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:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Sep 24, 2016

Thanks to Deborah Mastelotto who spotted this headline.

As Jakko wryly observed "Headline writers of Danish broadsheets appear to have a different sensibility to their UK equivalents!"

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New Dates For King Crimson Euro Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 18, 2016
King Crimson have added a series of extra concerts to their European tour later this year, taking in Belgium, Italy and Austria. 

Tickets will be going on sale Friday 20th May at 10.00 CET.

Wednesday 2nd November  Stadsschouwburg Antwerp  
Thursday 3rd November Stadsschouwburg Antwerp
Saturday 5th November Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan
Sunday 6th November  Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan
Tuesday 8th November Teatro Verdi, Florence,
Wednesday 9th November Teatro Verdi, Florence,
Friday 11th November Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome
Saturday 12th November Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome
Monday 14th November Teatro Coloseeo, Torino
Tuesday 15th November Teatro Coloseeo, Torino
Wednesday 30th November Museumsquartier, Vienna
Thursday 1st December Museumsquartier, Vienna

Wine,Silence, Cups & Music
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 18, 2016
In the wake of birthday salutations, Reporters Notebook rolled out one of Robert Fripp's most quoted misquotes, namely “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.”

The actual quote is as follows:

Music is the cup which holds the wine of silence.
Sound is that cup, but empty.
Noise is that cup, but broken.

The aphorism dates from the spring of 1980 when Fripp was playing in Paris with The League Of Gentlemen.

The origin of the phrase's popularity, albeit in a corrupted form, seems to stem from its misuse in a 2005 episode of the very popular  ITV detective series, Rosemary And Thyme entitled, The Cup Of Silence.

During the murder mystery show, writer Stephen Gallagher has one of the characters raise a glass and offer the toast, "Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence", even having the character attribute the phrase to Robert Fripp.

It seems likely that Gallagher found the quote via the internet where it enjoys a secondary life as an inspirational meme of sorts.

The mangled phrase also has its own page dedicated to explaining what it might mean.

The wrong quote even received a kind of municipal immortality when Southwark Council weaponised it as part of an anti-social behaviour strategy aimed at buskers. Who says irony is dead?

The Wine Of Silence was the title of the 2012 release by Fripp, Keeling and Singleton, an album of orchestral arrangements of Fripp's soundscapes.

All About Jazz's John Kelman said of the album "In collaboration with Keeling and Singleton, he's proven the continued relevance of his work on an album that stands alone in his discography, yet is the logical and inevitable consequence of a lifetime's work."

Coinciding with the launch of the album release, in May 2012 a special concert of the music was staged in Amsterdam with the Metropole Orchestra and the Crouch End Chorus under the baton of Jules Buckley. You can read my experience of the performance over on the blog and my take on the album here

The Wine Of Silence is available from Inner Knot and Burning Shed.

Happy Birthday Bill Bruford
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 17, 2016
Let's give a big shout-out to Bill Bruford who celebrates his birthday today. The man who stoked the rhythmic engine room in King Crimson during the 70s, 80s and 90s is 67 years old today.

In case you've not been there, check out Bill's website for all sorts of fascinating archived interviews and commentary on the highpoints of his career from the man himself.

Happy Birthday Robert Fripp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 16, 2016
Raise a glass of your favourite tipple and send out your birthday wishes today to Robert Fripp, who in addition to being the birthday boy is also celebrating his wedding anniversary on the same day.

Here's Robert during King Crimson's 2014 rehearsals photographed by Scarlet Page

Burnin' Up Daryl's House
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 16, 2016
My thanks to Chuck Benz who writes "It's always fun to keep an eye on Daryl Hall's show Daryl's House to see when a guest wants to do something from Sacred Songs or even Exposure - the latest is Cheap Trick joining on You Burn Me Up..., and at least for the next few days, the video of the show is up on the Daryl's House web site"

Ade Amped Up
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., May 14, 2016
Adrian Belew discusses how he's gone post-amp and a lot more besides in this new interview. 

Theo's Guide To Good Sax
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., May 13, 2016
Theo Travis recently appeared on Cliff Pearson’s Live From Progzilla Towers internet radio show talking about some of his favourite sax moments in progressive rock.

The show, which includes King Crimson’s Ladies Of The Road, can be downloaded or streamed here.

Last month Theo and Robert Fripp got together. Theo’s Facebook update noted "Just had a wonderful lunch, catch up and discussion about possible future plans with Robert Fripp."

David Cross - New Album
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 11, 2016
The David Cross Band have a new album out soon.

Sign Of The Crow, the new studio album by the David Cross Band to be released on Noisy Records on 5th August 2016. The album can be pre-ordered from www.david-cross.com (all pre-orders carry a free and immediate previously unreleased DCB download).

More Tony Talking
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 11, 2016
My thanks to Will Cruttenden, bassist with New Accelerator, who says "there's a very good interview with Tony Levin on the No Treble Podcast. It's an inspiring listen." Check it out here.

Tony Talking
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 5, 2016
My thanks to Abunai for this link to an interview with Tony Levin wherein he discusses life on the road and a few other things besides.  There's also a short interview with Tony's Stick Men buddy, Markus Reuter here and check out this review of the team's recent appearance in Toronto.

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