Peaches, Ft. Laud., FL May 19, 2011
Written by mrdickens
Robert Fripp’s name appeared on the marquee of this chain record store for about a week, and I was shocked. I attended the concert on time and the store was already thoroughly packed. So I had to stand in the back, and since it was a store floor after all, it was hard to see. Also Mr. Fripp is relatively short in stature so that made it worse.
Mr. Fripp began with a surprisingly lengthy unamplified spoken preamble which was very difficult to make out, and audience members were shouting out from time to time with, "Microphone! Can’t hear you!" etc. One thing I recall him saying which surprised me was a comment on digital sampling and saying how wonderful it was that now we could use practically any sound in any manner, and he gave the example of using a door slam as a drumbeat. Disregarding the audience’s outbursts, Mr. Fripp spoke in a very quiet manner. He also mentioned something about the performer’s limited obligation to the audience, the "vampiric" relationship, and a prohibition on recording devices, since they diminish the possibilities of the performance. With much urgency, someone finally appeared with a mic on a mic-stand and after weaving through the audience, placed it in front of Mr. Fripp. Whereby, Mr. Fripp immediately concluded his monologue and began his guitar solo with Revox machine.
When that was done, Mr. Fripp stopped, rewound the tape, gave a brief description of the intention of the following overdubbed improvisation, and then proceeded with a rather scalding performance over top the previous foundation.
Quite soon after the performance I was obligated to leave for some reason that I don’t recall. I was quite overwhelmed by the performance.
In the photo, you can see a "corn plant" which is a popular ornamental plant, and also large paper which was hung for the performance, over the enormous plate glass windows of the store. The store has changed hands multiple times, but still stands at 1500 E Sunrise BLVD.
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|Fort Worth Tue., Apr 27, 2010|
Posted by: cheyler
Does anyone know why this set is so short? And why Exiles and Starless are missing? Was this set an ’opening’ set for some other band? Or is there a missing reel or Read more
|the original boot Tue., Apr 27, 2010|
Posted by: crimson_king22
There is some funny audience banter on the original bootleg recording of this concert. During the improv, a lady says, "They’re too loud!"....also, a man says, "Chuck it! Hell, chuck Read more
|Good upgrade. Mon., Apr 26, 2010|
Posted by: myshadow
Thank you, this is a very good upgrade. It is great to listen to ’Fracture’ without all of the conversation. My recording of this has a brief improv before ’Fracture’. Stormy did a great job with the bootleg recording, the Read more
|New Artwork ? Sat., Apr 24, 2010|
Posted by: octopus92
I had bought this concert some 10 years ago when it was available as a reel CD but lost it rcently ! So, I was happy that I could buy it again as a downlad but the DGM Team has decided Read more
|Ochre Mon., Apr 19, 2010|
Posted by: norwoodgolf
This sounds a lot like "Ochre" from the League of Gentlemen album.
|A Hot Night in a Cold City Tue., Apr 13, 2010|
Posted by: adbass
I was at this show and while I enjoyed it, I was, for one reason or another, disappointed that I wasn’t as overwhelmed by this gig as I had been by ’la place des arts’ show ~18 months Read more
|I wish I had been there Tue., Apr 13, 2010|
Posted by: becarmi
Wow! I have suggested this as a download just of few weeks ago after reading about it in RF’s On This Day diary. Really, I did not expect such a quick response from Read more
| Quebec City, Canada March 10, 2003|
Posted by: Elyoskin
Amazing tape of good concert!
|Zoinks ! Sat., Apr 10, 2010|
Posted by: microbunny
Wow...tons of ideas crammed in here ! This could have easily made it into the setlist. I could hear all sorts of ways to piece these fragments into a coherent piece of Read more
|For the first time, I'm saying 6 stars Mon., Apr 5, 2010|
Posted by: anothertheletter
I always loved The League of Gentlemen, now I want to marry it. I waited for our date in San Francisco but it never came. Thirty years on this fantastic recording deepens the wound.
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