All the music is new, whenever it was written
12-year-old Drumson Andrew and I just saw our fifth show of the tour. This incredible night at the Riverside Theater may have been the best. Please see my reviews of Minneapolis and Atlanta. Again, the Royal Package enabled us to get prime seats, avoid scalpers, and get a program signed by all 8 members. Iona Singleton was so pleasant greeting fans at the door. My new Crim buddy Steve Sanford, who I met at the F & F show in Austin, was seeing his eighth show of the tour. Also present was another Crimson diehard, my bassist friend Keith Norton from St. Paul.
Then Punk Sanderson, er I mean David Singleton spoke about the business/ marketing part of DGM, and the “Vicar Chronicles”...please buy this whodunnit book filled with RF and Monty Python-type humor that exposes the dark side of the Music Business. Tonight, Bill Rieflin was the mystery guest. He isn’t playing on this leg of the tour, but will return in 2018. His wife Francesca Sundsten is the artist of the Cyclops Monkey Mind, and the wonderful art featured on the upcoming Uncertain Times European Tour. There was a question about whether KC would go on the Prog Cruise which Bill shot down. Could you imagine RF trapped on a boat trying to avoid over-zealous fans? Will there be a new studio album? The live stuff is so great that I hope for more concert releases. I wonder if Jakko has time to do 5.1 mixes. Have you heard what he did with “Thrak”? Will King Crimson ever make the Rock n Roll HOF? No, they’re too brilliant. Will Adrian will be in this band? DS makes it clear that he wouldn’t be a good fit for this version of KC. Mr. Fripp came on stage and asked the females and young audients what brought them to a KC concert. He remembered Andrew from the Atlanta shows. Fripp took photos of us...surreal!
This eight-headed beast keeps accelerating. What is the LIMIT? IS there a limit for this band? My knuckles were sore from fists clenching. The level (9.1?) is set so high that attending anything non-Crimson will probably be a letdown. The drum-only features get more intricate. I’m happy they opened set one with “Devil Dogs” (after the lovely Islands Coda), and set two with “Hell Hounds”. Tony was shredding “Neurotica”. “LTIA1” and “LTIA2” back-to-back? Illegal in most states! The percussion interplay on “Indiscipline”, how “ITCOTKC” now slows down dramatically as the title is sung, “Lizard Suite”...Oh, my God... Mel Collins and his arsenal, “Easy Money” in which Jakko demonstrates his incredible range, the tear-inducing “Starless”, “Radical Action II” melding into “Level Five”, which keeps hammering through my brain, and another great version of 21st Century Schizoid Man with a primo Gavin solo that amazed all.
A photographer was again caught in the act, which caused Robert to give his pointed-stick glare. This disrupts not only the band, but also us deep listeners. Other than that, RF appeared gleeful. He and Jakko seem as one. All of Fripp’s dedication over the years has led to THIS incarnation. The frontline of Gavin, Pat and Jeremy lock eyes and connect with the audience which makes it very special and personal.
Was this the best show we’ve seen? It seemed there was even more energy given by band and audience alike, possibly because it was the last show of the tour. Incredible sound and a wonderful venue. The exiting audience was raving in rapture after being wonderfully assaulted for three hours in mind and body. I’ve just started listening to the “Sailors’ Tales” box set, and started with a ’72 concert at this theater!
We happened to be staying in the same hotel and had chats with Mel, Bill, Jeremy, Chris, Tony; joking that if one of the drummers got sick they’d give Andrew a call, Jakko; talking about finishing a 5.1 mix of “Fish out of Water”. Gavin, who remembered Andrew from Atlanta, talked about drumming, marimba and the making of his brilliant ‘Cheating the Polygraph’. All were very kind, and I hope we weren’t overbearing. These encounters and concerts were so special for Andrew, the highlights of his musical education. Tour manager Dave Salt, “Here ya lucky little bastard” was apparently told by Jeremy to give Andrew a pair of his sticks. Thank you!
Will “Starless and Bible Black” material be played in Europe? I can only imagine how great the arrangements would be. Thanks to the King Crimson/ DGM team, and especially Robert for his vision and perseverance. Our summer vacation is Stockholm and Oslo. King Crimson dates happen to coincide with ours...purely coincidental!