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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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Jakko's Trilogy
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 12, 2015
Jakko Jakszyk's remix of Emerson, Lake and Palmer's 1972 album, Trilogy, has garnered praise in some recent reviews. Here's Classic Rock magazine's take on the new surround sound version...



You can also read my take on the album which was first published in Prog mag over on the blog.

Happy Birthday John Wetton
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 12, 2015
Please send your good wishes and congratulations in the direction of John Wetton.



John, who is still recovering from last month's major surgery, celebrates his birthday in sunny Bournemouth this very day.

Berlin Guitar Dates
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 12, 2015
The Berlin Guitar Ensemble are playing two dates in the UK next month.



The first gig will be at The Subscription Rooms, Stroud on 3rd July and on the 5th July the team can be found at Komedia in Bath.

Here's a video of the Guitar Circle of Europe playing The Great Deceiver. Chris Smith of the BGE says "the video is the closest we have to the BGE including a fair few of the same players. I doubt we'll do The Great Deceiver, but there will likely be some Crimson easter eggs in the set."


King Crimson UK Tour: 2nd Nights Added
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jun 11, 2015
Second nights in Manchester Birmingham and Edinburgh have been added to King Crimson's UK tour in September.



For those keeping scores, the last time Crimso played Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh was 34, 42 and 43 years ago respectively! Given the remorseless and inevitable advance of time, you'd have to be daft to wait another 34, 42, and 43 years to see the band in those cities, so grab your tickets NOW.

KC Quick In Quebec
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 9, 2015
King Crimson's shows Quebec are close to selling out with only 50 tickets left for each of the shows on the 13th & 14th November. If you've not yet nabbed your ticket, you'd better grab it quick!



Go here for details.


Extra Show In Toronto
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 9, 2015
An extra date has been added to King Crimson’s run of shows in Toronto.



In addition to the 19th and 20th, the group will also be performing on Saturday November 21st. Tickets will go sale this coming Friday. Grab your tickets here. 

Running Out Of Tape
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 8, 2015
Here's a fascinating, and potentially sobering piece in The Quietus on the race against time when it comes to archiving all those old tapes. 


Happy Birthday Jakko!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 8, 2015
Crack open a bottle of something convivial and raise your glasses in the direction of Jakko Jakszyk, who celebrates his birthday today.



In case you missed it first time around, Jakko's solo album, The Bruised Romantic Glee Club, is available at an agreeably decent price here.


Happy Birthday Tony!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jun 6, 2015
Tony Levin, bespoke bassist and Stick man to the stars, celebrates his birthday today.



Old road dog that he is, Tony is currently out with Stick Men - check out his great photos from the tour so far over on his website.

David Cross Competition
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 5, 2015
David Cross' new album, Starless Starlight is getting some favourable reviews in the press. This just in from the latest edition of Prog magazine.



If you would like to win a copy of the above album all you have to do is email me the name of the live album by the David Cross band. Please head your email DAVID CROSS COMP. The name of the winner will be plucked from a hat and announced on Friday 12th June.

Meanwhile part of David's back catalogue has just been made available via Burning Shed.

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