superb and innovative May 24, 2011
Written by heavenly
One word - a splendid gig!!
I attended the night before and had forgotten, how good it actually was. The only thing I missing here is a mesmerizing version of "One Time" they played the night before -- but this night is nothing short of surprises, too!
Mind you, I am not a completist and with the great dgmlive website (thank you again and again) at hand there are many gigs I do not get. But this one ranks, in terms of its urgency and spontaneity high up with the "Concertgebouw" gig in Amsterdam (1974) or the early concerts of 1981 when all material still sounded so fresh and was re-invented every night.
All versions, even such well known numbers such as "Red" or "Elephant Talk" get new life blown in and are de- and re-constructed note by note. Simply great!!
Compared to the 2008 concerts, even though they offered intersting takes on several songs -- such as "Sleepless" or "Level 5" -- this concert is miles ahead. This is a band that has sth. to say and they are eager to get it out. 2008 was a band that perfectly played their songs with sometimes interesting readings, but could and did not say much more as they already had done years before. What a difference! Fripp might have seen the 2008 tour as a start only and hoped for more, similar to the 1994 starts that turned into the 1996 tour and the Projekcts and double duo later on. Too bad, it did not happen...
But do not wait, get this one, run, donít walk..!!!! And enjoy! This concert made me fall in love with KC all over again!
November 13, 2000
Written by Robert Fripp
Hotel Paramount, NYC.
Toyah arrived 40 minutes early on Saturday. I saw her land from the Red Carpet Club & was waiting for her as she came through international arrivals. Yippee! We taxied into the city. The Horse has brought in the new "Hello" which has an interview with her & several pictures of our new home. Then off to Tower Records at Lincoln Centre for an instore signing in support of "Heavy ConstruKtion". This is now more an archive & historic release as the group makes strides forward in Japan & the US.
T & I set off walking on Saturday evening after the instore, then off again on Sunday morning. My legs snap like whipcords as I attempt to keep up my Wife. We went to the Mayflower for lunch with our pal Veronica from Downton, near Salisbury. Veronnie was the bestest friend we made in the Salisbury area while living at Reddish House. This is the upside of being nomadic: you get to meet your friends, family & loved ones all over the world. Veron was in town for 5 days visiting her pal Alan Bates, who has a hit on Broadway. We had brunch with her, Alan joining us for coffee, then more walking, & then off to soundcheck at The Supper Club on 47 between 8th. & Broadway.
I like this venue. A very good supportive audience for the Sunday evening show. Strangely, once again, I sensed something missing at the heart of the show. Trademark Clams Crimsonioque, including Adrian's Definitive Sound No. 4 - silence. This is where Adrian's guitar is not plugged in. Adrian claims to have a million sounds in all, but we're only up to five so far.
My show was spoiled, once again, by photography: on this occasion, official photography. The official photographer supposedly only shoots the first 2 pieces, although conventionally this extends sufficiently far into the third to spoil that too. "He was told that he could only shoot the first two pieces!" We'll, that's all right then, I suppose. I am also assured that official photographers are so well positioned & discrete that I can't see them, let alone be aware of them. I know this, because I am told that this is so. Business advisors are not likely to attribute to their artist preternatural sensitivities, although without these sensitivities an artist isn't much more than a mechanic. So last night I must have been mistaken when I looked up during the first piece and saw a lens staring back. And also during the second. And also during the third.
Volitional: yes. Intrusive: also, yes.