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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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Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 8, 2013
Adrian and Robert burn it up in the closing minutes of Frame By Frame in today's Stormy selection.  

LTIA Box Nominated
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jul 7, 2013
Larks' Tongues In Aspic - The Complete Recordings  box set has been nominated in the Grand Designs category of this year's Prog magazine awards. Voting is now open and we urge all Crimheads to mosey on over and register your vote and help win the award it so justly deserves. Meanwhile, there are still some copies of the mammoth and much-acclaimed limited edition set here. 

It Was 44 Years Ago Today...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 5, 2013
King Crimson turned up to play at Hyde Park supporting The Rolling Stones. Ian McDonald's diary notes "Up morning. Got bus to Hyde Park for Stones concert.  ˝ million people there. Did 35 minute spot. Great.  Stones not too good. Walked for a meal.  Back to flat.  Lot of people came over (19). Nice."

Robert Fripp's journal records "Standing ovation.  Mammoth Success, of importance which will take time to appreciate.  We’ll look back on this day in years to come and fully realise its significance."

You can download the set they played that day here. 

Guitar Grift
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 4, 2013
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but when imitation simply becomes a rip-off it’s time to call it out. People are urged to avoid this website which borrowing heavily on the Guitar Craft / Guitar Circle- affiliated approach to the instrument. Robert Fripp commented “This site and Mr. Matteo Negrin has no connection to Guitar Craft, neither is he a pupil of mine. Anyone contacting Mr. Negrin and/or the site is warned.”

Crimso Covered
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jul 3, 2013
RX Bandits have covered 21st Century Schizoid Man as part of their EP Covers. You can hear the song via Relix website

It Was 18 Years Ago Today... Double Trio Download
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 1, 2013
Blimey - doesn't time fly when you're having fun. Eighteen years ago on this date the Double Trio played at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

The two-disc concert, previously released as KCCC 31, is now available for download

Keith Tippett London Residency In August
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 1, 2013
Keith Tippett is playing a three-night residency during August at The Vortex Jazz Club in London. Each evening showcases a different aspect of the composer and pianist’s work across contemporary classical, jazz and improvised music.

Tippett will be best known to King Crimson enthusiasts for his striking contributions to In The Wake Of Poseidon, Lizard and Islands. Robert Fripp, who in turn produced several Tippett-related releases, (including Septober Energy by the 50-piece Centipede) was so impressed by Tippett’s work and musical vision that he offered the pianist co-ownership of King Crimson.

Thursday August 15th
Keith Tippett with the Elysian Quartet
The programme will include Keith Tippett’s string quartet, commissioned by the Elysian Quartet in 2008. In the second half Tippett’s piano quintet ‘Linuckea’ will be performed. This was commissioned by the Kreutzer Quartet in 1995.

Friday August 16th
A world premiere: The Nine Dances of Patrick O’Gonogon, commissioned by Richard Wiltshire. Keith Tippett presents brand new contemporary jazz pieces in three movements.
Trumpet & flugel horn - Fulvio Sergato
Alto sax and soprano sax - Sam Mayne
Alto sax, flute - James Gardner-Bateman
Trombone - Kieran McCleod
Trombone  - Robby Harvey
Bass - Tom McCready
Drums and percussion - Peter Fairclough
Piano, composer - Keith Tippett   

Saturday August 17th
Keith Tippett, Julie Tippetts , members of the Elysian Quartet.

For full details go to The Vortex jazz club website.

Meanwhile, Keith Tippett is appearing on a new forthcoming album with Daniel Pennie and AD Chivers (of the Michael Giles MAD Band). There’s a rather fine video of the trio in action here.

Stick Men On TV
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jun 29, 2013
You can watch a recording of Stick Men in concert here. 

Dyble's Flow And Change
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 28, 2013
Judy Dyble's new album, Flow And Change, is out next week. You can read all about it here

Were You At Any Of The Road To Red Gigs?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jun 27, 2013
The booklet accompanying the The Road To Red is currently being compiled by the team at DGM. Were you at any of the gigs? Do you have any photographs, flyers, ticket stubs or any other relevant memorabilia from that final tour of that incarnation of King Crimson? 

If you were at any of the gigs what do you remember?   Was this your first time seeing KC in action? Who were the band on with that night? How did KC compare to the last time? We’re hoping to include some selected eye-witness accounts of the final tour of 1974 in the booklet for The Road To Red so get in touch with your memories and views via thesidsmith (at) gmail dot com

Here’s the gigs we’d like to know more about...

Apr. 11, 1974
Owings Mills, Maryland
Painters Mill Music Theater

Apr. 12, 1974
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Apr. 13, 1974
Atlanta, Georgia
Civic Auditorium

Apr. 14, 1974
Gainsville, Florida
Jai Alai Fronton

Apr. 17, 1974
Nashville, Tennessee

Apr. 19, 1974
Tampa, Florida
Curtis Hickson Auditorium

Apr. 20, 1974
Miami, Florida
Hollywood Sportatorium

Apr. 23, 1974
Boston Mass., Massachusetts
Music Hall

Apr. 25, 1974
Chicago, Illinois
Auditorium Theatre

Apr. 26, 1974
Detroit, Michigan
Ford Auditorium

Apr. 28, 1974
Columbus, Ohio
Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Apr. 29, 1974
Pittsburgh, PA
Stanley Warner Theatre

Apr. 30, 1974
Akron, Ohio
Civic Theatre

May. 01, 1974
New York, NY
Felt Forum

May. 03, 1974
Montreal, Quebec

May. 04, 1974
Hamilton, Ontario
Mcmasters University

May. 05, 1974
Detroit, Michigan
Ford Auditorium

Jun. 04, 1974
San Antonio, Texas
Municipal Auditorium

Jun. 05, 1974
Houston, Texas
Hofheinz Pavillion

Jun. 06, 1974
Fort Worth, TX
Tarrant County Convention Centre

Jun. 07, 1974
Oklahoma City, OK
Fairground Arena

Jun. 08, 1974
El Paso, Texas
Civil Auditorium

Jun. 09, 1974
Pheonix, Arizona
Feyline Fields

Jun. 13, 1974
San Francisco, California
Cow Palace

Jun. 15, 1974
Salt Lake City, Utah
Terrace Ballroom

Jun. 16, 1974
Denver, Colorado

Jun. 18, 1974
Tucson, Arizona
Community Centre

Jun. 19, 1974
Los Angeles, California
Shrine Auditorium

Jun. 22, 1974
Milwaukee, WI
Performing Arts Centre

Jun. 23, 1974
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Aquinas College

Jun. 24, 1974
Toronto, Ontario
Massey Hall

Jun. 25, 1974
Quebec City, Quebec
Convention Center

Jun. 26, 1974
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Jun. 27, 1974
Washington D.C.
Kennedy Centre

Jun. 28, 1974
Asbury Park, New Jersey

Jun. 29, 1974
University Park, Pennsylvania
Penn State University

Jun. 30, 1974
Providence, Rhode Island
Palace Theatre

Jul. 01, 1974
New York, NY
Central Park

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