I chose it because it was affordable and first of all there were direct flights to it and back to my hometown. Not around the gig date, though. In the other Moldova, we're like Romania's Scotland. The Republic itself could be like "6 counties" ("Northern Ireland"). My hometown could be like Edinburgh but we got no Glasgow as for a comparison.
After waiting for our show tickets for half a year, we rode the train for 10 hours Sat 10 Nov to the heart of Transylvania. There, one week ago, we flew to Dublin and spent the night in Galway. On the day's gig, we rode a bus back to Dublin, then flew to Glasgow. After a chance first encounter with the city in Sep '79, at only 19, between two trains from and back to London, I recognized only the Central Station 29 years later. After 20 years spent in Canada '94-'13, it gives me a feeling of Hamilton, Ontario. Or vice versa.
I've been to gigs since 16, beginning of grade 10 of 12. As for King Crimson, I'd only seen a ProjeKCt (Fripp, Belew - drums, vocals, Trey Gunn) at the Montreal Jazz Festival '98, and Fripp's Soundscapes still in Montreal in '99. But Glasgow last Monday evening was perhaps the chance of a lifetime. In my 42 years already of going to gigs, I've never seen anything better, more respectful to the public, of a better attire-attitude-behaviour, of a higher quality. The first part was as long as others would aim but fail to play in the end for one entire evening: 1.75 hours. The second one: 55 minutes. Plus the encore and the time for allowed pictures and short filming as well - 20 minutes. In total, 3 full hours of a nice evening with King Crimson. No word or other stolen time on stage, just music. And a very good one, for my taste. Of 2475 seated capacity, perhaps about 2400 sold. Thank you, King Crimson, Glasgow and Scotland!
We spent last Tuesday flying back to Dublin from Glasgow, then to Bucuresti from Dublin and finally to Iasi from Bucuresti. Was it worth? Every minute, every meter, every penny. We even forgot of Ryanair & Blue Air's crookedness. The former forces us to check in online only, then does not reply at all, then forces us to pay an extra fee of EURO/UK Pounds 55 each, for a flight of a comparable cost. So now we dispute the 220 such total. The latter, when booking online, shifts a box active frame from "no luggage" to "hold luggage". If this goes unnoticed in a hurry, we end up paying extra for a luggage we actually do not carry.
There are events (2 death metal concerts, a symphonic one, a classical guitar duo recital, a vinyl fair - among others) this weekend in my hometown but after seeing King Crimson in Glasgow last Monday evening I cannot lend myself to going to attend any of them. After seeing what I saw last Monday evening what better can I expect to see anywhere else and when? I only went last Friday night to an album launch concert of a band from the heart in Transylvania - still in my hometown. Their translated name would be "Bitter Moon", after Pascal Bruckner's novel's title. I consider them to be the Transylvanian Porcupine Tree. At least, this Transylvanian band has a King Crimson attitude even though it does not have a similar output yet.
We live in uncertain times. Brexit is looming. Three band members are American. One of them and two British ones are 70+ already. Again, this might have been the chance of a lifetime. Thank you (in stage layout order only) Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Bill Rieflin, Jakko Jakszyk, Robert Fripp, Pat Mastelotto, Jeremy Stacey, Gavin Harrison!