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New King Crimson Line-Up Confirmed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 24, 2013

The 8th incarnation of King Crimson will be Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Mel Collins, Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp.

Writing on his (not yet published) dairy for September 24th Fripp notes "The Point Of Crim-Seeing was of a conventional Back Line – Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Tony Levin and Pat Matstelotto - reconfigured as the Front Line, with Mel Collins, Jakko Jakszyk and myself as Back Line."

Robert goes on "All the Crims have expressed great excitement at the return to Go! mode. Given the considerable commitments of all members, it will take a year before Crimson is able to perform."
 
Bill Rieflin mentioned to me that he told Jacknife Lee (REM and Robbie Williams’ producer) of the triple drumming, and Jacknife’s reply: Of course. We know what two drummers sound like! I’m hoping we’ll find out, and have a pile of fun doing so."

In his (not yet published) diary for September 7th Fripp begins "dear brother crims, we have one year to prepare for action of the savage variety, and be in Go! mode for september 2014… but essentially, King Crimson is in motion."

Robert expects that they’ll be rehearsing, in full and small group formations over that period.


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Beat and Three Of A Perfect Pair October Release
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 26, 2016
Beat and Three Of A Perfect Pair, the second and third installments of King Crimson’s ‘80s trilogy are to be released in October. 



Issued as part of the 40th Anniversary series they both feature new stereo mixes by Robert  Fripp and Steven Wilson on CD and DVD-A, with a new 5.1 surround sound mix by Fripp and Wilson, along with original mixes in hi-res with audio and video extras, on the DVD-A.

Full-tracklistings for both albums and  pre-sale orders through Inner Knot and Burning Shed will be announced in the coming weeks. 



Please note that all material on both Beat and Three Of A Perfect Pair will also feature on the King Crimson boxed set On and Off The Road 1981-1984 also due for release in October 2016.

More details on track listing and pre-order information will follow.


The Crim In Spain - New King Crimson Dates
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 26, 2016
King Crimson have added extra gigs to their 2016 European tour. The dates are as follows:  
Monday 21st November, Palacio de Congresos, Madrid
Tuesday 22nd November, Palacio de Congresos, Madrid
Thursday 24th November, Auditori del Forum, Barcelona
Friday 25th November, Auditori del Forum, Barcelona

Tickets for Madrid and Barcelona will go on sale Friday 3rd June 10.00 a.m.



The full itinerary now looks like this:

Sunday 4th September Friars at the Waterside Theatre
Monday 5th September Friars at the Waterside Theatre
Thursday, 8th September, Beethoven-Saal, Stuttgart
Friday 9th September, Beethoven-Saal, Stuttgart
Sunday 11th September, Admiralpalast, Berlin
Monday 12th September, Admiralpalast, Berlin
Wednesday 14th September, Forum Karlin,Prague
Thursday 15th September, Forum Karlin, Prague
Saturday 17th September, House of Music & Dance, Zabrze
Sunday 18th September, House of Music & Dance, Zabrze
Tuesday 20th September, National Forum Of Music, Wroclaw
Wednesday 21st September, National Forum Of Music, Wroclaw
Friday 23rd September, Falkoner, Copenhagen
Saturday 24th September, Falkoner, Copenhagen
Monday 26th September, Sentrum Scene,Oslo
Tuesday 27th September, Sentrum Scene, Oslo
Wednesday 28th September, Sentrum Scene. Oslo
Friday 30th September, Filadelfiakyrkan, Stockholm
Saturday 1st October, Filadelfiakyrkan. Stockholm
Monday 3rd October, Mehr! Theater, Hamburg
Wednesday 2nd November  Stadsschouwburg Antwerp
Thursday 3rd November Stadsschouwburg Antwerp
Saturday 5th November Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan
Sunday 6th November  Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan
Tuesday 8th November Teatro Verdi, Florence,
Wednesday 9th November Teatro Verdi, Florence,
Friday 11th November Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome
Saturday 12th November Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome
Monday 14th November Teatro Coloseeo, Torino
Tuesday 15th November Teatro Coloseeo, Torino
Thursday 17th November Opéra Garnier, Monte Carlo
Friday 18th November Opéra Garnier, Monte Carlo
Monday 21st November, Palacio de Congresos, Madrid
Tuesday 22nd November, Palacio de Congresos, Madrid
Thursday 24th November, Auditori del Forum, Barcelona
Friday 25th November, Auditori del Forum, Barcelona
Sunday 27th November Le SIlo, Marseille
Wednesday 30th November Museumsquartier, Vienna
Thursday 1st December Museumsquartier, Vienna
Saturday 3rd December Salle Pleyel, Paris
Sunday 4th December Salle Pleyel, Paris


