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

The view from Trev’s office...



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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.David’s 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 it’s 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 Fripp’s rig and much else besides, has posted this update on the rehearsals.


So yesterday there were a few problems with Robert Fripp’s guitar rig (Sirius Probe) but after much techy searching and tweaking and fiddling it turned out to be the Eventide 8000’s had reset to factory defaults which didn’t 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 ’fruit machine’ 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 isn’t easy as everything has a ’knock on’ 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 ’rhythm’ contingent. Always a good night out with a very nice (and talented) bunch of guys. Add to this the fact that we’ve found a really nice little family run Italian restaurant and a cheap cab firm and we’re 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.David’s 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...




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Previously Unseen Footage 2000
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 14, 2015
There's over 30 minutes of previously unseen video footage of King Crimson in Paris in 2000 available to view here. 


King Crimson UK Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 14, 2015
With just a couple of weeks to go before King Crimson start their first UK tour since 1982, tickets are beginning to sell out, as can be seen from this advert...



The band will be playing more classic repertoire, some of it for the first time in the UK, from In The Court Of The Crimson King, In The Wake Of Poseidon, Islands, Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, Starless And Bible Black and Red. Other periods of Crimson will also be featured in what promises to be a dream setlist for Crimheads. Additionally, and perhaps more significantly, they will also be unveiling brand new material arising from their run of rehearsals in 2015.  Not for nothing is the tour entitled: The Elements Past, Present And Future.



Given the rarity of King Crimson touring around the UK it’s probably best to grab a ticket for remaining dates in Aylesbury, and the extra dates added in Salford, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

31st Aug Friars Aylesbury
01st Sep Friars Aylesbury
03rd Sep Cardiff, St.David’s 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




Matt's Essential Platters
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 14, 2015
Matt Stevens, the very fine guitarist with The Fierce And The Dead, talks about his ten essential progressive rock albums and includes a bit of KC. Read all about it here. 


Bookies Of Saturday
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 14, 2015
King Crimson made the newspapers in the UK yesterday. Read all about it here. 


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