The Best Night I've Ever Experienced
Having caught King Crimson's show in Raleigh back 2 years ago, I anticipated no other day this year more than their announced Atlanta tour date. Needless to say, despite having a member less and a half-hour shorter setlist in comparison to Raleigh, this was an even better experience than I could've imagined. On top of performing their signature pieces like "Starless," "Islands," "Epitaph," "Cirkus," and "Schizoid Man," which were all fantastic as usual.... they also revamped earlier pieces from the same lineup with "Suitable Grounds For The Blues," "The Court Of The Crimson King" now complete with its Coda, and the best version I've heard of "Red" to date. The highlights of the concerts were the latest additions to the tour, being "EleKtriK" and "Larks' Tongues In Aspic IV" as thunderous as ever with 3 drummers at the helm, and a revisit of and old friend in "Cat Food," sounding fresh, kooky and playful like it was 5 decades ago. There were also unforgettable performances of "Moonchild" (which what I found to be Tony's best bass cadenza to date), and Indiscipline, which can only be truly experienced with ones own eyes, as you witness Pat, Jeremy, and Gavin trading off some of the most quick and insane drum breaks without skipping a single beat. It was a shame my budget this year didn't allow for a Royal Package this year, but if another tour brings a potential third experience, I'll surely be going for it. Worth every single penny for a band of this caliber.