Where is the bottom end? January 6, 2009
Written by nonspecific
The performance is great but Trey seems to be MIA in the mix. Iíve noticed this with other shows from this particular tour.
Note to Self: See Crimson in Chicago if the Chance Ever Arises Again September 24, 2008
Written by jwalliser
After hearing this and the 2008 Park West show, Chicago is a must if weíre lucky enough to see another tour. I agree with an earlier comment that Trey is low in the mix (even on Thrush), which is unfortunate. On the plus side, Pat is up front; íDangerous Curvesí will send a few extra shivers up your spine as a result. The true gem though is "Potato Pie" -- it cooks, and the band sounds like theyíre really having fun playing this at the close.
Artyom December 31, 2007
Written by Artyom
King Crimson always on the top! They are great for their music, because they donít repeat themselves.
The world is my oyster stew Adrian Belew twang bar November 23, 2007
Written by KC_1980s
This is the most compelling of the 2000s shows at this site, because it has both Eyes Wide Open and Happy WWYH2BHW. Given that LTIA-IV is AWOL, I used the version from the Happy EP, which makes this about 120 min of music. I applied the delete function to this until it got down to a CD of music (I am not the biggest COS fan, especially of the songs with lyrics) and it turned out very well as a snapshot of the band at this time. My splice job gave me an exploration of Level 5 and LITA-IV, the major pieces, plus the good songs (which will be relative to each listener, of course!) - I
find the material from COS and PTB more
compelling live, when you know four
guys have to make the music in real
time. Eyes Wide Open is also a nice live
track, and Iím surprised it didnít make
it in the set list. Trey may be God, but he
is all but inaudible in this recording.
Deception Of The Thrush? May 3, 2007
Written by kesslerbk
I was there and I remember it well. It was gorgeous, simply gorgeous. I remember Adrian Belew saying after they finished, "Trey is God." No one disagreed!
Can it please be offered for download? I havenít found a recording yet that measures up.
Deception is contained in The Power To Believe III track, Bob.
A Treat. March 19, 2007
Written by foodforthemoon
A friend and I were at both shows at the Park West. My own journalís description of the event was succinct. íKing Crimson as a Rock Band. Aggression." Wow. I am very happy to be able to listen to this again. TPTB has such a strong resonance for me, and in listening to this I feel a returning sense of place, both internally and externally. Thanks.
My review March 17, 2007
Written by CaptainFisheye
I was at this show. That was the hottest version of LTIA4 Iíve ever heard! Iím not kidding. Robertís humanly impossible solo was nearly flawless with no hint of struggle. I still remember the intense look on his face. Eyes fixed forward (thatís correct - not even a glance at the fretboard), focusing somewhere else. Then, as if that wasnít enough, Adrianís solo just brought the house down.
Itís just not fair!
Perhaps thatís why it was so hot. No tape feeding off the energy.
Still, itís just not fair.
Um... The rest of the show was really fantastic too.
Happy St. Patty's Day March 17, 2007
Written by chipster61
The sound on this Sounboard is FANTASTIC! Thank you for releasing this show. I was fortunate to attend this show and the following nightís performance. Here were some of my observations at the time.
Friday, 14th March 2003 Park West - Chicago, IL
Itís been over two weeks since I had the great pleasure to attend the King Crimson performances at Chicagoís Park West theatre. Iím finally at a point where my thoughts and observations have gelled a little bit more and I just wanted to share them with others that wonít get the chance to see them this time out.
I was holding out hope that Crimson would once again do a warm-up show or two in Nashville to start this tour. The Nashville shows I have attended over the past couple years have been very special and I was really anticipating being present for another one. Since it didnít look like that was a possibility this time around, my next best option was driving an extra two hours in the opposite direction to Chicago.
