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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 - A kCaption kCompetition WINNER
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Aug 30, 2014
A few days ago we asked you to provide a caption to a photograph taken by KC Guitar tech hero, Biff. Today I asked Biff to pick the one that made him smirk, guffaw or generally tickle his funny bone.




"Let me get this straight, you are seriously trying to tell me
the goat ate my guitar?"


That was sent in by Clockgate, who wins a download of his choice from the DGMLive library.  Many thanks to everyone who took part. There'll be another caption competition next week.



#KC2014 - More Photos Please
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Aug 30, 2014
Here's some more photos taken by Trev Wilkins of the team at work in Applehead.

Trev writes: Looks like we're finally in full 'GO' mode after installing the UK Switchblade. Robert now has everything as it should be after a few days of using a limited set of controls. I have to say though he was very patient and understanding throughout considering he'd got such restrictions. Currently wading through finding the best way to back up the Switchblade without losing anything. We have a new one that needs programming as a backup. Onwards!



Around the studio...















A many-handed beast of bass terror spotted by Biff...



The many-handed beast of bass terror isn't the only wildlife around the place. This snake was safely dispatched by tour manager, Dave Salt. (neither Dave nor the snake were harmed during its removal).



Meanwhile, the Crims are locked in deep discussions...



#KC2014 Robert Talks To Toyah
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 28, 2014
Toyah Willcox has posted a snippet of conversation with her husband, Robert wherein he chats about the current rehearsals and Kate Bush's return to active service. Click here to eavesdrop! 


#KC2014 Robert's Diary Backdated
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 28, 2014
Fans of a certain rabbit who’ve been wondering how the old bun is getting on need wonder no more as Robert has updated his diary - oh there’s a few other things mentioned as well. 


#KC2014 - A kCaption kCompetition
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 27, 2014
There’s a chance to win one download of your choice from the vast library of archive recordings here on DGMLive. The rules are simple: the caption to the following photograph that makes me snort my tea through my nose and all over my screen gets the prize. You only get one go so make it count and post your answer on the guestbook. The winner will be announced on Saturday 30th. OK, without further ado here’s the pic you want to caption...




pic by Biff Blumfumgagnge

#KC2014 - Crimson, Gremlins & Goats!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 27, 2014
Here’s some more photographs from the King Crimson rehearsals taking place at Applehead Studios.



Not everything is going to plan as Trev explains "Fending off the gremlins. Complicated electronic problems with the Sirius Probe and equipment failure has made the first few days tough. We’re now flying some of the UK gear out and have ordered some replacement units. The Eventide guys are also on the case with us so on we go."




The team at work...





Time for refreshments...



Back to work...



The new crew arrives...



Switching over to the BiffCam...



Anyone up for a spot of Pet Sounds?




#KC2014 - Careful With That Axe, Jakko
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 27, 2014
There's been a bit of a stir created by the appearance of Jakko Jakszyk's stunning PRS custom-made guitar at the KC rehearsals this week. Here's the official portrait of a familiar face...





#KC2014 Robert's Diary Updated
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Aug 26, 2014
In between attempts to revive an ailing Sirius Probe and shopping for nuts and fruit, Robert has found time to update his dairy and he takes us into the thick of the current KC rehearsals. Check it out here. 


#KC2014 KC rehearsals Stateside
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Aug 26, 2014
Trev Wilkins has posted some more pics of the Crims as they prepare for next month’s tour.


































#KC2014 Tee
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Aug 26, 2014
Here's the first pic of the #KC2014 Tee shirt in the wild which dedicated Crimheads will be wearing at the forthcoming KC tour.



This handsome fella belongs to the equally handsome Tony Isch who'll be proudly sporting it at the Vic Theatre in Chicago on Sept 26th. You can get yours at the Inner Knot shop.

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