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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

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Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 6, 2015
Mister Stormy has been in the archive and has blown the cobwebs of a rehearsal session from 2004.

You can grab the track right here.

King Crimson Hyde Park 46 Years Ago Today
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jul 5, 2015
On this date 46 years ago, King Crimson supported The Rolling Stones at the now legendary free concert in Hyde Park. The concert was a crucial milestone for Crimson who at that point had played just 23 gigs.

When Crimson took to the stage they restricted themselves to a truncated set consisting of 21st Century Schizoid Man, In The Court Of The Crimson King, Get Thy Bearings, Epitaph, Mantra, Travel Weary Capricorn and Mars.  Dik Fraser recalls that during the opening number a large framed photograph of Brian Jones fell, almost catching Greg Lake. The bass player shrugged off the mishap, but several people backstage thought it was some kind of augury or supernatural manifestation.

It was a good day for Crimson, however. The newest member of the road crew, Richard Vickers (better known as Vick), recalled in his memoir of that period: "The high point of that gig was the whole audience rising to their feet as one and cheering Ian McDonald solo during ‘Schizoid’ — I remember the hairs on the back of my spine rising in unison as the roar from this huge crowd went up."

In the crowd stood Jamie Muir. Having only recently moved down from Edinburgh, the future Crimson percussionist was then playing with free improvisers such as John Stevens and Derek Bailey. He was impressed by the force Crimson created. "What was incredible was that they just exploded on to the scene fully matured. Most bands come along and then develop but Crimson just came on and exploded with this very adult, intelligent, cutting-edge music. It was just this whole package that went wallop!"

Fourteen-year-old Trevor Lever, attending his first concert, found Crimson perplexing.  "At one point I thought an orchestra was playing but through my binoculars saw only four blokes on the stage. ’Where’s the orchestra?’ I asked a mate. ’Dunno,’ was the informed reply. ’Who is this playing?’  I said to no-one in particular. ’King something,’ I was told.  I made a mental note to check this band out at a later stage."  It was the start of a love affair with Crimson which Lever — who has seen shows by every incarnation of the band — continues to this day.

Crimson finished as usual with “Mars” (complete with an air raid siren being cranked up from underneath the stage by Enthoven and Fraser).  Enthoven, celebrating his 25th birthday that day, regards this as the defining moment of the launch of King Crimson. McDonald agrees that it was the point at which Crimson arrived, but adds: "It would sound blasé to say that this was just another gig for us, though in a sense it was; we were having a great time discovering and enjoying our music, but we were also experienced enough individually not to be too greatly affected by any particular venue."

Sinfield was less than impressed with the set that day, feeling that the band was below par.  Lake disagrees: "It was the first open-air gig that Crimson played and to that extent it wasn’t as sonically controlled as the ones indoors. Pete didn’t have his lights to play with but it was an extraordinary show."  In his diary, Fripp noted: "Standing ovation. Mammoth success, of importance which will take time to appreciate. We’ll look back to see this day in years to come and fully realise its significance."

Lake observes: "I think that even if that Hyde Park thing hadn’t have happened, I don’t think it would have affected the popularity of King Crimson.  The band had spread like wildfire."

Certainly the next night when Crimson played their regular slot at The Marquee, the club was packed. Sinfield regards that gig as infinitely superior to Hyde Park. "The Marquee the next night.  NOW that was a humdinger!  Oh yes indeedy!"  McDonald in his diary notes that the band certainly picked up a few new admirers.  "Went to the Marquee. Did gig. Came back with nine chicks (!)"

Crimson continued to surf a wave of critical approval.  Richard Gott in The Guardian’s review of Hyde Park asserted: "Most of the music, with the exception of a sensational group called King Crimson, was indifferent." And B.P. Fallon in that week’s Melody Maker raved: "King Crimson are going to be giants. Perhaps I’m wrong. Perhaps. Give it a year and we’ll know. No dammit. Six months will do. Really..." 

A more considered verdict was delivered by Richard Gilbert in The Listener.  "King Crimson played again at the Rolling Stones concert in Hyde Park and their confidence in careering from the gritty to the lyrical won them a massive and deserved ovation... if their records can match their live performances they will survive all the bandwagon leaping." 

For years it was assumed that there was no footage of Crimson other than a brief glimpse of an off-stage Fripp peering at Mick Jagger through the potted plants on the Stones In The Park DVD. Minutes later, Fripp and other KC members were unceremoniously thrown out of the back stage area.

However a five-minute snippet was eventually surfaced and was included on the 2009  40th Anniversary Edition of In The Court Of The Crimson King (available from Inner Knot and Burning Shed)

You can watch it here.

The audience recording of the concert was officially released on CD as KCCC12 in 2002  and is also available as a download from this site.

Were you there at this concert? We’d love to hear from you if so. Get in touch via the guestbook and share you memories of this important concert in the KC calendar.