David Cross Album Launch Special
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., May 21, 2016
The David Cross Band will be launching their new album, Sign Of The Crow, at a gig featuring special guest, ex-VdGG sax player, David Jackson in London
on Tuesday August 9th. The show will also feature a rare solo performance by King Crimson lyricist, Richard Palmer-James. 




Thus sayeth the blurb...

The David Cross Band with special guest David Jackson will perform at The Lexington on Tuesday 9th August 7.30 pm. This is the London launch concert for 'Sign of the Crow' the eagerly awaited studio album from the legendary David Cross Band which goes on sale on August 5th.

David Cross: A pioneer of rock violin and former member of the groundbreaking 'Larks' tongues in aspic' incarnation of King Crimson.

David Jackson was in UK Progressive Rock Band Van der Graaf Generator and is famous for his double horn parts and ferocious soloing.

Craig Blundell - one of the world's leading drummers is currently also working with Steve Wilson and Frost*.

The other DCB members are Jinian Wilde - vocals, Mick Paul - bass and Paul Clark - guitar.

The lyrics for ‘Sign of the Crow’ were written by King Crimson lyricist Richard Palmer -James (ex Supertramp) who will also perform a solo set on the evening.

This is a unique and very special prog rock event - to be sure there’s a space for you, book now!

The Lexington 96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB (Angel tube). £12 on the door.



Robert & Toyah Say Thank You
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 19, 2016
Toyah and Robert say Thank You for all the good wishes that have come their way following Robert’s birthday and the couple’s wedding anniversary earlier this week.



More Tour Dates!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 19, 2016
There are new additions to King Crimson’s forthcoming European tour with extra five gigs in Monaco and France. These come on top of those extra dates already announced yesterday.

Thursday 17th November Opéra Garnier, Monte Carlo
Friday 18th November Opéra Garnier, Monte Carlo
Sunday 27th November Le Silo, Marseille
Saturday 3rd December Salle Pleyel, Paris
Sunday 4th December Salle Pleyel, Paris

Tickets for Opéra Garnier, Monte Carlo, go on general sale Monday 30th May
10.00 a.m. CET

Tickets for Le SIlo, Marseille, go on general sale 23rd May
10.00 a.m. CET

Tickets for Salle Pleyel, Paris go on general sale Monday 30th May
10.00 a.m. CET.



So far the revised itinerary looks like this.

Sunday 4th September Friars at the Waterside Theatre
Monday 5th September Friars at the Waterside Theatre
Thursday, 8th September, Beethoven-Saal, Stuttgart
Friday 9th September, Beethoven-Saal, Stuttgart
Sunday 11th September, Admiralpalast, Berlin
Monday 12th September, Admiralpalast, Berlin
Wednesday 14th September, Forum Karlin,Prague
Thursday 15th September, Forum Karlin, Prague
Saturday 17th September, House of Music & Dance, Zabrze
Sunday 18th September, House of Music & Dance, Zabrze
Tuesday 20th September, National Forum Of Music, Wroclaw
Wednesday 21st September, National Forum Of Music, Wroclaw
Friday 23rd September, Falkoner, Copenhagen
Saturday 24th September, Falkoner, Copenhagen
Monday 26th September, Sentrum Scene,Oslo
Tuesday 27th September, Sentrum Scene, Oslo
Wednesday 28th September, Sentrum Scene. Oslo
Friday 30th September, Filadelfiakyrkan, Stockholm
Saturday 1st October, Filadelfiakyrkan. Stockholm
Monday 3rd October, Mehr! Theater, Hamburg
Wednesday 2nd November  Stadsschouwburg Antwerp 
Thursday 3rd November Stadsschouwburg Antwerp
Saturday 5th November Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan
Sunday 6th November  Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan
Tuesday 8th November Teatro Verdi, Florence,
Wednesday 9th November Teatro Verdi, Florence,
Friday 11th November Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome
Saturday 12th November Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome
Monday 14th November Teatro Coloseeo, Torino
Tuesday 15th November Teatro Coloseeo, Torino
Thursday 17th November Opéra Garnier, Monte Carlo
Friday 18th November Opéra Garnier, Monte Carlo
Sunday 27th November Le SIlo, Marseille
Wednesday 30th November Museumsquartier, Vienna
Thursday 1st December Museumsquartier, Vienna
Saturday 3rd December Salle Pleyel, Paris
Sunday 4th December Salle Pleyel, Paris


