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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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Strange Tales From The Humans
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Feb 27, 2014
You can hear a track from the brand new album, Strange Tales, by The Humans here. Featuring Toyah Willcox, Chris Wong and King Crimson's Bill Rieflin, the trio will be sharing the bill with Slow Music in April. More details about the album and live dates can be found here. 


Fake Fripp Twitter Account
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 25, 2014
April Fool seems to have come a little early this year. A twitter account bearing the name of Robert Fripp has announced KC69 are reforming for a one-off concert. Obviously there NO truth to this tweet and we are taking steps to have the account closed down. 


Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 24, 2014
What's that you say? Five minutes of outtakes from the recording sessions for Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part One? Yes please! 


On This Date 45 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Feb 23, 2014
The official gigography has King Crimson making their formal live debut on April 9th in London's Speakeasy club.

In fact the band had played a residency  of concerts in Newcastle on Tyne from February 23rd - March 1st. The club where Crimso played was owned by UK comedian Bob Monkhouse. Here's an advert from the local newspaper the following week boasting about all the acts that had been on since it's grand opening ...



They'd been initially booked by the club as Giles, Giles And Fripp but as Change Is MC and stage hypnotist Romark famously announced "Ladies and gentlemen, Giles, Giles and Fripp, who for reasons best known to themselves have changed their name to King Crimson, will have a freak-out without the aid of pot, LSD or any other drugs."




Change Is was a three-storey fun palace and Newcastle's trendiest night spot. Each week the theme of venue changed. The first week was "Love".  The second week was "Fun". The week King Crimson played the theme happened to be "Horror".

As Peter Sinfield and Dik Fraser drove up the frozen motorways with the gear, the band having arrived by train the day before had gone straight from their theatrical digs in South Shields and over to the venue. Fripp recalled that the urge to get to the venue wasn't entirely musically-inspired. "Greg said we should go into the club and line up the birds for the coming week. He looked on me, somewhat rightly, as an inept puller. Once in action I was assured but to get to that point was a problem. Greg for his part had all the lines down and could charm nearly everyone he wanted, and he took it on himself to give me some help in strategy and manoeuvres." 

Under Lake's expert tutelage, Fripp picked up two girls that week but sadly for him that wasn't the only thing the hapless guitarist picked up — as a visit to the clap clinic in London's Gower Street and a diagnosis of gonorrhea would later reveal.



Ian McDonald's remembers that the band went down well though the material was hardly likely to be what the Geordie crowd would have been expecting. He recalls Fripp taking a radio mic into the club toilets, adding a distinctly earthy ambient mix to the band's sound.

At another point, during an improvisation, Lake and McDonald engaged in a mock fight. On the last night a girl in the audience fainted, although whether this was due to sheer excitement or poor air conditioning is open to speculation. 




Too Many Crooks Spoil The Trough
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Feb 21, 2014
Two stories that illustrate just how murky the world of digital rights are. First up,  Grooveshark continue to be berated by the major labels for dodgy practices and secondly, the major labels are in turn accused of dodgy digital dealings. The one common factor to both stories is that it's the artists who are getting stiffed again. 


Three Decades Of Different Crim
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Feb 20, 2014
Three titles previously only available as part of the KCCC are now on general sale. Live At The Pier 1982, Live In Philadelphia 1996,  and Live In Milan 2003 were originally released as KCCC 37, 38 and 39 respectively. If you don’t already have them, this is an ideal opportunity to pre-order now for March 17th release.  


The Road To Red At Home 30
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 19, 2014
Here's Valentina in Rome with her copy of The Road To Red. Well, not quite as her husband, Piergiorgio Cupelini explains. "Got the box set and it sounds terrific - and there's a T-shirt for my wife!"



The Road To Red At Home 29
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 19, 2014
My thanks to Antonio who has sent this photo in on behalf of Valerio Bilotti, in Pavia, Italy. Anotonio writes See my friend Valerio copy of Road to Red on his sofa – near one of the weights he use to lift for training. Definitely “Heavy stuff”!"



Red Reviewed
:: Posted by admin on Wed., Feb 19, 2014
The 2-disc edition of Red has been reviewed. Find out if it passed the Audiophile Audition here. 


#KCRC
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 19, 2014
Last week saw the very first King Crimson Record Club take place on Twitter. The idea was simple - a bunch of KC fans get together at a pre-arranged time, using the hashtag #KCRC and listen to a Crimson album.

Given it was the first event, it seemed fitting that In The Court Of The Crimson King would be the disc to get things underway. You can read about the event and the conversation as it was tweeted over on the blog.




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