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More KC 69 Now Online
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 13, 2012

You can now nab yourself two vintage bits of Crimso history via DGMLive. First up is the historic Hyde Park gig which helped bring the band to much wider world, and their next-day gig at the Marquee from their legendary run at the London club. Please note both of these gigs (with bonus tracks) are available as part of the King Crimson Collectors' Club series via the mail order shop.


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On This Date 46 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 13, 2015
This date in 1969 marks the official beginning of King Crimson with the start of rehearsals in the cramped basement of the Fulham Palace Cafe. Situated at 193 Fulham Palace Road, W6, the cafe was owned by George and Peter Calatychos who let out their basement as a rehearsal space. It had been found by Peter Sinfield, then the band's roadie and lighting person.

According to Ian McDonald's diary at around 7.30pm, Dik, Pete, Bob and Greg called round to his flat to come and shift the 'tron to the new rehearsal rooms on the Fulham Palace Road. Once they'd set everything up, McDonald's diary also reveals the band had a blow until just after 10.00 p.m.

It would be King Crimson's base of operations for the next two and a half years.




Here's how the cafe was looking in 2011 when I visited the location to take part in a Japanese TV documentary...











It's astonishing to think that a four piece band and all their gear used to fit into such a confined space. The same space was used by bands after King Crimson vacated the cafe in 1972 for several years.





Live At The Orpheum At Home
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 13, 2015
Here's a picture of composer Andrew Keeling at home with his copy of Live At The Orpheum taken from Andrew's Facebook page.



If you've got a snap of the album at home and you'd like to share with everyone, send it to us via competitions@dgmlive.com marked Orpheum.

Guestbook Reprieved
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 12, 2015
Just when you thought it was all over - the guestbook has received a last-minute stay of execution! Check out David Singleton's updated diary for the details. 


Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 12, 2015
Mister Stormy has blown the dust off Robert Fripp's appearance on the Mark Radcliffe Show on Radio 1 back in July 1995 There's nearly 25 minutes worth of witty banter and three soundscapes (including the legendary No Pottyflushing) to tickle your earbuds. Tune in to the fun right here.


King Crimson & In C
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 12, 2015
Composer Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner was talking about the influences upon his work, including King Crimson, on BBC Radio 3’s concert of minimalist music last night. The programme was a celebration of Terry Riley’s seminal work In C and as well as containing a performance of the piece it featured the work of other composers. You can hear Robin talking about his own new work, Unsleeping, here receiving its world premier, at around 18.00 minutes into the broadcast. 


Rolling Stone: KC is best new touring band of 2014
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 12, 2015
King Crimson made Rolling Stone critic David Fricke's highlights of 2014 as you can read here. 


All About Live At The Orpheum
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 11, 2015
Here's a review of Live At The Orpheum from John Kelman over at All About Jazz.  


Starless In Situ 9
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 9, 2015
How about this photo sent in from New York by ace bassist and much else besides, Clint Bahr, who writes: "The Starless box meets my 'tron..."



Adrian's Music Talk
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 9, 2015
Following on from their recent interview with Pat Mastelotto, the Riff & Ralk website chatted with Adrian Belew which you can listen to here. 


Cat Food Again!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 8, 2015
Over the last 24 hours there’s been an understandable flurry of excitement online and across social media at King Crimson’s 1970 Top of the Pops appearance turning up on Youtube featuring Keith Tippett, Michael and Peter Giles, Robert Fripp and Greg Lake playing Cat Food. Up until then the only known documentation of the band's appearance to lip sync their single on the show were Harry Hammond's photographs.

DGM were alerted about the existence of the video at the start of the week just before it went online and immediately entered into discussions to have the footage returned to the KC archive.

The original footage had indeed been wiped by the BBC. However, foreign TV stations who bought the show were able to record their own continuity and insert them into BBC footage for transmission in their countries. In this instance the host is Joe Berger for the German show Hits A Go Go.

The lost footage was the source of a spoof news report on this site back in 2006 for April Fools Day. The DGMLive prankster team were considering another pass at the story later this year but will now have to come up with another wheeze!   


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