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P2 At Albany Again
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 20, 2012

My thanks to J Eric Smith for sending in this marvelous review of P2 playing Albany. You can hear the gig that Eric is writing about here.



Eric writes "I was a music critic (for better or worse) in Albany, New York for many years. My wife and I recently relocated to Des Moines, Iowa, and as part of launching a web presence in my new home community, I have been reviewing old archives of my work for items that might lend themselves to new purposes. I found a ProjeKCt Two live review (copied below) while digging through old floppy discs and files, and thought I would share it here, since I have not seen many other formal newsprint reviews from that era posted here. It was a lovely show, one that I still cite as one of my all-time favorite live performances.

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ProjeKct Two
Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany, New York, May 8, 1998
Copyright 1998, J. Eric Smith (Originally appeared in Metroland, The Alternative Newsweekly of Northeastern New York)

"OK, now we’ve played everything we don’t know,so we can play something that we actually do know," announced electronic drummer Adrian Belew at the end of ProjeKct Two’s second all-instrumental, all-improvised set. Belew, 10-string Warr guitarist Trey Gunn and electric six-string guitarist Robert Fripp then encored with King Crimson’s "Vrooom," an angular number originally created by Fripp, Belew, Gunn and their Crimson bandmates Tony Levin, Bill Bruford and Pat Mastelotto.
 
As nice as it was to hear "Vrooom," the true value of the encore was to place the evening’s improvisational extravaganza in context by providing a single sample of how ProjeKct Two sounded when tackling a fully developed and structured instrumental piece. Frankly speaking, the encore paled in comparison to the 90 minutes of music preceding it, as its rehearsed complexities and nuances were nowhere near as impressive as the knotty, towering sound collages that ProjeKct Two created on the fly as the rapt audience watched and listened.
 
Fripp, Belew and Gunn were watching and listening to each other as well, and much of the thrill of this concert came from witnessing the interactions between these deeply talented musicians who have played together long enough to anticipate each other’s thoughts, sometimes before they eve realize that they’ve had them. Belew or Fripp typically opened each number with a drum or guitar pattern that the other musicians would would investigate, mount and ride, sometimes to loud and uplifting summits, sometimes to quiet, scary grottoes, sometimes back to the point at which they started. It was actually harrowing to experience in many cases, as the trio careened just on this side of control as they rode, the looks on their faces indicating that it was just as thrilling (and frightening) for them as it was their audience.
 
As important as technical prowess was to the concert’s success, mention must also be made of ProjeKct Two’s technological proficiancy. Belew was playing the latest generation of Roland virtual drums, allowing him to create a seemingly infinite number of sonic assaults as he clattered and rattled along with a look-Ma-I’ve-got drums grin on his face. (Understandable, given that he’s normally a guitarist.) Gunn matched Belew’s rhythmic and textural intensity as he tapped, stroked and and beat the touchboard of his Warr guitar.
 
Fripp spun out any number of his trademark spine-tingling sustained guitar lines but also used the treatment technology he has developed over the years via his Soundscape and Frippertronic performance experiments to create a wealth of tones and intonations. At times, the bands’ sounds were so far skewed from what your eyes were reporting to your brain that it was almost psychologically easier to look at the floor and imagine that Fripp was playing cluster chords on some beaten-up jazz-hall piano while Gunn blew on a baritone sax and Belew kept time by tapping on whisky bottles and ashtrays. Crazy, man, crazy.
 
All told, ProjeKct Two’s concert was a magnificent one, and I must confess to feeling great relief in being able to report that. Why? Because Robert Fripp’s written and recorded works have done more to shape both how I listen to and how I think about music than have any other artist’s over the last two decades, although I never actually stood in the same space with Fripp until last Friday. So imagine the potential for debilitating disappointment at this show, and then imagine the transcendent relief and joy when it didn’t come to pass. It literally moved me to tears. And how often can a wordless concert do that?"
 


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Rex No More
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Dec 29, 2013
My thanks to eviLMGD for the following alert about a little bit of Crim-related history. eviLMGD writes "Well, the shop in South Kilburn, London NW6 that GG&F used to get their Revox tweaked at back in the day is finally no more. It had gone down to only being open a couple of days a week (as a Bang and Olufsen franchise), but has finally closed.



The premises have morphed into a shop dealing with house automation equipment (you know, closing your curtains via smartphone whilst you're on another continent, that kind of thing). I don't know, but I hope, that the proprietor of Rex Radio has retired, and if he has, may he enjoy his retirement."



Happy Birthday Peter
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Dec 27, 2013
Many happy returns to Peter Sinfield, who is not only celebrating his 70th birthday today, but is also recovering from heart surgery. Best wishes to Peter. If you have a favourite Sinfield moment either in Crimso or beyond then feel free to share it on the guestbook. 


21st Century Christmas Man
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 26, 2013
My thanks to EmperorNobody who writes "Dunno if this made it across the pond, but it’s a huge hit over here! Happiest of everything to everyone..."



The Road To Red At Home 21 Xmas Edition!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Dec 25, 2013
It's been a very merry Christmas for Stacy who kindly sent in her snap of The Road To Red box set which she's been patiently waiting to open for several weeks now. Stacy, in the UK writes, "seconds after this photo was taken CD1 was playing away, can't wait to investigate further. Yuletide greetings!"



Merry Christmas
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Dec 25, 2013
A very merry Christmas from everyone on the DGMLive team to all our visitors. 


Sighted In Store
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 24, 2013
My thanks to John Toolan for spotting this. John tweeted "Has someone been listening to King Crimson?"



King Crimson 2014 Concerts
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 24, 2013
Reports are circulating in the Chilean media and subsequently on the internet, that King Crimson will be appearing in Chile next May.

For the record, there is no truth whatsoever to such reports.

Just to reaffirm, any concert dates for King Crimson in 2014 will appear on this site first. 


Peter Sinfield Update
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 24, 2013
Following his heart operation last week Peter Sinfield has updated his Facebook status. "** A Medical Announcement ** hi Folks, Peter here! My surgeons tell me they are very happy with echo scans of the work they did during the procedure. Two clips are in place and my heart is working well. Now- Given a little rest and some, good, quiet care I should be as right again in a few weeks. back to work to full time work in three and even flying off for some much needed sunshine in four. I feel a bit shakey,which is normal, but over all I am ALIVE & good. My voice is getting stronger by the hour and long may that continue for; I still have,ahem, much to say. Thank you all again for your constant good wishes which helped me so much through what has been the most miserable few months of my life. I wish you all a jolly,bouncy song-filled, Christmas and as always a bold and brave new year. . . . Bless you. Peter.."


Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Dec 23, 2013
A pre-Crimble Crimso present in the form of an early take of Cadence And Cascade taken from the ITWOP sessions is now available to download. 


Happy Birthday Adrian
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Dec 23, 2013
Birthday greetings and a bottle of wine to Adrian Belew today who is celebrating his 64th birthday. If you've any favourite Ade moments in Crimson then why not share them on the guestbook. In the meantime here's an interview with Adrian where he talks about 2013 and his hopes for the future. 


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