|:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 5, 2016
My thanks to Abunai for this link to an interview with Tony Levin wherein he discusses life on the road and a few other things besides. There's also a short interview with Tony's Stick Men buddy, Markus Reuter here and check out this review of the team's recent appearance in Toronto.
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All About Live In Toronto
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Mar 22, 2016
John Kelman has been listening to King Crimson's Live In Toronto. Check it out here.
Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 21, 2016
Alex "Stormy" Mundy has dusted off a real treat for his latest selection. It's Robert Fripp sketching out some ideas for what would eventually appear as Prince Rupert's Lament. To grab this lovely work-in-progress take, recorded near the end of the Lizard sessions, go here.
Stick Men Prog Noir 30 Date Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Mar 20, 2016
Stick Men, featuring Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter, are embarking on a 30 date tour next month.
The dates for the tour are as follows:
APR 12, TUE - Woodstock, NY (Woodstock Music Lab)
APR 13, WED - New Hope, PA (Havana New Hope)
APR 14, THU - Dunellen, NJ (NJ Prog House, Roxy & Dukes)
APR 15, FRI - New York, NY (The Iridium) - 2 shows
APR 16, SAT - New York, NY (The Iridium) - 2 shows
APR 17, SUN - Norfolk, CT (The Infinity Hall)
APR 19, TUE - Piermont, NY (The Turning Point)
APR 20, WED - Pawling, NY (Daryl's House)
APR 21, THU - Northampton, MA (The Iron Horse)
APR 22, FRI - Natick, MA (Natick Center For Arts)
APR 23, SAT - Schenectady, NY (Van Dyck)
APR 24, SUN - Rochester, NY (Lovin' Cup)
APR 25. MON - Rochester, NY (Lovin' Cup)
APR 26, TUE - Syracuse, NY (The Lost Horizon)
APR 27, WED - Montreal, QC, Canada (Café Campus)
APR 28, THU - Quebec City, QC, Canada (Le Cercle)
APR 29, FRI - Ottawa, ON, Canada (Maverick's) NEW !
APR 30, SAT - Toronto, ON, Canada (The Mod Club)
MAY 1, SUN - Kitchener, ON, Canada (Dallas Night Club)
MAY 3, TUE - Auburn Hills, MI (Callahan's Music Hall)
MAY 4, WED - Chicago, IL (Reggie's)
MAY 5, THU - Chicago, IL (Reggie's)
MAY 6, FRI - Milwaukee, WI (Shank Hall)
MAY 7, SAT - Dubuque, IA (The Venue)
MAY 8, SUN - Minneapolis, MN (Fine Music Cafe)
MAY 10, TUE - Moline, IL (Rascals)
MAY 11, WED - St. Louis, MO (The Old Rock House)
MAY 13, FRI - Louisville, KY (Headliner)
MAY 14, SAT - Columbus, OH (Scarlet & Grey Caffe)
MAY 15, SUN - Cleveland, OH (Beachland Music Hall)
Elsewhere, Stick Men are also releasing Midori, a 2 CD set which also features ex-Crim, David Cross on violin and keyboards.
Previously only available as a download, the limited edition release will only be available either at the forthcoming gigs or via the group's bandcamp page.
KC Live In Toronto Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 17, 2016
The first full concert release by this incarnation of King Crimson is released this week.
The 2-disc set captures the band in full-flight in a decisive performance. The show, already available for download, has prompted these reactions from site visitors.
"What an album! Couple of points - firstly it’s a brilliant live recording and mix, and also firstly it’s a brilliant performance. Everyone is brilliant, though it’s most noticeable that Mel Collins has now properly found his place in the many hot tunes that didn’t originally have a wind part."
"'Larks Tongues In Aspic, Part I' -- The highlight for me. Gave me chills on my first listen."
"This is a wonderful document of a band on fire - and they certainly were that night. For those underwhelmed by last year’s Orpheum release, this may well be the cure. For those simply waiting for a more complete Crim Mk.VIII experience, this is very much the real deal, presented virtually unaltered. It presents the band in all the breadth of its sweep, and finally does justice to the jaw-dropping triple-drummer frontline. The stereo mix is dynamic, clear, almost too good to be true for a live mix!"
"Many are still asking the question "Why three drummers?" I can say that I am not after hearing this. This band is smoking hot. At times, there are moments of sublime beauty, and at others, borderline cacophony, and everything in between that you’ve come to expect from King Crimson."
"This is a wonderful concert with the highs of Epitaph and Easy Money! It can´t be better!"
You can order it via Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe).
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.
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