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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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RFSQ Play The Red Door Cafe
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 15, 2013
There's a great little show by the RFSQ now available to download.



The gig was originally for radio broadcast and is available here.

Crimson Guitars On The Move
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 15, 2013
Here's a link to Ben Crowe's last blog in his old premises.


Atoms For Peace Off Spotify
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 15, 2013
“If people had been listening to Spotify instead of buying records in 1973 I doubt very much if dark side would have been made It would just be to expensive.” That’s the assessment of streaming culture upon artist and industry from Atoms For Peace producer Nigel Goodrich

My thanks to several folks for pointing our attention to this particular story regarding Spotify’s business model.

The morning The Guardian newspaper also follow up this story here and include a mention of Robert and King Crimson.


Vote For LTIA
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jul 14, 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. 


Music Brought To Book
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 11, 2013
My thanks to Chris De Vito for sending a link to an article dating back to 2002 about the parallels between book publishing and the music industry. 


Owzat - King Cricket!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 11, 2013
My thanks to ironageuk for spotting this appearance of KC. He writes "To mark the start of The Ashes series, Gideon Coe’s BBC 6 Music show last night had a cricket theme, including selections from vinyl addict and former England test player Derek Pringle. Derek closed his selection with a rousing Red. Earlier in the day on ’Test Match Special’ they’d previewed this show and were pooh poohing his taste on the basis that on tour buses in his heyday, he’d take off ’perfectly nice’ stuff like Abba and George Benson and put on horrid noise instead. Listen here if the Beeb lets you in your locale."


Pop Matters Goes KC
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jul 10, 2013
King Crimson's output and career come under scrutiny from Pop Matters.  


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.  ½ 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. 

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