Tight Scrummy In Santa Monica October 15, 1973
Written by Bruce Hollihan
Sitting at home one evening,
the phone rang, and it was a friend telling me about King Crimson
tickets going on sale the next day at the Santa Monica Civic
Auditorium, and was I going to camp out like I said I would to get
front row seats? I replied in the affirmative, and after the call,
proceeded to procrastinate away the hours.
I never made it to Santa Monica
that night, not having a car would mean hours by bus, and being only 15
years old, options were very limited. So, I decided to put Plan B into
Skip school and hitchhike to Santa Monica.
This went off without a hitch, and I found several sleeping bags full
of Crimson fans stirring in front of the box office. Soon the
office was open, and in no time, I was the proud owner of a pair of 3rd
row center seats.
A few weeks later, we made it to the gig, and the
ambience was abuzz with excitement in the auditorium. The gig
started with Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, Pt. 1, with the dual mellotron
intro replacing the now-departed Jamie Muir’s thumb piano solo. I
recall some amazement when David Cross finished his bowed violin riff,
where he repeats it several times before the band comes crashing down
with great intensity and volume. But when Cross finished his
riff, it continued, thanks to Mr. Fripp playing.
The concert was
absolutely stupendous, going through all of Larks’ Tongues In Aspic,
some of the upcoming Starless And Bible Black, Cat Food, 21st Century
Schizoid Man as well as an improvisation using a drum machine.
provided rock-solid bass guitar support, and his strong voice makes him
one of my favourite Crimson vocalists. In any other environment,
David Cross’ violin, mellotron, and electric piano work would be
exemplary, but he was clearly dwarfed by the three talents who shared
the stage with him.
playing should a well-developed usage of left and right hand, and his
usage of violin type technique, such as vibrato, puts him in a league
with guitar greats like Django Reinhardt, among others. Bruford was in
his white pair of overalls, sporting the "B" for Boston Bruins hockey
team emblem on the bib.
The concert ended with "Easy Money", "Talking Drum", and "Larks’ Tongues
In Aspic, Pt. 2". The air was heavy with sweat and the applause,
which lasted for 15 minutes, was unfortunately insufficient to get the
musicians back onstage for an encore. Clearly, this was
nevertheless a fortuitous musical event for all in attendance.
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