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KC 2000 - More Bootleg TV Footage Now Available
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 9, 2015

Fancy watching over twenty minutes of previously unseen footage of King Crimson in 2000? Well, click here, turn up the speakers, sit back and enjoy!

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King Crimson In Rolling Stone Top 50 List
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jun 18, 2015
King Crimson have three titles in Rolling Stone magazine’s 50 Greatest Prog Albums Of All Time list. In reverse order:


With his third lineup in four years, King Crimson guitar maestro Robert Fripp finally tapped back into a musical energy as powerful and groundbreaking as that of his 1969 debut In the Court of the Crimson King. The group's fifth album was a masterful mélange of painstaking composition and wild experimentation, as if Fripp were depicting a madman struck with glimmers of melancholy clarity. In the end, it's difficult to tell which passages were happy accidents and which were carefully constructed; and it's even harder to determine which are more impactful, as clattering trays, chiming bells, twittering birds, understated voices and clown-toy laughter intertwine with tinny, static-filled guitar, epileptic beats and violin lines that range from gorgeous to harrowing. J.W.


Like most of their fellow prog-rockers, King Crimson began as a crew of English pastoral fantasia-slingers, though more schizoid than most. By Red, with the Sixties little more than a bad hangover, guitar guru Robert Fripp had distilled his approach down to a trio playing the most bone-crunchingly heavy music prog had yet heard. The sound of his serrated guitar abstractions slashing through Bill Bruford's beat jungles and John Wetton's low-end theorizing defined the idea of a power trio, and it's not hard to imagine, per legend, that Kurt Cobain dug this record and took notes. Ultimately, the intensity imploded; Fripp broke up the band soon thereafter, following a spiritual path, before reforming it with Bruford years later. But it was never as powerful as this. W.H.


One of the most influential progressive rock albums of all time, King Crimson's debut eschewed the bluesy bluster of late-Sixties British rock for a Mellotron-drenched mixture of jazz and classical influences, dragging psychedelia to a darker place than it had ever been before. "King Crimson will probably be condemned by some for pompousness," wrote Rolling Stone's John Morthland at the time, "but that criticism isn't really valid. They have combined aspects of many musical forms to create a surreal work of force and originality." With guitarist Robert Fripp and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald piling on layers of majestic sound, and bassist Greg Lake intoning evocative and foreboding lyrics, tracks like the unrelenting opener "21st Century Schizoid Man," the haunting "Epitaph" and the stately closer "The Court of the Crimson King" set the tone and template for the coming prog revolution. DE

You can read the full list here.

KC In Jeopardy
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jun 18, 2015
My thanks to Nuages whose good taste in music helped him out with the answer to this question...

Nuage writes "For any of you familiar with the American game show Jeopardy, King Crimson and Mr. Fripp were on as one of the "answers". It was also the $2000 dollar "answer"." My thanks to Ronan Chris Murphy who also spotted this picture doing the rounds on Facebook,  commented  "Looks like my old boss was a clue on Jeopardy tonight."

Hello Tokyo! 2003 Gig Available
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 15, 2015
The second night of King Crimson's 2003 tour of Japan is available to download.

You can grab the full concert here.

Starless Starlight Winner
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 15, 2015
Congratulations to Roger East in the Isle of Wight. Roger wins a copy of Starless Starlight by David Cross and Robert Fripp for telling me that the name of the live album by the David Cross Band was Live In The Underworld. Thanks to everyone who entered the competition. Stay tuned for another DGM giveaway in the not too distant future.

Meanwhile, there's a brand new half hour documentary featuring David Cross, Tony Lowe, ex-Van Der Graff Generator's David Jackson and Yumi Hara as they prepared for last week's Starless Starlight album launch party. 

Elsewhere, Andrew Keeling gives his thoughts on the album as well as little musical analysis here, and you can read my take on the album over on the blog.

Crimson In Canada
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jun 14, 2015
We understand that tickets are moving fast for the up and coming KC tour in Canada. An extra date was added in Toronto due to demand on Friday but don’t make the mistake of waiting. Grab ’em now, folks.

King Crimson In Canada November 2015

Fri 13th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm
Sat 14th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm
Mon 16th Nov Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Tue 17th Nov  Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Thu 19th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sat 21st Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24th Nov Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Fri 27th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Sun 29th Nov Victoria Royal Theatre

King Crimson Extra Toronto On Sale Today
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 12, 2015
Tickets for the third show in Toronto go on sale today.

There are a few tickets remaining for the second night but if you want to see KC up close then the third evening is the one to go for. Tickets are on sale from 10.00p.m. today.

Jakko's Trilogy
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 12, 2015
Jakko Jakszyk's remix of Emerson, Lake and Palmer's 1972 album, Trilogy, has garnered praise in some recent reviews. Here's Classic Rock magazine's take on the new surround sound version...

You can also read my take on the album which was first published in Prog mag over on the blog.

Happy Birthday John Wetton
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 12, 2015
Please send your good wishes and congratulations in the direction of John Wetton.

John, who is still recovering from last month's major surgery, celebrates his birthday in sunny Bournemouth this very day.

Berlin Guitar Dates
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 12, 2015
The Berlin Guitar Ensemble are playing two dates in the UK next month.

The first gig will be at The Subscription Rooms, Stroud on 3rd July and on the 5th July the team can be found at Komedia in Bath.

Here's a video of the Guitar Circle of Europe playing The Great Deceiver. Chris Smith of the BGE says "the video is the closest we have to the BGE including a fair few of the same players. I doubt we'll do The Great Deceiver, but there will likely be some Crimson easter eggs in the set."

King Crimson UK Tour: 2nd Nights Added
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jun 11, 2015
Second nights in Manchester Birmingham and Edinburgh have been added to King Crimson's UK tour in September.

For those keeping scores, the last time Crimso played Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh was 34, 42 and 43 years ago respectively! Given the remorseless and inevitable advance of time, you'd have to be daft to wait another 34, 42, and 43 years to see the band in those cities, so grab your tickets NOW.

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