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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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Japan 2000 Tour Bundle Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 9, 2016
All eleven gigs from King Crimson's Japanese tour in 2000 are now available to download either as a bundle or as individual shows. The tour which began on October 2nd and finished on October 16th, costs just $48 FLAC and $36 MP3.


Be Careful What You Wish For
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 9, 2016
Writer Michael Rosen recalls his experience of interviewing Robert Fripp in 1973 here


Robert Fripp String Quintet in Japan
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Feb 5, 2016
Alex Mundy has selected two more toe-tapping numbers from those plectrum-picking popsters, the Robert Fripp String Quintet in Japan. Click here to watch and listen.


Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 1, 2016
King Crimson’s stay in Copenhagen has been extended to take in another concert. The band will be playing an extra show on Saturday 24th September at Falkoner, Copenhagen. Tickets are on sale now here.



The full tour dates are as follows

Sun 4th Sept    Friars Aylesbury  Friars at the Waterside Theatre UK
Mon 5th Sept    Friars Aylesbury  Friars at the Waterside Theatre UK
Thu 8th Sept   Stuttgart, Beethoven-Saal, Germany 
Fri 9th Sept     Stuttgart, Beethoven-Saal, Germany 
Sun 11th Sept     Berlin, Admiralpalast, Germany
Mon 12th Sept  Berlin, Admiralpalast, Germany
Wed 14th Sept Prague, Forum Karlin, Czech Republic
Thur 15th Sept Prague, Forum Karlin, Czech Republic
Sat 17th Sept, Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland   
Sun 18th Sept,   Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland   
Tue 20th Sept,     Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland
Wed 21st Sept Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland
Fri 23rd Sept     Copenhagen, Falkoner, Denmark
Sat 24th Sept     Copenhagen, Falkoner, Denmark
Mon 26th Sept    Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway
Tue 27th Sept    Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway
Wed 28th Sept Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway


Crimson! Album Launch & Pre-Order
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 28, 2016
Crimson! - a collaboration between the Delta Saxophone Quartet and pianist Gwilym Simcock featuring arrangements of King Crimson material and an original piece by Simcock, -  is now available for pre-order here.



The album features an original Simcock composition, A Kind Of Red and his arrangements of five King Crimson pieces: Two Hands, The Great Deceiver, The Night Watch, Dinosaur and VROOOM / Coda Marine 475.

Simcock and the DSQ will also be performing the album on February 9th at the Pizza Express, London. The album will be available from February 26th.

Keith Tippett Solo Album
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 28, 2016
Keith Tippett, who contributed to In The Wake Of Poseidon, Lizard and Islands, has a new solo album out.



Keith's very excited about the release which was recorded live in Piacenza, Italy, he told me yesterday. "It was in a marvelous recital room and there was a full twenty seconds of silence at the end of the piece. It was wonderful." You can get the limited edition album here.


Fripp On Weird Album Shock!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 28, 2016
The readers of Mojo have nominated their 50 Weirdest Albums and up there in 4th place is Van Der Graaf Generator's 1971 classic, Pawn Hearts, which also includes some tasty licks from Robert Fripp.


Mr.Mundy's Tuesday Tickle
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 26, 2016
Alex Mundy has been digging around the vaults and has come up with a previously unheard piece from King Crimson's 2004 writing sessions. The piece in question, Mellow II features a rather laid-back kinda Crim. Check it out here.


America's Greatest Innovation?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 26, 2016
Vernon Reid nominates the electric guitar as America's greatest innovation and name checks a certain guitarist as a pioneer of the instrument in this radio piece.


Warning Sign
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 24, 2016
My thanks to Stahlhofen, who spotted this on the interweb...



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