|Stick Mel In Japan
|:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Oct 20, 2016
Stick Men have announced they are playing in Japan next year and will be joined by special guest, Mel Collins.
Details on Osaka show here.
Details on Tokyo show here.
This gig follows on from last year’s Japanese shows when Stick Men teamed up ex-King Crimson violinist, David Cross. You can hear and buy the results of that collaboration here.
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King Crimson At Plumpton 1969
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 14, 2016
King Crimson's appearance at the Plumpton Festival in 1969 is available to download today. Although this show has long been available as part of the Epitaph set released in 1997, there's been several calls for it to be added to the site, not least of all by site visitor, Harry Spade.
It's a great audience recording that captures the band on especially good form.
The Plumpton concert is available to download here.
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Mar 12, 2016
The death of Keith Emerson was announced yesterday. Keith’s work with The Nice and then Emerson, Lake and Palmer saw him emerge as one of the pivotal figures in the late ’60s rock music and throughout the 1970s.
King Crimson supported The Nice in 1969, notably at Croydon’s Fairfield Hall which yielded The Nice’s Five Bridges album, and when both bands played various bills America during November. It was there, following McDonald and Giles’ announcement they would be leaving the group, that Emerson and Lake began discussing the possibilities of working together.
Emerson had several connections to King Crimson beyond his obvious association with Greg Lake and later, Peter Sinfield, with both Andy McCulloch and Ian Wallace renting rooms in the keyboard player’s flat in London’s Drayton Gardens.
In 2014 Jakko Jakszyk’s surround sound and new stereo remixes of Brain Salad Surgery were released, followed a year later by Jakko’s remix of their 1972 album, Trilogy.
The team at DGMLive sends its condolences to Keith’s family.
UPDATE: Greg Lake pays tribute to Keith Emerson.
"To all ELP friends and fans all over the world, I would like to express my deep sadness upon hearing this tragic news. As you know Keith and I spent many of the best years of our lives together and to witness his life coming to an end in the way that it has is painful, both to myself and to all who knew him.
As sad and tragic as Keith's death is, I would not want this to be the lasting memory people take away with them. What I will always remember about Keith Emerson was his remarkable talent as a musician and composer and his gift and passion to entertain. Music was his life and despite some of the difficulties he encountered I am sure that the music he created will live on forever.
My deepest condolences go to Keith's family. May he now be at peace."
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Mar 11, 2016
There's an interview with Trey Gunn just been posted where he talks about his approach to his chosen instrument, being asked to join King Crimson and lots of other topics. Check it out here. Also check out Trey's updated blog in which he relates his recent experiences as part of the 3Below event where he shared a platform with Michael Manring and Alonso Arreola.
Sir George Martin
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 9, 2016
The death of Sir George Martin at the age of 90 has understandably prompted a wave of tributes. Both Robert Fripp and Ian McDonald have cited The Beatles, and therein Martin's work with them, as being an important influence.
John Wetton worked with Sir George on many occasions as he told me in 2014. "Back in 1970 I was taken under George Martin’s wing. for some reason he liked what I did and he used me again and again on sessions. He was great. It was like having the Duke of Edinburgh for your grandad. He’d show me around and tell me about his new engine he’d got in his car and all that sort of stuff. I’m very grateful to him because I earned so much money when everybody else was starving at that point in 1970. For a while I was part of the furniture at AIR when it first opened. He had me playing on loads of singles, Kodak adverts, and I did one album with Larry Norman and I also did the second Edwards Hands album with him.”
Jakko Jakszyk also paid tribute to Martin via his Facebook page.
"Saddened to hear of the passing of the great George Martin. A unique
talent and true innovator. Indeed the shaper of the music I grew up
with. The inventor of numerous studio techniques that we've all copied
since and an amazing arranger of strings and brass. There really will
never be anyone comparable I suspect."
You can also read about own favourite George Martin moments over on the blog.
New Drummer For KC
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 7, 2016
Robert Fripp has announced that drummer Jeremy Stacey will be replacing Bill Rieflin on the forthcoming 2016 tour starting in September. Writing in his updated diary, Fripp notes:
Bill Rieflin recently decided to take a sabbatical, a decision supported by all the Crimson Brothers. So, what to do with September performances already sold out?
