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Well Fancy That...Part 823
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 22, 2012

My thanks to Festus who came upon this story in the NME about the difficulties artists have making money from YouTube. Festus writes  "Interesting that the band have figured out that they aren't being paid by their old label (EMI !!!!!) for their videos being streamed. I'm glad I play bass with friends as a hobby, it would brreak my heart to get involved in such a bad business."


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King Crimson In Paris
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 9, 2015
Although both nights in Utrecht have sold out there are still tickets available for King Crimson’s three-night residency in Paris.



You can grab tickets by clicking on the dates below.

20th Sept

21st Sept

22nd Sept

On This Date 41 Years Ago...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jul 8, 2015
On this date 41 years ago King Crimson entered Olympic Studios in London and began work on the final Crimson album of the 1970s,  Red.



There's some fab footage of Olympic Studios to be found in the Pathe News archive. You'll have to plough through some vintage footage of UK life as seen through the quirky lens of the Pathe producers first though. If you want to cut straight to the chase, you'll find it at 4.47.  There's also an ace article about the background on the studio here and an overview of the facility here.

On This Date 46 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 7, 2015
On this date in 1969, King Crimson entered Wessex Studios with Moody Blues producer, Tony Clarke at the controls.



The sessions were eventually abandoned on July 16th after the band decided they would end the relationship with Clarke and produce themselves.

Streaming To Self-Destruction
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 7, 2015
Anil Prasad of Innerviews offers his perspective on the prospects for musicians in the streaming age. Read it here. 


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.



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