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Thrak On A Plate
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Feb 18, 2012

My thanks to Adam Aronson for sending me this picture of his recently acquired personalised number plate.



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KC Live In Toronto Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 17, 2016
The first full concert release by this incarnation of King Crimson is released this week.



The 2-disc set captures the band in full-flight in a decisive performance. The show, already available for download, has prompted these reactions from site visitors.

"What an album! Couple of points - firstly it’s a brilliant live recording and mix, and also firstly it’s a brilliant performance. Everyone is brilliant, though it’s most noticeable that Mel Collins has now properly found his place in the many hot tunes that didn’t originally have a wind part."


"'Larks Tongues In Aspic, Part I' -- The highlight for me. Gave me chills on my first listen."

"This is a wonderful document of a band on fire - and they certainly were that night. For those underwhelmed by last year’s Orpheum release, this may well be the cure. For those simply waiting for a more complete Crim Mk.VIII experience, this is very much the real deal, presented virtually unaltered. It presents the band in all the breadth of its sweep, and finally does justice to the jaw-dropping triple-drummer frontline. The stereo mix is dynamic, clear, almost too good to be true for a live mix!"

"Many are still asking the question "Why three drummers?" I can say that I am not after hearing this. This band is smoking hot. At times, there are moments of sublime beauty, and at others, borderline cacophony, and everything in between that you’ve come to expect from King Crimson."


"This is a wonderful concert with the highs of Epitaph and Easy Money! It can´t be better!"


You can order it via Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe).

King Crimson At Plumpton 1969
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 14, 2016
King Crimson's appearance at the Plumpton Festival in 1969 is available to download today. Although this show has long been available as part of the Epitaph set released in 1997, there's been several calls for it to be added to the site, not least of all by site visitor, Harry Spade.

It's a great audience recording that captures the band on especially good form.



The Plumpton concert is available to download here.

Keith Emerson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Mar 12, 2016
The death of Keith Emerson was announced yesterday. Keith’s work with The Nice and then Emerson, Lake and Palmer saw him emerge as one of the pivotal figures in the late ’60s rock music and throughout the 1970s.

King Crimson supported The Nice in 1969, notably at Croydon’s Fairfield Hall which yielded The Nice’s Five Bridges album, and when both bands played various bills America during November. It was there, following McDonald and Giles’ announcement they would be leaving the group, that Emerson and Lake began discussing the possibilities of working together.

Emerson had several connections to King Crimson beyond his obvious association with Greg Lake and later, Peter Sinfield, with both Andy McCulloch and Ian Wallace renting rooms in the keyboard player’s flat in London’s Drayton Gardens.  

In 2014 Jakko Jakszyk’s surround sound and new stereo remixes of Brain Salad Surgery were released, followed a year later by Jakko’s remix of their 1972 album, Trilogy.

The team at DGMLive sends its condolences to Keith’s family.

UPDATE: Greg Lake pays tribute to Keith Emerson.

"To all ELP friends and fans all over the world, I would like to express my deep sadness upon hearing this tragic news. As you know Keith and I spent many of the best years of our lives together and to witness his life coming to an end in the way that it has is painful, both to myself and to all who knew him.

As sad and tragic as Keith's death is, I would not want this to be the lasting memory people take away with them. What I will always remember about Keith Emerson was his remarkable talent as a musician and composer and his gift and passion to entertain. Music was his life and despite some of the difficulties he encountered I am sure that the music he created will live on forever.

My deepest condolences go to Keith's family. May he now be at peace."


Trey Talk
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Mar 11, 2016
There's an interview with Trey Gunn just been posted where he talks about his approach to his chosen instrument, being asked to join King Crimson and lots of other topics. Check it out here. Also check out Trey's updated blog in which he relates his recent experiences as part of the 3Below event where he shared a platform with Michael Manring and Alonso Arreola. 


Sir George Martin
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 9, 2016
The death of Sir George Martin at the age of 90 has understandably prompted a wave of tributes. Both Robert Fripp and Ian McDonald have cited The Beatles, and therein Martin's work with them, as being an important influence.

John Wetton worked with Sir George on many occasions as he told me in 2014. "Back in 1970 I was taken under George Martin’s wing. for some reason he liked what I did and he used me again and again on sessions. He was great. It was like having the Duke of Edinburgh for your grandad. He’d show me around and tell me about his new engine he’d got in his car and all that sort of stuff. I’m very grateful to him because I earned so much money when everybody else was starving at that point in 1970. For a while I was part of the furniture at AIR when it first opened. He had me playing on loads of singles, Kodak adverts, and I did one album with Larry Norman and I also did the second Edwards Hands album with him.”

Jakko Jakszyk also paid tribute to Martin via his Facebook page.
 
