|| 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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| Austin, Texas July 15, 2002|
Posted by: Dr_Zzz
Listen to "Masque 11" on ProjeKct 3ís "Masque" album or a P3 live recording.
Itís the same track, but much longer.
And by the way, thatís Trey soloing!
|It's Great But.... Wed., Mar 19, 2008|
Posted by: LotusP
This is one of those Crimson episodes that you wish would go on for much longer than it does. It has a good mean bass riff that could have easily come from John Wetton and Patís percussion effects add color Read more
|ratosi milan Sat., Mar 15, 2008|
Posted by: ratosimilan
Where is Trey? ok ok excellent show, the guitar of Mr. Fripp sounds like...uhh, funny beginning of the Three of a Perfest Pair, and very interesting improvs.
|Heroes Fri., Jan 4, 2008|
Posted by: Spingere
A consistant set (to these ears) witht he best íProzakcí so far, an amazingly creepy (in the good sense) Improv, a smoking íSex, sleep, eat, drink, dreamí a a touching Read more
|Power/Avant-Metal Thu., Jan 3, 2008|
Posted by: DeVito
King Crimson has always been a metal band, which no one seems to want to acknowledge. The í03 Gunn/Mastelotto/Belew/Fripp quartet ranks with the í74 Wetton/Bruford/Cross/Fripp quartet as the most powerful of the Crimson Read more
|Artyom Mon., Dec 31, 2007|
Posted by: Artyom
King Crimson always on the top! They are great for their music, because they donít repeat themselves.
|Hard rock music. Strong Night. Sun., Dec 30, 2007|
Posted by: jescalera
I was present in this show. After living in Barcelona for some years it was my first oportunity of watching King Crimson, and I was very excited. It was a really hot day and The temperature inside of Zeleste was Read more
|Here comes another one Mon., Dec 24, 2007|
Posted by: hectorhurtadog
For my downloadís collection. I always like the KCCC 19, but the opportunity to have both gigs in their complete form itís invaluable. If you like the new territories explored by this incarnation then this gig is for Read more
|Before I listen to it... Sat., Dec 22, 2007|
Posted by: JorgeSouto
This is the best Christmas gift I couldíve got! Iíve been waiting for it for over seven years, since I read at the venue that a recording of the concert would soon be available through Read more
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