"So you like the weird stuff?"
It has been nearly 34 years since I attended this show. I was 21 at the time. This was my first King Crimson concert having just recently been turned onto them by a friend. I knew of their song "In the Court of the Crimson King" from local radio. I also was peripherally aware of the single "Three of a Perfect Pair" from a rarely rotated music video on MTV. After listening to the Beat and then Three of a Perfect Pair albums I was hooked on this incarnation of the band. When they toured and were coming through Philly it was a "must attend" event for me. I didn't know that Modern English was opening for them until we were driving the show and heard it announced on WMMR (local FM rock station). At the time, I had a general disdain for the early 80s new wave bands — Modern English, Flock of Seagulls, Thomson Twins, et. al. In the venue there were two distinct crowds — kids into new wave coming out to see Modern English and prog rock fans coming to see KC. During the Modern English set, the new wave kids were bopping along and the KC fans were respectfully amused by the new wave kids. During the set change, the amphitheatre filled up with late arrived KC fans. King Crimson came on stage and started off with Larks Tongues in Aspic pt III. By the end of KC's third song, all of the remaining kids who came to see Modern English were just standing there, jaws hanging open, wondering what the fuck they were seeing and hearing. :-D After one of their songs — I couldn't remember which, but the description says it was Industry, though I thought it was earlier in the show —Belew comes back to the mic and almost sneering says, "So... you like the weird stuff do you?" I immediately caught it as a shout out to the Modern English fans that were still in the crowd! And all of the other King Crimson fans that caught on to what Adrian meant went crazy laughing and cheering! Oh, and the music, as usual, did not disappoint!