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McDonald & Shakespeare
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 14, 2012

My thanks to Brian Thomson for sending me the news that Ian McDonald will be providing the music at an all-star benefit reading of Hamlet in New York this month.  

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New Additions To The KC Archive
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Nov 24, 2015
Writing on Facebook, Robert notes that the King Crimson archive, both audio and video, continues to grow. "Road Dog Wilkins is the KC technician with responsibility for the archive viddying and audifying of King Crimson performances. These archives will be assembled and addressed at DGM World HQ with a view to making available whatever material best represents The Seven Headed Beast Of Crim in its Journeying Unto Joy.

There is no specific DVD or live album release currently in the calendar. It has taken Mr. Stormy approximately 17 years to put the DGM archive into a sortable, workable and available condition. And now hereís a pile more stuff. But best guess is, the Venal Impulse will triumph in 2017 and put-upon innocents will be encouraged to hand over their hard-earned pay..."

David Singleton In Canada
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 23, 2015
David Singleton will be giving pre-gig talks at King Crimson's forthcoming shows in Vancouver and Victoria.

Covering his work with King Crimson since the 90s, The Vicar and beyond, the talks provide a fascinating and illuminating insights into the soundworld of DGM that will be of interest to Crimheads.

The talks take place an hour before the advertised start of the King Crimson gigs and are free but must be booked in advance by emailing indeg@dgmhq.com

You'll need to specify which night you'll want to attend:
Thursday 26th
Friday 27th


Sunday 29th

King Calgary
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 23, 2015
With Toronto behind them, King Crimson are moving on to next part of the tour.

Tue 24th Nov Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall

Fresh from the FrippCam.

The Crims arrive in Calgary 22nov2015 c.16.56...




Taking Notice...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Nov 22, 2015
From Robertís camera...

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto;
Friday 21st. November, 2015 c. 17.23...



Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto;
Friday 21st. November, 2015 c. 23.16...







Toronto Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 21, 2015
Here's a review of the November 19th show in Toronto.

And some commentary on the above review from Robert.

..."well-executed and intricately composed music needs more than technical mastery to make it sing."

agreed. it needs both players and audients coming together with goodwill, present in the moment, that they might welcome in and become parents to the Music. otherwise, the notes remain not much more than DNA. my views on this night's performance are already available for those with any interest.

"A tour based on a "best of" album, in this case King Crimson's Elements, can be a pretty safe bet, musically and in performance."

firstly, this is not a tour based on any album.
secondly, safe bet? not on Planet Crimson! playing this music in this KC is like walking through a minefield with friends.

The View From Stage Left
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 21, 2015
This was the view from the stage left guitarist last night.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Toronto:
Friday 20th. November 2015 c. 22.54...



Montreal Snaps
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 21, 2015
Here's some snaps taken in Montreal on the 17th. First up is from Maria...

and a snap wasn't the only Maria nabbed at the gig. She writes "Mesmerized!!! To Pat , a special thank you for the drum sticks.xx
Please come back soon.xx"

Next up is a couple from Phil from the same gig.

Churchscapes 2006 Bundle Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Nov 20, 2015
All eight of Robert Frippís Churchscapes tour of 2006 is now available as a bundle or as individual downloads.  Starting with his concert at Bishopís Cleeve through to the grand surroundings of Norwich cathedral, all eight performances present some remarkably moving music.

For those that have already purchased all three previously available shows (Pershore, St.Paulís and Salisbury) and want to buy the bundle you will be able to nominate a free download of your choice.

Colin Coates wrote in 2006 that he was looking forward to be able to download the performance he attended at Norwich cathedral. Well, nine years later, Colin, here it is!

KC2000 Previously Unseen Video Footage Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Nov 20, 2015
There's more fab previously unseen footage of the Double Duo in Italy 2000 over at DGM's Youtube channel.

A Message From Toronto
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Nov 20, 2015
This just in from Robert in Toronto.

The band went onstage at 20.15 in good spirits. Mel played beautifully over the Eb major / Cm Soundscape. Into Larksí I and onwards.
My experience was of pouring wine into a cup with a hole in it. Once upon a time, I would have attributed this feeling-experience to the presence of bootlegging. Several times the thought flew by: you only need one prick in a balloon.
The energy of a performance contains and embraces those within it, performers and audients. When the energy encircles and holds the event, the performance develops intensity, shifts gear, and becomes a qualitatively different undertaking: it takes off and flies away into a different world. When we are carried with it, sometimes a performance can be transformational: even, redirect the course of lives. A requirement of players and listeners is to remain engaged and present, hopefully with goodwill, to the extent that all can bring to bear. Tonight, strangely, nothing took off IMO; a first for this KC.
Persistent camera persons persisted, despite rounds of applause for the Revised Photo Policy announcement before the show, continuing into the encores.

The Guitarist Stage Left also persisted. Until finally, having been slapped around the face and stabbed in the heart too many times (this is how I experience violation in performance), it was not possible to honourably continue. Robert left the stage, followed shortly by the other Crims. The show finished, a result of ongoing photographic abuse.
The revised KC photo policy is a fair and reasonable way of engaging with those who hand over their hard-earned pay and feel the need to take a picture of the band. To photograph outside those parameters is at least rude, and discourteous to other audients and the players. At a certain point, given the intentionality that gives rise to an act, proscribed acts become aggressive; even close to an expression of ill will. This is what I felt tonight.
A report on tonightís performance, presented from a viewpoint of playing in public for over 56 years.

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