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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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Live At The Orpheum At Home 4 - 6
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 22, 2015
There's a bumper crop of photos of folks and their copies of Live At The Orpheum hitting the in-box at the moment. So here's a few for the price of one.

First up, Kevin O' Sullivan of West Sussex, who writes "KC tee, KC cd, KC guitar, KC crimhead..."

Jonathan Block in the USA offers this screen shot of the album in his home...

and finally a selfie from Fernando Lobo in the Netherlands...

Gavin Harrison - Cheating The Polygraph
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 19, 2015
Gavin Harrison has a new solo album out soon. Gavin broke the news via his Facebook page. "My new album will be released early April (Kscope records). Amazing arrangements of many of my favourite Porcupine Tree songs. I've been working on this for 5 years and it features some of the World's best contemporary Jazz players."

Mister Stormy's Blue Mundy
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 19, 2015
They say you can pick your friends but you can't pick your family. However, a glance at Mr.Stormy's fingers on his brother's T-shirt suggest this old saying may not be entirely true!

Blue Mundy and Stormy Mundy

Orpheum Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 18, 2015
Here's another take on the Live At The Orpheum album, reviewed over at The Progressive Aspect. 

Live At The Orpheum At Home 3
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 18, 2015
My thanks to Duncan Gardiner, of Epsom in Surrey, for sending in this snap of a KC-loving Dalek.

Robert Fripp Speaking At Lady & The Champs 15
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 18, 2015
Patricia Fripp answers the question "why is Robert Fripp speaking at Lady And The Champs Speakers Conference" in this video. You can find out more about the event and how to stream Robert and Patricia's contributions direct to your PC here. 

Here Comes The Gunn
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 18, 2015
Trey Gunn is a busy, busy man. This week in Seattle  he takes part in what's described an electro-acoustic semi-improvised opera entitled The Ballad of Ishtar (more details about the cast here).

At the end of the month he's in the UK and Europe as part of the Security project, performing the music of Peter Gabriel alongside Jerry Marotta with whom Trey first worked with on the Sylvian Fripp release, The First Day back in 1993.

Trey is also releasing a new album. Entitled The Waters, They Are Rising it includes a series of improvisations based around Peter Gabriel's Here Comes The Flood.

You can listen to one of the improvs and a haunting version of Bob Dylan's Not Yet Dark here.

Live At The Orpheum At Home 2
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jan 17, 2015
As Live At The Orpheum begins to arrive in people's houses, so too do the photos. First up today, looking decidedly cheery with his purchase, is Theo Horneman from Friesland, in the Netherlands.

Also spotted via Twitter comes this picture from the artist Martin Hoogeboom, spookily also from the Netherlands! Martin writes "Man in painting turns around saying 'I hate King Crimson!'. Me? On the contrary..."

Please keep 'em coming via competitions@dgmlive.com marked Orpheum.

:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jan 17, 2015
My thanks to Eric for this intriguing item. "I regularly follow a satirical webzine called Des Mean in Iowa, where I live. Today the following post appeared in their Twitter feed . . .

Get to Know an Iowan #1: Konrad Yüngermann

I followed it to an interview with their curator, who is apparently from a Swedish town called Gröön . . . among other details of a Crimson hue. Hmmmm . . . . "

KC: Transmitting From The Future...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 16, 2015
Live At The Opheum receives a thumbs-up from the pages of online journal, The Quietus.

"...On the evidence of Live At The Orpheum, KC still sound like they're transmitting from a future we haven't reached yet..." Read the full review here.

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