The venue was excellent. From what I was reading most of the tour so far had been at seated auditoriums and I figured that I was in for the same at Park West. I was psyched when I entered and found the back half of the room was tables and geared for seating and and the half in front of the stage was open floor! I immediately made a bee line toward the left side of the stage. (Tip for those of you who are all about the delineated fetishing of Frippís flying fingers) If you stand in front of Trey/Pat, you in essence have the best upclose view of all members of the band. Adrian is right up front, Robert is turned facing you and Trey is right in front of you. Pat was not on any risers so it was difficult to get a full view of his rig and setup behind Trey, but I was able to see him pretty well.
As Robert has described in his diary, his new quarter turn toward the band is not about turning away or off from the audience, but more about connecting with the band and being able to pickup the ívisual cuesí. As someone mentioned in another review they noticed Pat verbally counting out sections of ConstruKction of Light. This is not for Patís own benifit, but to keep the frontline of Robert and Adrian clued in to the changes. Robert would not hear or see these if he were facing the front of the stage.
After my initial survey of the area I decided I had to get rid of my jacket and headed back up front to the coatcheck. As I was trying to make my way through the hall I was stopped as MJK with flourescent red hair flying was leading Fripp (with guitar) to the stage. I knew I was in for something special this night because as Fripp crossed my path there were no wild catcalls from anyone else standing there demanding his attention. It was very subdued with only a few well-wishers offering encouragement.
I checked my coat and made my way back to the front of the house as Robert was seated and Soundscapes were rising. After a few minutes the crowd seemed to grow a bit restless and more people were hollering. As the calls increased the rest of the band emerged from the shadows and took their places. The opening lines of ConstuKction of Light started and I was right there! Incredible!
After ProzaKc Blues Ade recalled that the last time he was in Chicago he didnít have a voice and then as an aside mentioned that heíd gone out and bought one since.
After this exchange with the crowd he looked over at Robert who was attentively waiting in his best posture for Ade to start the next song. Robert then understatedly announced, "Iím ready to rock." This comment tickled Adrian who shared Robertís revelation with the rest of the crowd who could not hear the unamplified statement from Fripp. It got a good laugh and cheering from all.
Elektrik - I was blessed to be at the first public performance (KCCC #19) of this one in Nashville a year and a half ago. The song has really grown since then, it felt like it has new power and life in it now. The middle section before Robertís solo feels much more powerful and tighter than on any of the recordings Iíve heard. This is the song that really struck me as advancing the most since last hearing them. Although the same can be said for Level Five, but I think Elektrik has really benefitted from more playing.
Facts of Life catapulted up my list of faves with these performances. This song is barely recognizable from the original "Response to Stimuli" that I heard pre-Tool tour in Nashville. The song gives Robert the opportunity to bring out his "buzz saw" riff a la Sailorís Tale or the solo before the last verse in Lament. Personally it was just an EXCELLENT moment when the beats per minute are cranked up and he is shredding that one... eighth notes, sixteenth notes, micro notes!
Level Five was great, but it was difficult to breathe at the beginning as Trey or a loop from one of Patís íbuttonsí felt like it was going to crush your chest, the sound was so overwhelming!
Oyster Soup was a stomper as Frippís cat scampered on the piano keys during his solo. There were a couple of loose sections during this one and the end soured just a bit. This song ends best with a bang and tonight it just kind of drooped.
The same thing happened at the end of Dangerous Curves, Adrian and Robert kind of missed the big sustained chord finish tonight. It still seems to me that Curves has more power or impact when presented as an opening song or a set closer. Maybe as a prelude to Level Five or Happy would be better. Itís just my feeling that the power is sapped from that sustaining chord at the end if you donít just stop there or smash your guitar or set your guitar afire or crank up the air raid siren or start a song that is heavy from the git go.
Larkís Tongues IV it was nice to hear this one, but I knew that it signalled the end of the set and I felt a bit of regret. Pat was a monster on this one as he is on ConstuKction of Light. He really comes close to overpowering the band at points and could if he wanted to.
Deception of the Thrush (TPTB III) - I was glad to hear that this piece has the same urgency and intentness as it has had. I was a bit disappointed by the shortened version on the new CD. But the time is taken and nothing has been shortened in the live performance. The only problem is that the silence seems to be a great opportunity for others to shout out at the band or even one another! This did seem to make the performance itself.
