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The Return of King Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 19, 2007

Ending weeks of speculation in various online communities, Robert Fripp has revealed in his latest online diary that drummer Gavin Harrison (of Porcupine Tree) will be joining King Crimson.

The band will be playing a series of live dates in Chicago’s Park West – most recently the venue to RF and the LoCG appearance in the windy city.  Fripp notes “Park West is a fave venue, and one I have been working for 27 years. The LCG were here in 1989 & 1990…This is also the venue where, according to our current plans for King Crimson’s return to active-service in 2008, preparatory to the 40th. Anniversary Celebration of 2009, The Beast Of Crim will be playing a 4-night residency in August 2008 with KC’s third double-drumming formation.

The first formation: Jamie Muir & Bill Bruford (1972-73);
the second formation: Pat Mastelotto & Bill Bruford (1994-97);
the third formation: Pat Mastelotto & Gavin Harrison.

A fourth double-drumming formation, of 1981-84 (Adrian & Billy B), doesn’t quite count as Adrian’s primary focus was in the front line.”

Harrison is one of the most respected drummers of his generation, adding a prodigious technique to the work of Porcupine Tree as well collaborating with Jakko Jakszyk on The Bruised Romantic Glee Club, and most recently, Drop – an album with bassist and singer, 05Ric and also featuring contributions from Fripp. Some may recall Drop was featured as a DGMLive giveaway (see my review on the blog), perhaps hinting at Harrison's proposed involvement. Only DGMLive  regular, Chocolatefireguard, spotted the listing on King Crimson's myspace site: the top four musicians have been there for a couple of months now.

More details will be announced regarding  rehearsal schedules and ticket availability as soon as we get them.


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Slow Selfie
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 17, 2014
Amidst the task of making Slow Music in Seattle on April 15th, the team (plus a couple of Humans) found time to take a selfie...


 
Mark Colman was at the Portland show which he describes as "pure art and as ballsy as fuck"

Belew's State Of FLUX
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 17, 2014
Adrian Belew has been talking on his Facebook page about his work with his FLUX app and uploaded a couple of screen grabs. If you're not on Facebook you can read a summary of his comments here.



KC81 Double Show Download
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 14, 2014
Two back-to-back shows from 1981 are available to download from today.



You can find out about KC's first night at the Old Waldorf here and their second gig here. 

Stonehill House Talks
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 14, 2014
Robert's latest diary update has him enthusing about his recent attendance at a talk given as part of the Stonehill House Russian Days series of talks. "Excellent food for both mind and body" says Fripp. Details on the next talk can be found here. 


On This Date In...1971
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Apr 12, 2014
Can it really be forty-three years since Boz, Mel, Bob and Ian took to the stage of Zoom Club in Frankfurt and made their live debut? Happily, the four-gig residency was (mostly) captured for posterity and you can hear a brand new, paint-still-wet King Crimson in action here. 


Slow News Week
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 10, 2014
Bill Rieflin is interviewed about his work in Slow Music and The Humans here
ahead of Slow Music and The Humans gigs in Seattle next week.


On This Day In... 1980
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 10, 2014
The League Of Gentlemen played their debut gig at Moles Club in Bath. 


On This Date...1969
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 9, 2014
King Crimson played their first official gig at London's Speakeasy. Of this momentous occasion Robert noted in his diary "Massive success. The word starts to creep about in the business." Ian McDonald observed that the gig was "Great. Moody (Blues) there and lots of faces. Ginger Baker, Manfred Mann. Blew their minds. Took Bob and Greg home. Home 5.30. Bed 6." 


Limited Edition Tippett
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Apr 8, 2014
There's a new 4 LP limited edition vinyl release featuring Keith Tippett available from french suppliers Metamkine.



L'Étau: Choses Clandestines is a set of studio and live improvisations between Tippett, Michel Pilz (woodwinds) Paul Rogers (bass) and Jean-Noël Cognard (drums) and is limited to 300 copies world wide. Tippett aficionado, Owen Keenan, has reviewed the album over on his blog. 

Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 7, 2014
Mister Stormy has blown the dust of a previously unreleased P6 studio session from 2006. You can check it out here. 


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