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Happy Birthday Ian McDonald
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jun 25, 2016

King Crimson founding member, Ian McDonald celebrates his birthday today.

 

The man whose writing and multi-instrumental talents played an such essential and pivotal role in establishing King Crimson on the world stage in 1969, is 70 years old today. So raise a glass of your favourite tipple in Ian's honour and shout out your favourite McDonald moment!


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Quiz Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 27, 2015
King Crimson is one of the specialist subjects in tomorrow night's edition of Mastermind, the long-running BBC TV quiz show. Broadcast at 8.00 p.m., the show will then be available on iPlayer for the following month.


John's Cancer Message
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Aug 25, 2015
John Wetton has announced that he will start a programme of chemotherapy tomorrow following the discovery of cancer.

Writing on his Twitter account, @arkangel2605, John says:

"I start chemo 2moro--I urge everyone to be checked for cancer regularly, ícause cancer growth is rapid--and before you know it--agonising."

This announcement itself follows Johnís surgery in May this year where a malignant tumour was removed.

Please send John your good wishes via his management at jw@qedg.co.uk


Tony's Pix
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Aug 23, 2015
Tony Levin has uploaded a new set of photographs from this week's rehearsals over on his web page.


You Can't Please Everyone...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Aug 23, 2015
You can't please everyone all the time - Anna Minard listens to In The Court Of The Crimson King for the first time and is less than impressed


Crimso Rehearsing
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 21, 2015
Some more shots from King Crimsonís rehearsals this week.

The view from Trevís office...



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A fisting of the Crimson kind I...



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In The Court Of The Crimson King 2015
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 20, 2015
King Crimson have been working on adding some classic KC repertoire to the setlist for their forthcoming UK tour. Robert writes "So, Easy Money and In The Court Of The Crimson King are two of the four KC classic repertoire pieces currently being rehearsed; in addition to three new full-group pieces - Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind), Meltdown, Suitable Grounds For The Blues - plus a Drumsonising or two." You can watch Robert explain the problems of trying to play a track such as In The Court Of The Crimson King in New Standard Tuning over on the DGM Youtube channel.

King Crimson UK Tour

31st Aug Friars Aylesbury
01st Sep Friars Aylesbury
03rd Sep Cardiff, St.Davidís Hall
05th Sep Brighton Dome [SOLD OUT]
07th Sep Hackney Empire, London [SOLD OUT]
08th Sep Hackney Empire, London
11th Sep Lowry, Salford [SOLD OUT]
12th Sep Lowry, Salford
14th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham [SOLD OUT]
15th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham
17th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh [SOLD OUT]
18th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh

First tickle from THRAK Box
:: Posted by Stormy on Wed., Aug 19, 2015
I know itís not a Monday, but today seemed like a good day to release an edited tickle of one of the tracks from JurassiKc THRAK, from the forthcoming THRAK Box set.


Jakko Talks Crimso
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 19, 2015
Jakko talks to David Stopps from the legendary Friars Club in Aylesbury about life in the Crim-universe here. 


The View From Trev's Office...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 19, 2015
Trev Wilkins, whose been looking after Robert Frippís rig and much else besides, has posted this update on the rehearsals.


So yesterday there were a few problems with Robert Frippís guitar rig (Sirius Probe) but after much techy searching and tweaking and fiddling it turned out to be the Eventide 8000ís had reset to factory defaults which didnít work at all for his requirements. It took a while to find the fault but the MIDI settings were all wrong which was the pointer to the problem.

It turned out the Bypass control was set wrong for what we need so it was muting the input when it should have been bypassing it. The units were receiving all MIDI data and going into what I call ífruit machineí mode where they roll around loading presets. A bit technical but once re-programmed in the menu system it worked again as it should.

The rig is very complex so fault finding isnít easy as everything has a íknock oní effect on the rest of the system. Anyway, the fix worked and today it has run without problems.

This meant I could finish a bit earlier tonight and have dinner with the American írhythmí contingent. Always a good night out with a very nice (and talented) bunch of guys. Add to this the fact that weíve found a really nice little family run Italian restaurant and a cheap cab firm and weíre in a good place for the ongoing rehearsals.

The band seemed to be finding their feet musically today, so all is good at this point in time. New and very listenable material is sitting alongside some seriously classic Crimson tracks so this will definitely be a great tour for all of the fans. I expect that if there was a fan set list, this would be it!

Seems a long way off at the moment but looking forward to hitting the road now.

Onwards!

Just in case you missed them, the UK tour dates are:

31st Aug Friars Aylesbury
01st Sep Friars Aylesbury
03rd Sep Cardiff, St.Davidís Hall
05th Sep Brighton Dome [SOLD OUT]
07th Sep Hackney Empire, London [SOLD OUT]
08th Sep Hackney Empire, London
11th Sep Lowry, Salford [SOLD OUT]
12th Sep Lowry, Salford
14th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham [SOLD OUT]
15th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham
17th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh [SOLD OUT]
18th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh


Crimso Rehearsals Begin...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Aug 17, 2015
King Crimson have started their full rehearsals ahead of their first UK tour since 1982 at the end of this month.

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The older guitarist...



While the team were assembling, they took a look at a forthcoming KC picture disc which will be available on the merch table on the coming tour...




Go King Drumson I...



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