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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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Crimson ProjeKCt Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Feb 28, 2014
Live In Tokyo by the Crimson ProjeKCt gets reviewed here

Keeling's Coniunctio
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Feb 28, 2014
A piece by Andrew Keeling is being performed at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival later this year. For further details head over to the festival website. 

Summers On Summers & Fripp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Feb 28, 2014
Andy Summers talks about his career, including his work with Robert Fripp, here. 

"like King Crimson rewritten by Le Corbusier"
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Feb 28, 2014
My thanks to filiptom for spotting the KC reference in a review of St.Vincent's latest album. 

Dyble's Wintersong
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Feb 27, 2014
Judy Dyble has a video of her song, Winterset out in support of her new album Flow And Change. Find out more about all things Judy here

Strange Tales From The Humans
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Feb 27, 2014
You can hear a track from the brand new album, Strange Tales, by The Humans here. Featuring Toyah Willcox, Chris Wong and King Crimson's Bill Rieflin, the trio will be sharing the bill with Slow Music in April. More details about the album and live dates can be found here. 

Fake Fripp Twitter Account
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 25, 2014
April Fool seems to have come a little early this year. A twitter account bearing the name of Robert Fripp has announced KC69 are reforming for a one-off concert. Obviously there NO truth to this tweet and we are taking steps to have the account closed down. 

Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 24, 2014
What's that you say? Five minutes of outtakes from the recording sessions for Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part One? Yes please! 

On This Date 45 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Feb 23, 2014
The official gigography has King Crimson making their formal live debut on April 9th in London's Speakeasy club.

In fact the band had played a residency  of concerts in Newcastle on Tyne from February 23rd - March 1st. The club where Crimso played was owned by UK comedian Bob Monkhouse. Here's an advert from the local newspaper the following week boasting about all the acts that had been on since it's grand opening ...

They'd been initially booked by the club as Giles, Giles And Fripp but as Change Is MC and stage hypnotist Romark famously announced "Ladies and gentlemen, Giles, Giles and Fripp, who for reasons best known to themselves have changed their name to King Crimson, will have a freak-out without the aid of pot, LSD or any other drugs."

Change Is was a three-storey fun palace and Newcastle's trendiest night spot. Each week the theme of venue changed. The first week was "Love".  The second week was "Fun". The week King Crimson played the theme happened to be "Horror".

As Peter Sinfield and Dik Fraser drove up the frozen motorways with the gear, the band having arrived by train the day before had gone straight from their theatrical digs in South Shields and over to the venue. Fripp recalled that the urge to get to the venue wasn't entirely musically-inspired. "Greg said we should go into the club and line up the birds for the coming week. He looked on me, somewhat rightly, as an inept puller. Once in action I was assured but to get to that point was a problem. Greg for his part had all the lines down and could charm nearly everyone he wanted, and he took it on himself to give me some help in strategy and manoeuvres." 

Under Lake's expert tutelage, Fripp picked up two girls that week but sadly for him that wasn't the only thing the hapless guitarist picked up as a visit to the clap clinic in London's Gower Street and a diagnosis of gonorrhea would later reveal.

Ian McDonald's remembers that the band went down well though the material was hardly likely to be what the Geordie crowd would have been expecting. He recalls Fripp taking a radio mic into the club toilets, adding a distinctly earthy ambient mix to the band's sound.

At another point, during an improvisation, Lake and McDonald engaged in a mock fight. On the last night a girl in the audience fainted, although whether this was due to sheer excitement or poor air conditioning is open to speculation. 

Too Many Crooks Spoil The Trough
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Feb 21, 2014
Two stories that illustrate just how murky the world of digital rights are. First up,  Grooveshark continue to be berated by the major labels for dodgy practices and secondly, the major labels are in turn accused of dodgy digital dealings. The one common factor to both stories is that it's the artists who are getting stiffed again. 

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