"Saddened to hear of the passing of the great George Martin. A unique talent and true innovator. Indeed the shaper of the music I grew up with. The inventor of numerous studio techniques that we've all copied since and an amazing arranger of strings and brass. There really will never be anyone comparable I suspect."

You can also read about own favourite George Martin moments over on the blog.


Robert's New Diary Entry
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 9, 2016
A reminder, in case you missed it, Robert has updated his dairy to report on the recent arisings within The OCG XII and to announce the arrival of a new member of King Crimson. On that topic there's been some talk on the guestbook and elsewhere about Bill having left the band. He hasn't. As Robert made clear in the new diary entry, Bill is taking a sabbatical from the group, a decision supported by the rest of his colleagues. 


New Drummer For KC
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 7, 2016
Robert Fripp has announced that drummer Jeremy Stacey will be replacing Bill Rieflin on the forthcoming 2016 tour starting in September. Writing in his updated diary, Fripp notes:

Bill Rieflin recently decided to take a sabbatical, a decision supported by all the Crimson Brothers. So, what to do with September performances already sold out?

Both Gavin and Jakko’s first thought was: call Jeremy Stacy. Jeremy grew up in the Bournemouth Scene, where I went to see both Stacy Brothers at Bumbles (a Bournemouth club) in 1981. Jeremy worked with Paul Holman in Wimborne, next door to the former Fripp World HQ. Bournemouth features large in the Crimson world of players: Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Robert Fripp, Gordon Haskell, Andy McCullough, John Wetton and now - Jeremy Stacey.



Hot shots from Jeremy’s CV:

Jeremy grew up in Bournemouth in the 1960s, learnt drums, piano and recording technique with identical twin Paul Stacey, also a guitarist, keyboard player and producer.

Attended acting school at the London-based Drama Centre in his teens after appearing in adverts and TV series as a child actor.

Involved in the London Jazz scene from his twenties, including with Jason Rebello.

A member of The Lemon Trees with Guy Chambers in the 1990s.

Toured with Aztec Camera, The Waterboys, World Party, Omar, Echo and the Bunnymen, Eurythmics, Chris Robinson’s (Black Crowes) New Earth Mud, The Finn Brothers (Crowded House and SplitEnz) and Tom Jones.

In 2000, Jeremy began a 10-year working partnership with Sheryl Crow, recording and touring the world; then Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Recorded with Ryan Adams, Ethan Johns, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Sheryl Crow, Aztec Camera, The Waterboys, Joe Cocker, Paul Young, Sia, Echo & the Bunnymen, Zero 7, Roachford, Robbie Williams, Amy Winehouse, Chris Robinson’s New Earth Mud, Gary Barlow, Take That, Charlotte Gainsbourg / Air, Staves, Glyn Johns, Nick Harper, Benmont Tench (Heartbreakers), Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Tal Wilkenfeld, Chris Squire, Steve Hackett, David Jackson, David Holmes, Alfie Boe, Neil Diamond, and others.

Played in recent years with, among others, Doyle Bramhall, Sixto Rodriquez, Madeliene Peyroux, Wayne Krantz, Hamish Stuart, Pino Palladino, Rudder and Jason Falkner.

Produced and recorded albums for Tim Garland (Chick Corea), Tom Baxter and Rob Bravery, learning from the New York Jazz scene, now taking a new direction.  Dismantling a substantial recording studio in 2015, currently returning to a simple digital set-up; and adopting a discipline to sit down and put together his own album.

Jeremy will be the Centre Drumson for KC’s Autumn 2016 Euro-touring.


Jakko On BBC 6 Music
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Mar 4, 2016
King Crimson's Jakko Jakszyk will be appearing on Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music show on Saturday night at 9.00 p.m. As special guest, Jakko will be talking to Tom for an hour of conversation and choosing tracks from Jakko's career.



The link to the programme on the BBC iPlayer can be found here.

Jakko and Tom worked together in the 1990s and released an album together entitled Blood Brothers, which also features Gavin Harrison on drums. You can listen or buy the album over on Tom's Bandcamp page.

Eno's Vinyl A Peel
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 3, 2016
My thanks to Albemuth who points our attention to a video interview we missed when it was first broadcast last year. It's Brian Eno exploring John Peel's record collection, wherein No Pussyfooting receives an honourable mention. Take a look at the video here and take a look at the albums Mr. Gordon Stomach chose here while at Peel Acres here. And on the subject on vinyl, Brian Eno has a new album in various formats coming out in April, details of which can be found here.
 


Purchase Problem Resolved
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 2, 2016
The Great Crims Crash of 2016 has been reversed! The e-commerce problems which had prevented people from either downloading or ordering Live In Toronto in the last 24 hours have now been resolved.

All of those good folks who tried to order a CD via Inner Knot or download directly from this site but were denied, will be contacted by email in the next few hours.

In the meantime Live In Toronto awaits your listening pleasure!





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