King Crimson In Japan 2015
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jul 1, 2015
King Crimson will be touring Japan in December.  This follows on from King Crimson’s dates in the UK and Europe in September and Canada in November.
Tickets for the seven shows in Japan will be going on sale on August 29th.

Tokyo December 7(Mon)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

Tokyo December 8(Tue)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

Tokyo December 9(Wed)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

Tokyo December10(Thu)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00  Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)
<info>Creativeman 03-3499-6669

Osaka December 12(Sat)Festival Hall
OPEN 17:00 / START 18:00  Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)

Osaka December 13(Sun) Festival Hall
OPEN 16:00 / START 17:00  Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)
<info>Kyodo Information 0570-200-888

Nagoya December 21(Mon)Nagoya Century Hall
OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00  Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)
<info> Sunday Folk Promotion / 052-320-9100

On This Day 41 Years Ago...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jul 1, 2015
David Cross, Bill Bruford, John Wetton and Robert Fripp played their final gig as King Crimson on this date in New York's Central Park 41 years ago.

You can download the concert here

Cuitar Circle Workshop
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 30, 2015
The Berlin Guitar Ensemble’s gig at the Bath Komedia originally scheduled for 5th July has been cancelled. Instead, they will be running a Guitar Circle workshop, open to anyone with a guitar and the inclination get to grips with New Standard Tuning on Saturday afternoon from 3.00 p.m.

The concert at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud will be taking place on Friday 3rd July as planned. You can buy tickets here.

The team will be appearing on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on the afternoon of Friday 3rd and BBC Radio Bristol on the morning of Saturday 4th.

Soundscapes Tour Bundle Available
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 29, 2015
Robert Fripp's entire run of soundscapes on the G3 tour in July 2004 are now available for download. Starting on July 1st and ending on July 17th, the performances come from Robert's opening slot on the tour that featured co-headliners, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

With some shows featuring contributions from Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan, the entire run of 14 soundscapes are just $46.00 for Flac and $32.00 for MP3.

Crimso At Glasto!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 29, 2015
My thanks to a pal who sent the following regarding King Crimson and the Glastonbury Festival. "Have your Glasto spies sent you this? - The Unthanks doing Starless. Something of a Crimson sandwich on the main stage on Saturday with them opening and Kanye doing something or other with a bit of Schizoid Man (at around 5.00 mins). Culturally significant!"

Chris Squire
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jun 28, 2015
There’s been an outpouring of tributes paid to Yes bassist, Chris Squire, following the announcement of his death from leukemia today.

Bill Bruford has posted the following message online.

Really saddened to hear of the death of my old Yes band-mate, Chris Squire. I shall remember him fondly; one of the twin rocks upon which Yes was founded and, I believe, the only member to have been present and correct, Rickenbacker at the ready, on every tour. He and I had a working relationship built around our differences. Despite, or perhaps because of, the old chestnut about creative tension, it seemed, strangely, to work.

He had an approach that contrasted sharply with the somewhat monotonic, immobile bass parts of today. His lines were important; counter-melodic structural components that you were as likely to go away humming as the top line melody; little stand-alone works of art in themselves. Whenever I think of him, which is not infrequently, I think of the over-driven fuzz of the sinewy staccato hits in Close to the Edge (6’04” and on) or a couple of minutes later where he sounds like a tuba (8’.00”). While he may have taken a while to arrive at the finished article, it was always worth waiting for. And then he would sing a different part on top.

An individualist in an age when it was possible to establish individuality, Chris fearlessly staked out a whole protectorate of bass playing in which he was lord and master. I suspect he knew not only that he gave millions of people pleasure with his music, but also that he was fortunate to be able to do so. I offer sincere condolences to his family.

Adios, partner. Bill.

Pat's Projects
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jun 28, 2015
The ever-busy Pat Mastelotto has several new projects going live at the moment. First up is his collaboration with guitarist David Kollar and trumpeter, Paulo Raineri, collectively entitled KoMaRa. Their album, Bloom features this handsome character as the cover star, drawn by Tool's Adam Jones.

You can order Bloom here and you can read my take on the album over on the blog.

Elsewhere, Pat also appears on an album entitled  Inflamed Rides  featuring multi-instrumentalist, Lorenzo Esposito (Obake & Berserk), guitar Carmelo Pipitone and Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin on bass. Pat contributed drums to the entire album last year following King Crimson's tour in the USA.

There are 3 days left on their pre-order campaign. Find out more details here and take a peek at their video here

King Crimson Sell Out (Again)
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 26, 2015
King Crimson's show in Brighton has sold out. There are still tickets for other parts of the UK tour available however, with second nights added to the itinerary Manchester, Birmingham and the last night of the UK leg, Edinburgh. Check out the tour dates here.

Elsewhere, King Crimson's dates in Utrecht are now completely sold out as well. If you're considering coming to see the Crim beast live better not to leave it too long before nabbing your ticket.   

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