastelotto, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp and as Fripp commented last month while supervising mixing, “This is King Crimson… re-imagined.”



For the 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition go here:
Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

For the 3cd/1blu-ray set go here:
Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

Outage
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 21, 2016
And we're back - apologies to everyone for the outage for the last few hours  caused by gremlins in the servers. 


Downloads From Stuttgart & Berlin Available
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 16, 2016
There are two more tracks from the current European tour to download.

First up, from Stuttgart, 8th September is Starless.




Next up, Level Five in Berlin, 11th September




King Collider
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 16, 2016
So what does Tony Levin get up to on a day off? He makes a beeline straight to the nearest Large Hadron Collider, of course.



 Check out a fascinating account of Tony's visit to CERN here.

Who Killed Haydn?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 16, 2016
Although it’s old news, it’s worth repeating and sharing once again. Pianist and conductor, Christian Zacharias stopped playing in the middle of Haydn’s Piano Concerto, interrupted by a cell phone ringing for the second time the same concert. In this short video he talks about the impact that such an interruption can have for both performer and listener. Thanks to kleindorf for the link. 


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