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King Crimson In Canada: Tour Tickets On Sale
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., May 22, 2015

Tickets for King Crimson's forthcoming tour of Canada are on sale from today.

King Crimson 2015 dates and venues
Fri 13 Nov      Quebec, QC      Palais Montcalm
Sat 14 Nov      Quebec, QC      Palais Montcalm
Mon 16 Nov      Montreal, ON    Theatre St. Denis
Tue 17 Nov      Montreal, ON    Theatre St. Denis
Thu 19 Nov      Toronto, ON     Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20 Nov      Toronto, ON     Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24 Nov      Calgary, AB     Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26 Nov      Vancouver, BC   Vogue Theatre
Fri 27 Nov      Vancouver, BC   Vogue Theatre
Sun 29 Nov      Victoria, BC    Royal Theatre

Following their acclaimed tour of America in 2014, King Crimson returns to active service in 2015. With dates for the UK and Europe already in place for August and September, King Crimson are pleased to announce they will be performing a series of concerts in Canada during November. It will be King Crimson’s first appearance in Canada since 2003.  





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Theo Wraps It Up
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 8, 2015
Theo Travis has finished work on his new solo album due to be released in July. You can read a short update about it here. Also worth looking at is
Theo's personal tribute to Daevid Allen, who died last month.


Cross & Stick Men In Japan
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 8, 2015
David Cross has joined Stick Men to play two gigs in Japan this week. The violinist joins Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter, bridging the gap between 70s, 80s and 90s Crim. Leonardo Pavkovic, from MoonJune Records posted this picture of the team as they go over logistics and setlists.











More Crimso For iTunes
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Apr 7, 2015
Four more albums by King Crimson are about to be released on iTunes later this month.








ITWOP, Lizard, Islands and Starless And Bible Black will be available for download from April 14th and are available for pre-order now.  These titles join ITOCTCK, LTIA, Red and Live At The Orpheum on the iTunes roster.



Crimso On BBC Six Music
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Apr 7, 2015
King Crimson and Islands got a special namecheck and shoutout on BBC6 Music yesterday.  The station’s output had been given over to The Unthanks, whose latest album, Mount the Air, has attracted  widespread critical acclaim.

Adrian McNally, pianist with the group introduced the track:  “This next piece, alongside Sketches Of Spain by Miles Davis and Gil Evans, has had more influence on me as an arranger and producer than any other, and also reveals the source of inspiration of our use of trumpet in The Unthanks. For most of my adult life this piece has been just a distant memory from childhood. I wasn’t even sure who it was by until I looked it up again recently.

All I could remember was the feeling it gave me, and now I realise that my limited armoury of tricks that relate to the impact of scale on the power and intimacy of music were all subconsciously learnt from this one piece. As an adult I can see its flaws but the best prog is full of flaws because the best prog was pushing boundaries, and if you’re pushing boundaries and not getting it wrong half the time, you’re not pushing hard enough. This is Islands by King Crimson...”

The programme then goes on to play the full track with Adrian adding afterwards, “Before we get any King Crimson aficionados regarding my comment about trumpet on that track, that was Mark Charig playing the cornet not the trumpet but did inspire us to use trumpet in The Unthanks which we’ve gone on to do.”  You can listen to the whole show here with the King Crimson section starting at around 01.09.34.

The band have previously covered Starless by King Crimson on their 2011 album, Last. You can read my take on the record over on the blog


This Just In From Reuter
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Apr 5, 2015
Markus Reuter talks about his work including Stick Men and Crimson ProjeKCt in this new interview with Anil Prasad. 


Gavin Interviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 2, 2015
Check out this podcast wherein Gavin Harrison talks about his new album, Cheating The Polygraph, and the role Robert Fripp had in its conception. 


KC Unplugged
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 1, 2015
The support act for the forthcoming King Crimson tour will be King Crimson - unplugged! 

In addition to Crimso playing a 20 minute set of KC-related material on acoustic instruments at each of the dates already announced, the group are also also to make low-key acoustic only appearance at this year's Green Man Festival, as a warm-up for the KC tour proper later that month.

This perhaps surprising announcement comes after an equipment failure at last week’s full rehearsals. While the electrics were being fixed, Fripp and Jakszyk reverted to acoustic instruments in order to carry on their work. “We turned a disadvantage into an advantage” comments Fripp in his April 1st dairy published later today.

There’s no indication yet as to which numbers will be covered but the phrase “KC-related” opens up the possibility of Guitar Craft repertoire as well as solo material from Jakszyk and Rieflin also under consideration.


Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 30, 2015
The latest Stormy selection finds Alex blowing off the cobwebs from the tracking sessions of Indoor Games from King Crimson's Lizard. You can download the track here for free and you can also watch and listen via DGM Live's YouTube channel. 


On This Date 41 Years Ago...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Mar 29, 2015
Starless And Bible Black was released on this date 41 years ago.



The album received mixed reviews at the time. The Melody Maker, under the headline Crimso: Black is beautiful, declared “...the history of Crimson would appear to consist of a series of internal struggles, polarised between Fripp and various caucuses in the band and centering on Fripp’s assertion of the rightness of his own path, but little of of it resulting in real creative tension. Probably as consequence of greater personal stability, however, and possibly because of a more harmonious chemical balance within this particular set of musicians, this album strikes me as an extremely happy medium between emotion and technique; it’s neither as overweeningly grandiose and manic as the first two albums, nor as precious as Islands. In short, as Micawber would say, Mr. Fripp seems to have got his shit together.”

Record Mirror observed “They are an incredibly highly strung group, fierce when driving together and daring on solo flights. Side two’s title track and Fracture may be more than you can bear to listen to on first hearing; try it again and again and rock’s cobwebs start to dissolve.”

Sounds reckoned “King Crimson have made a record that equals in intensity and innovative musicianship the strength that can achieve on stage. LTIA palled very quickly as an album, especially when you’d seen them play a good gig, but this one - I suspect - will maintain its ability to hold you through a sequence of twists and turns much longer than its predecessor.”

And finally, NYC’s TV News had this advice for listeners: “As long as you take the next few weeks to become accustomed to Starless you’ll probably develop an intense passion for it. Suggestion: don’t listen to it if you’re depressed or contemplating life after death.”


New Crimson Titles Unveiled
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Mar 27, 2015
Robert Fripp has updated his online diary today and reveals the titles of three new tracks currently under construction at this week's King Crimson rehearsals. Robert also reveals that an album featuring a full set list taken from last year's American tour is in the pipleline though no release date has been set. You can read all about it here. 


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