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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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KC Rehearsals - MORE COWBELL!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 6, 2014
More shots of King Crimson rehearsals have emerged overnight. First up comes from Gavin Harrison's Facebook page and gives you an idea of the set up as it stands at the moment - there's almost as many drums in that room as at a Terry Bozzio solo gig!

Elsewhere last night at Jakko's studio via Robert's Facebook page there was this photocall...

Also check out Tony's update rehearsal blog page for more pix of the boys at work.

Happy Birthday Tony Levin
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 6, 2014
Hats aloft in the air and party poppers abound as Tony Levin celebrates his birthday today as well as Crimsonising in the UK.

If you'd like to share any of your favourite TLev moments please pop them on the guestbook.  

King Crimson, dormant mythical entity and prog band it’s cool to like, reuniting for US tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 6, 2014
Of the many web pages carrying news of KC's return to the frontline, that headline from this piece, is probably our favourite so far. Not quite on a par with the LA Reader's Prog-rock pond scum set to bum you out headline marking the emergence of the Double Trio it's true but not bad. 

Three Drummers And More
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 4, 2014
As Pat Mastelotto says on his Facebook page, what three drummers look like...

Meanwhile over on Robert's Facebook page...

The Elements
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 4, 2014
News of King Crimson’s return to the front line has been the cause of much excitement as has the appearance of this logo, designed by Ben Singleton, which accompanies the tour...

King Crimson's Back Line At Work
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 3, 2014
Robert Fripp posted this photograph on his Facebook page of Jakko, Tony and Mel rehearsing today...

His caption: King Crimson: the Back Line at work on Starless...

Over on his website Tony Levin has posted some photographs of the Crimson team hard at work.

King Crimson 2014 Tour Dates
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 3, 2014

When music appears which only King Crimson can play then, sooner or later, King Crimson appears to play the music.
Robert Fripp.

King Crimson returns to active service in the front line on September 9, 2014 with 17 US performances, the first since 2008.

Born on January 13, 1969 in the basement of the Fulham Palace Cafe, London, this is the eighth incarnation of King Crimson, with:

Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Tony Levin (bass and vocals), Mel Collins (Sax, flute), Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals), and Robert Fripp (guitar).

In his DGM Diary for September 6, 2013, when King Crimson’s return to live performance was announced to an outbreak of media frenzy, fan adoration and spontaneous outpourings of affection, Fripp wrote:

At 18.55 King Crimson VIII moved to its next stage of actualization
This is a very different reformation to what has gone before: seven players, four English and three American, with three drummers.
The Point Of Crim-Seeing was of a conventional Back Line reconfigured as the Front Line. 
The Seven-Headed Beast of Crim is in Go! mode.

King Crimson 2014 dates and venues
Tickets go on sale Friday June 6th 12.00 EST
Available via venues listed and Tickemaster
Tue 9 Sep          Albany, NY                The Egg
Wed 10 Sep       Albany, NY                The Egg
Fri 12 Sep         Philadelphia, PA            Verizon Hall
Sat 13 Sep        Philadelphia, PA            Verizon Hall
Mon 15 Sep      Boston, MA                  Colonial Theatre
Tue 16 Sep       Boston, MA                  Colonial Theatre
Thu 18 Sep       New York, NY               Best Buy
Fri 19 Sep         New York, NY               Best Buy
Sat 20 Sep        New York, NY               Best Buy
Tue 23 Sep       Madison, WI                  Barrymore Theatre
Thu 25 Sep       Chicago, IL                   The Vic Theatre
Fri 26 Sep         Chicago, IL                   The Vic Theatre
Tue 30 Sep       Los Angeles, CA           Orpheum Theatre
Wed 01 Oct       Los Angeles, CA           Orpheum Theatre
Fri 03 Oct          San Francisco, CA        The Warfield
Sat 04 Oct        San Francisco, CA        The Warfield
Mon 06 Oct       Seattle, WA                   Moore Theater

King Crimson In "Lotsa Fun" Shock Horror
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 2, 2014
On the day that the new line-up of King Crimson held its first day of full band rehearsals, this just in from Robert Fripp: "First day of King Crimson rehearsals, with Front Line of three drummers and Back Line of three players (Mel Collins arriving back today from touring in Italy, joining us tomorrow) reporting good days. Personally, i had lotsa fun.
Two Crim Principles articulated:
1.Enjoying our playing together is encouraged.
2.If you don't wish to play a part, give it to someone else - there's enough of them!
Tour itinerary will be announced tomorrow on DGM.

On This Date 16 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 2, 2014
ProjeKct Two were knocking the socks off punters in Cleveland Ohio. The gig is available for download here. JPrisco who purchased this show said "this is ProjeKct music to peel paint, to frighten cows, to crumble empires. Bring fresh underwear" and another audient with the  name of thestaz, had this to say: "I was in attendance at this show and it was one to remember.  I was very close to the stage; the now defunct Odeon was SRO.  Thinking it would be clever, I yelled at the band, "Are we on Zarg yet?" after the song which I later came to know as Light ConstruKction.  Mr. Fripp, I think, found it more annoying than clever.  He pointed a finger at me and the listener can hear him say on this recording, "Who is this guy!?"  LOL.  Mr. Gunn merely shrugged at me.  Mr. Belew replied, "That’s in a different universe!""

Warming Up With Bowness
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 2, 2014
Pat Mastelotto and Andrew Keeling appear on Abandoned Dancehall Dreams, the new solo album by No-Man singer Tim Bowness. Andrew provided the album's string arrangements whilst Pat can be heard to the fore on this thunderous track The Warm Up Man Forever. You can read an interview with Tim talking about this track here

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