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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 2016 European Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 25, 2015
King Crimson will be touring Europe next year. The band return to Aylesbury once again but from there will play countries not included in the 2015 itinerary.  It will be the first time King Crimson have performed in Germany,  Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark and Norway since 2003.

King Crimson European Tour 2016

Sunday 4th Sept    Aylesbury  Waterside Theatre UK

Monday 5th Sept    Aylesbury  Waterside Theatre UK

Thursday 8th Sept   Stuttgart, Beethoven-Saal, Germany 

Sunday 11th Sep     Berlin, Admiralpalast, Germany

Wednesday 14th Sept Prague, Forum Karlin, Czech Republic

Saturday 17th Sept, Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland   

Sunday 18th Sept,   Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland   

Tuesday 20th Sept,     Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland

Wednesday 21st Sept Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland

Friday 23rd Sept     Copenhagen, Falkoner, Denmark

Monday 26th Sept    Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway

Tuesday 27th Sept    Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway

Please note that Aylesbury tickets will go on sale Saturday 5th December at 10.00 a.m.

All other tickets will go on sale Friday 27th November

KC: Handle With Care
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 25, 2015
My thanks to Albemuth for spotting this review of the Crims in action in Canada. There's also this review of the band in Montreal.

No PussyFooting In Front Of The Camera
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Nov 24, 2015
The month sees the 42nd anniversary of No Pussyfooting by Fripp & Eno. As good as the music is, it also comes in a stunning cover. Here's the backstory on how it came about. 

The Team In Toronto
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Nov 24, 2015
Tony Levin has a great selection of photographs taken of the team during their three nights in Toronto here. 

New Additions To The KC Archive
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Nov 24, 2015
Writing on Facebook, Robert notes that the King Crimson archive, both audio and video, continues to grow. "Road Dog Wilkins is the KC technician with responsibility for the archive viddying and audifying of King Crimson performances. These archives will be assembled and addressed at DGM World HQ with a view to making available whatever material best represents The Seven Headed Beast Of Crim in its Journeying Unto Joy.

There is no specific DVD or live album release currently in the calendar. It has taken Mr. Stormy approximately 17 years to put the DGM archive into a sortable, workable and available condition. And now here’s a pile more stuff. But best guess is, the Venal Impulse will triumph in 2017 and put-upon innocents will be encouraged to hand over their hard-earned pay..."

David Singleton In Canada
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 23, 2015
David Singleton will be giving pre-gig talks at King Crimson's forthcoming shows in Vancouver and Victoria.

Covering his work with King Crimson since the 90s, The Vicar and beyond, the talks provide a fascinating and illuminating insights into the soundworld of DGM that will be of interest to Crimheads.

The talks take place an hour before the advertised start of the King Crimson gigs and are free but must be booked in advance by emailing indeg@dgmhq.com

You'll need to specify which night you'll want to attend:
Thursday 26th
Friday 27th


Sunday 29th

King Calgary
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 23, 2015
With Toronto behind them, King Crimson are moving on to next part of the tour.

Tue 24th Nov Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall

Fresh from the FrippCam.

The Crims arrive in Calgary 22nov2015 c.16.56...




Taking Notice...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Nov 22, 2015
From Robert’s camera...

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto;
Friday 21st. November, 2015 c. 17.23...



Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto;
Friday 21st. November, 2015 c. 23.16...







Toronto Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 21, 2015
Here's a review of the November 19th show in Toronto.

And some commentary on the above review from Robert.

..."well-executed and intricately composed music needs more than technical mastery to make it sing."

agreed. it needs both players and audients coming together with goodwill, present in the moment, that they might welcome in and become parents to the Music. otherwise, the notes remain not much more than DNA. my views on this night's performance are already available for those with any interest.

"A tour based on a "best of" album, in this case King Crimson's Elements, can be a pretty safe bet, musically and in performance."

firstly, this is not a tour based on any album.
secondly, safe bet? not on Planet Crimson! playing this music in this KC is like walking through a minefield with friends.

The View From Stage Left
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 21, 2015
This was the view from the stage left guitarist last night.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Toronto:
Friday 20th. November 2015 c. 22.54...



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