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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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Crimson's Canadian Sell-Out
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jun 25, 2015
King Crimson’s two shows in Quebec have sold out and due to extra demand, a third date in Toronto has been added.



Here’s the full list of Canadian dates the band are undertaking in November.

Fri 13th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm
Sat 14th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm
Mon 16th Nov Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Tue 17th Nov  Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Thu 19th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sat 21st Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24th Nov Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Fri 27th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Sun 29th Nov Victoria Royal Theatre
 

Happy Birthday Ian McDonald
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jun 25, 2015
Very best wishes to Ian McDonald who celebrates his 69th year this very day. Though Ian is probably more widely known to the general public for his time as a member of Foreigner, it’s his crucial role and work in establishing King Crimson as a force to be reckoned with in 1969 which Crimheads around the world remember most fondly.





One Bad Apple?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 24, 2015
Apple's much publicised about-face on paying royalties during the first three months of their new music streaming service looks like it might not be the compromise it was first thought to be. According to Digital Music News, it looks as though the rate they'll pay will be just one-fifth of a penny. Meanwhile, our thanks to Anil Prasad of Innerviews for providing this link to guitarist Aram Bajakia's take on the new service.  


Fripp In A Speedboat!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 22, 2015
That's the image beat combo, The Horrors had in mind to help them with their new album. Read more on this unusual attempt at creative visualisation here


Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 22, 2015
Here's a very special selection from Mister Stormy - Robert, Trey and Adrian working on material that would turn up on The ConstruKction of Light back before the Double Trio split up. Check it out here!


Crimson Come To Canada
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 22, 2015
Due to extra demand, a third date in Toronto has been added to King Crimson's Canadian jaunt.



The full dates for the Canadian tour are:

Fri 13th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm
Sat 14th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm
Mon 16th Nov Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Tue 17th Nov  Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Thu 19th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sat 21st Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24th Nov Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Fri 27th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Sun 29th Nov Victoria Royal Theatre


Crimso At Friars
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 22, 2015
34 years after they last appeared at the legendary Friars club in Aylesbury, King Crimson kick off their UK tour there. Their previous performance at Friars was in October 1981.



Crimson's connections to Friars go all the way back to 1969, and you can read about the club's Crimson-hued history here. There are still tickets for their two shows in Aylesbury available here.

A Swift Response To Swift's Response
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 22, 2015
In the wake of protests and negative commentary from the indie label sector and high profile artists such as Taylor Swift, Apple have announced they will now pay artists during the three month trial period for their music streaming service. Catch-up on the latest developments here.


Swift Response
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jun 21, 2015
Having spoken out previously about the disadvantages of streaming, Taylor Swift comes out firmly against Apple's demand that musicians receive no royalties for three months.

We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.

Her open letter to the one of the most profitable companies on the face of the planet can be read here.


Crimson's Past, Present & Future
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 19, 2015
So, when did you last hear Robert Fripp playing a Mellotron* during a King Crimson concert? If you didn't catch Crimson last year in America, then you would have had to been there in 1974 (in the USA) or 1973 (in the UK) to have heard those eerie tones.



You can hear the mighty 'tron in action when King Crimson embark on their UK tour in September - there are second nights with great seats available in Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

Then in November, the team go to Canada. Due to extra demand, a third date in Toronto has been added

Fri 13th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm
Sat 14th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm
Mon 16th Nov Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Tue 17th Nov  Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Thu 19th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sat 21st Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24th Nov Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Fri 27th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Sun 29th Nov Victoria Royal Theatre



*Of course these days the Mellotrons come via Streetly Electronics' small but perfectly formed app. Triggered by a keyboard you'd be hard put to spot the difference between this state of the art version and the beasts of old. Or would you? Find out by catching Crimson live in the next few months.

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