After DOTT Adrian came back on stage moved close to the mic and stated in a low steady intonation, "Trey is God". A great roar of approval and laughter from the crowd, as well as adding a bit of a smirk to Treyís countenance pulling him out of his very introspective and stoic poise that he assumed most of the night.
Saturday, 15th March 2003 Park West - Chicago, IL
One Time Warp
TPTB II (Virtuous Circle) was dropped into the "space" section of One Time, amazing moment, once they slipped into it and Ade was hitting the hand synth, I was hoping they would come back "out" of it with the end of One Time and they did! Excellent little medley! I donít remember the boisterous crowd interfering much at all during the quiet moments, but that may be because I was right there in it. The highlight of the night for me.
Digital video recorder setup on right side of stage behind Robert on Friday night, left side behind Trey on Saturday night.
Saturday night Crimson was on!
No inflatable horns.
Light blue t-shirt with white doves (TPTB art on the malodorous CD) caught my eye at the merchandise table. What a beautiful departure from most KC Tís. Iím getting one if they eventually hit the DGM Shop.
Looking Back March 16, 2007
Written by BilSabab
From an e-mail to íStormyí Mundy on March 2:
"I listened to the full March 14 show this weekend and really enjoyed it. I had forgotten that they did the full-on Dinosaur. I also remember that Curves rendition, really powerful and menacing. The lighting during that piece was very eerie. There was this green glow that built up in the room along with the dynamics of the piece, but it was impossible to tell where it was coming from. The light was everywhere, it wasnít just coming from the stage. It seemed like someone had covered all the house light fixtures with green gels. My brother and I looked at each other a little puzzled and scared as the entire venue filled with this sickly green haze."
As Sid notes there were lots of fun moments during this show. At one point, RF shouts to Ade, "Iím ready to rock!" Ade shouts to the crowd, "Heís ready to rock!!!" And rock they did.
My memory is that the band was relaxed throughout the show, and felt free to play around a little. They also left everything on stage. By the end of Potato Pie you can tell theyíre spent (well, at least Ade is).
The only drawback of this recording is the absence of LTIA IV, which I remember as being a monster. We were on the floor for this show, and it was hard to get a good view of Robert throughout, but I remember that when the fast running lines started I was able to get a clear view of RFís hands moving at lightning speed.
As hot as this show is, the second night was, IMO, hotter. The next day was St. Patrickís Day and a weekend day. Most of the crowd was very raucous (read: drunk) by the start of the show, but this didnít detract from the performance at least from my vantage. Maybe someday that show will surface on DGML as well.
March 14, 2003
Written by Robert Fripp
Hotel Quite acceptable, Chicago.
Chicago's skyline appeared at 03.55 as we drove in through the industrial outlands & the awful smell from smoking processing plants. Very much like the horrors of driving through Jersey from Philly to NYC in 1971. We arrived at the hotel c. 4.30.
Here on the 20th. fIoor I have a corner room with impressive views over the city. The room comes with CD player & tuner, so I have hooked up my computer & customized the room. Mozart string quintets sound glorious here.
Now, maybe the second half of my night's sleep.
Hooray! A most enjoyable show at Park West. A generous audience and, significantly, the area in front of the band was standing - this is a first at Park West in 23 years of playing here. We are used to looking out at tables, right up to the stage. This seems to be the best format for us: standing at the front, seating at the back, sides & above. A well-spirited performance from band & audience.
When Pat & I arrived for soundcheck, there were two gentlemen standing outside the club. One asked: is there any chance of getting an autograph? The reply: None whatsoever! But, in a small attempt to make a human connection, I collected two bottles of water from the dressing room & took them out. "You don't need an autograph, but water might be useful!" The reply in return: Can I shake your hand? The question might be why? but this presumes the operation of rationality & reason are available.
Devil Throat has me in its grip, one that I am declining to accept. I hold a close focus.