Both Gavin and Jakko’s first thought was: call Jeremy Stacy. Jeremy grew up in the Bournemouth Scene, where I went to see both Stacy Brothers at Bumbles (a Bournemouth club) in 1981. Jeremy worked with Paul Holman in Wimborne, next door to the former Fripp World HQ. Bournemouth features large in the Crimson world of players: Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Robert Fripp, Gordon Haskell, Andy McCullough, John Wetton and now - Jeremy Stacey.
Hot shots from Jeremy’s CV:
Jeremy grew up in Bournemouth in the 1960s, learnt drums, piano and recording technique with identical twin Paul Stacey, also a guitarist, keyboard player and producer.
Attended acting school at the London-based Drama Centre in his teens after appearing in adverts and TV series as a child actor.
Involved in the London Jazz scene from his twenties, including with Jason Rebello.
A member of The Lemon Trees with Guy Chambers in the 1990s.
Toured with Aztec Camera, The Waterboys, World Party, Omar, Echo and the Bunnymen, Eurythmics, Chris Robinson’s (Black Crowes) New Earth Mud, The Finn Brothers (Crowded House and SplitEnz) and Tom Jones.
In 2000, Jeremy began a 10-year working partnership with Sheryl Crow, recording and touring the world; then Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Recorded with Ryan Adams, Ethan Johns, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Sheryl Crow, Aztec Camera, The Waterboys, Joe Cocker, Paul Young, Sia, Echo & the Bunnymen, Zero 7, Roachford, Robbie Williams, Amy Winehouse, Chris Robinson’s New Earth Mud, Gary Barlow, Take That, Charlotte Gainsbourg / Air, Staves, Glyn Johns, Nick Harper, Benmont Tench (Heartbreakers), Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Tal Wilkenfeld, Chris Squire, Steve Hackett, David Jackson, David Holmes, Alfie Boe, Neil Diamond, and others.
Played in recent years with, among others, Doyle Bramhall, Sixto Rodriquez, Madeliene Peyroux, Wayne Krantz, Hamish Stuart, Pino Palladino, Rudder and Jason Falkner.
Produced and recorded albums for Tim Garland (Chick Corea), Tom Baxter and Rob Bravery, learning from the New York Jazz scene, now taking a new direction. Dismantling a substantial recording studio in 2015, currently returning to a simple digital set-up; and adopting a discipline to sit down and put together his own album.
Jeremy will be the Centre Drumson for KC’s Autumn 2016 Euro-touring.
Jakko On BBC 6 Music
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Mar 4, 2016
King Crimson's Jakko Jakszyk will be appearing on Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music show on Saturday night at 9.00 p.m. As special guest, Jakko will be talking to Tom for an hour of conversation and choosing tracks from Jakko's career.
The link to the programme on the BBC iPlayer can be found here.
Jakko and Tom worked together in the 1990s and released an album together entitled Blood Brothers, which also features Gavin Harrison on drums. You can listen or buy the album over on Tom's Bandcamp page.
Eno's Vinyl A Peel
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 3, 2016
My thanks to Albemuth who points our attention to a video interview we missed when it was first broadcast last year. It's Brian Eno exploring John Peel's record collection, wherein No Pussyfooting receives an honourable mention. Take a look at the video here and take a look at the albums Mr. Gordon Stomach chose here while at Peel Acres here. And on the subject on vinyl, Brian Eno has a new album in various formats coming out in April, details of which can be found here.
Purchase Problem Resolved
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 2, 2016
The Great Crims Crash of 2016 has been reversed! The e-commerce problems which had prevented people from either downloading or ordering Live In Toronto in the last 24 hours have now been resolved.
All of those good folks who tried to order a CD via Inner Knot or download directly from this site but were denied, will be contacted by email in the next few hours.
In the meantime Live In Toronto awaits your listening pleasure!
KC2015 Download Breaks The Internet (Kind Of)
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 2, 2016
The popularity of the King Crimson show in Toronto set live on
Monday has been tremendous. So tremendous in fact that it tripped a limit on the number of orders the e-commerce provider can
process on our behalf in a given day.
They are aware of the problem and working to get our order processing facilities back up and running.
Many thanks for your patience and we'll let you know as soon as this frustrating situation has been resolved.
In the meantime while you're waiting to place your order, don't forget you can still download a full track from the concert for free as a hot tickle. The name of the track? Easy Money.
And they say irony is dead!
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