|| June 25, 2000
|| Olympia Paris, France
Crimson In Paris April 13, 2005
Written by John Bungey
OF THE once pioneering bands of English progressive rock, King Crimson
are the great survivors. While Yes, Genesis and the Moody Blues long ago
gave up musical adventures for the gentler pastures of Radio 2,
nostalgia or the golf course, Crimson are still hacking their way down
Not that Robert Fripp, the hugely gifted, notoriously prickly guitarist
leading this umpteenth incarnation would thank you for lumping his
efforts under the dread label "prog rock". Certainly in Paris we are a
world away from the dopey concept albums and terrible trousers of the
genre's heyday. Crimson 2000 are a lean and mean four-piece, whose agile
manoeuvres - from heavy metal to ambient to avant-garde - at no point
threaten a return to the Court of the Crimson King.
Fripp sits on his customary stool expressionless, refusing to
acknowledge the audience, only his hands moving. As he clangs through
Lark's Tongue in Aspic Part IV it's hard not to sympathise with those
who wonder how a happily married, middle-aged man living in a Dorset
mansion can produce music of such fury.
The rest of the team is American: Adrian Belew is the genial front man,
Pat Mastelotto plays electronic drums which sometimes sound like the
future, sometimes like dustbins being thwacked, and are probably a
mistake. The bass parts and a lot else come from Trey Gunn playing a
The band's musical interests lie in intricate guitar interplay and
dense, shifting rhythm patterns, with melody and harmony rather lower on
the agenda. Fripp once grandly announced that Crimson was an experiment
to see how Hendrix would have sounded playing Bartok, and as he skitters
through the dissonant breakneck run of FraKctured (sic) from the new
ConstruKction of Light album you understand what he's aiming for.
Of course, what this approach also means is that you don't get that
traditional rock show staple, the hummable tune. Belew's voice has to
negotiate determinedly obtuse melody lines in Into the Frying Pan and
ProzaKc Blues, a brutish mutated 12-bar. Nor do the band play the old
repertoire. Only during the three encores do Crimson perform anything
from earlier than 1994, ending with a mighty rendition of David Bowie's
Heroes, a tune on which Fripp played guitar back in 1977.
The current tour won't be coming to Britain - save for a lone date at
the Shepherds Bush Empire, London, on July 3. Economics and Fripp's
long-held distrust of the English music press and, indeed, the
expectations of English audiences, have conspired to keep the band away.
It's a shame because far from the gaze of the czars of popular taste,
this wayward outfit is conjuring up utterly individual, occasionally
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|Great improvs Thu., Apr 16, 2009|
Posted by: DeVito
Get this one for the two improvs. Overall itís a good concert, but not nearly as powerful as the 10/24/2000 House Of Blues. Add the Sendai improvs to 10/24 HOB and youíve got a near-perfect double-duo 2000 Read more
|2003's Mighty Crim Power Sat., Mar 28, 2009|
Posted by: Slipstream
This is the essential and most powerful concert from 2003. Here, all the four musicians show extreme brutal force, virtuosity and technique. Although there are some bad moments and warts, the whole show is ferocious, presenting the band Read more
|Treat for KC/SS fans Sat., Mar 21, 2009|
Posted by: Grouch
This recording is a particular treat for Crimson fans who, like myself, are also moved by Frippís soundscapes. The Power To Believe tour, of course, provided a couple of opportunities to incorporate some of those sounds within the Read more
|superb and current Fri., Feb 13, 2009|
Posted by: heavenly
Recently, I got the last ProjeKct IV download in Portland where "Drum & Bass" just kicks ass and does not only refer to the genre that was so popular in avantgarde techno circles at the time but also refers to Read more
|Where is the bottom end? Tue., Jan 6, 2009|
Posted 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.
|Great Find Sat., Dec 20, 2008|
Posted by: boboquisp
Thanks for this one. I was blindsided at the end.
| Rome, Italy June 24, 2003|
Posted by: tarkus1960
I was there....awesome....amazing...astonishing....and .....
|got me in tears Tue., Dec 16, 2008|
Posted by: bfquirog
Amazing download. What began exactly as a "letís put our wheels in motion" piece, transitioned though a couple of well known riffs, and ended up with a lovely snippet of The Court of the Crimson King, mock mellotron Read more
|Awesome Tue., Dec 16, 2008|
Posted by: AcousticPhenomena
Love these rare little glimpses at the band. Canít get enough.
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