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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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#KC2014 - New York Redux
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Sep 22, 2014
Here's some thoughts on the last four nights in New York by King Crimson. Elsewhere another great gallery of snaps from Tony Levin over at his website. 


#KC2014 - More Madison Tickets
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Sep 22, 2014
The Barrymore Theater in Madison have released an extra twenty tickets for tomorrow’s otherwise sold out show. Get ’em quick before they’re gone! 


#KC2014 - Caption Competition
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Sep 20, 2014
Here's a fab picture from Tony Levin's website that is calling out for a caption.



The rules are simple. Think of a witty caption, stick it on the guestbook headed CAPTION COMPETITION, and on September 26th a member of the crew will figure out which one makes him laugh the most. The lucky winner shall receive a download from the DGMLive archives of their choice. One caption per person only so make it count!


#KC2014 - Tony's Take On NYC
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Sep 20, 2014
There's another set of great photos from the first couple of days in New York by Tony Levin. Check out Tony's website here. 


#KC2014 - NYC Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Sep 20, 2014
The latest incarnation of King Crimson gets the thumbs up from the New York Times’ Jon Pareles, who observes "as cerebral as King Crimson’s music is, with its mandatory virtuosity and its mathematical systems within systems, what comes across first and last is fury." Read the whole review here.

Elsewhere, The Day thought  "The songs built and evoked a twirling, brooding, almost suffocating sense of anguish, dark power, seething energy and frenetic tension that, in a sum-is-greater-than-the-parts context, gradually produced a crescendo effect of wonder and awe." Read it all here.


40 Extra Tickets Per Night In New York
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 19, 2014
40 extra tickets per night for King Crimson's sold out run at New York's Best Buy Theatre have just been released by the venue. Once these tickets are snapped there will be no more to be had - so grab them quick if you want to see The Beast stomp NYC flat. Do it!


#KC2014 - Boston Sublime
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 19, 2014
Tony Levin might well have excelled himself with this gallery of sublime photographs from King Crimson's two night stay in Boston. 


#KC2014 - Rattling The Window Panes In NYC
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 18, 2014
Here's some snaps of King Crimson soundchecking earlier this afternoon...


















Ltd Edition Poster For Sale In NYC
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 18, 2014
There's a limited edition poster for sale on each of the night's in New York. Hard to make out in this pic snapped in the gloomy light of the pre-show foyer but in the flesh it's a handsome devil to be sure.



The elements lithograph is limited to 100 copies per night at an elemental price of $40. Check in with Adrian Holmes on the merch table to nab your copy but be quick!

King Crimson on iTunes
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 18, 2014
Three albums from King Crimson's catalogue are to be made available for iTunes on September 30th. They are: 1969's In The Court Of The Crimson King, 1973's Larks' Tongues In Aspic and 1974's Red. As you can see from the links these downloads are based on the 40th Anniversary Edition series, expanded with extra tracks and digital booklet.


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