New Dates For King Crimson Euro Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 18, 2016
King Crimson have added a series of extra concerts to their European tour later this year, taking in Belgium, Italy and Austria. 

Tickets will be going on sale Friday 20th May at 10.00 CET.

Wednesday 2nd November  Stadsschouwburg Antwerp  
Thursday 3rd November Stadsschouwburg Antwerp
Saturday 5th November Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan
Sunday 6th November  Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan
Tuesday 8th November Teatro Verdi, Florence,
Wednesday 9th November Teatro Verdi, Florence,
Friday 11th November Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome
Saturday 12th November Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome
Monday 14th November Teatro Coloseeo, Torino
Tuesday 15th November Teatro Coloseeo, Torino
Wednesday 30th November Museumsquartier, Vienna
Thursday 1st December Museumsquartier, Vienna



Wine,Silence, Cups & Music
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 18, 2016
In the wake of birthday salutations, Reporters Notebook rolled out one of Robert Fripp's most quoted misquotes, namely “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.”

The actual quote is as follows:

Music is the cup which holds the wine of silence.
Sound is that cup, but empty.
Noise is that cup, but broken.

The aphorism dates from the spring of 1980 when Fripp was playing in Paris with The League Of Gentlemen.

The origin of the phrase's popularity, albeit in a corrupted form, seems to stem from its misuse in a 2005 episode of the very popular  ITV detective series, Rosemary And Thyme entitled, The Cup Of Silence.

During the murder mystery show, writer Stephen Gallagher has one of the characters raise a glass and offer the toast, "Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence", even having the character attribute the phrase to Robert Fripp.

It seems likely that Gallagher found the quote via the internet where it enjoys a secondary life as an inspirational meme of sorts.
 



The mangled phrase also has its own page dedicated to explaining what it might mean.

The wrong quote even received a kind of municipal immortality when Southwark Council weaponised it as part of an anti-social behaviour strategy aimed at buskers. Who says irony is dead?



The Wine Of Silence was the title of the 2012 release by Fripp, Keeling and Singleton, an album of orchestral arrangements of Fripp's soundscapes.



All About Jazz's John Kelman said of the album "In collaboration with Keeling and Singleton, he's proven the continued relevance of his work on an album that stands alone in his discography, yet is the logical and inevitable consequence of a lifetime's work."

Coinciding with the launch of the album release, in May 2012 a special concert of the music was staged in Amsterdam with the Metropole Orchestra and the Crouch End Chorus under the baton of Jules Buckley. You can read my experience of the performance over on the blog and my take on the album here

The Wine Of Silence is available from Inner Knot and Burning Shed.


Happy Birthday Bill Bruford
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 17, 2016
Let's give a big shout-out to Bill Bruford who celebrates his birthday today. The man who stoked the rhythmic engine room in King Crimson during the 70s, 80s and 90s is 67 years old today.



In case you've not been there, check out Bill's website for all sorts of fascinating archived interviews and commentary on the highpoints of his career from the man himself.









Happy Birthday Robert Fripp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 16, 2016
Raise a glass of your favourite tipple and send out your birthday wishes today to Robert Fripp, who in addition to being the birthday boy is also celebrating his wedding anniversary on the same day.

Here's Robert during King Crimson's 2014 rehearsals photographed by Scarlet Page



Burnin' Up Daryl's House
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 16, 2016
My thanks to Chuck Benz who writes "It's always fun to keep an eye on Daryl Hall's show Daryl's House to see when a guest wants to do something from Sacred Songs or even Exposure - the latest is Cheap Trick joining on You Burn Me Up..., and at least for the next few days, the video of the show is up on the Daryl's House web site"


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