Music is a most Wonderful friend!! Especially in the hand of the Best band in the World!!
So, it is close to midnight on Aug. 2nd. I have just gotten home,(stopped for a bite), from King Crimson's blinder of a concert. I was most fortunate to be able to see KC very, very close as my cousin had purchased 2 VIP tickets for this concert. The last time Jer and I saw KC was Sept. 8th, 2019 at the Paramount Theatre, and before that it was June 24th, 2017 at the Bellco Theatre. First, I would like to state how brilliant the California Guitar Trio were tonight. These 3 men created amazing textures, atmospheres and other-worldly sounds. The songs were complex, with surprises coming constantly. The final song was a shock!!! I will not spoil the surprise if you see them. I would very highly suggest not coming late if you can help it. Now the King Crimson: Watching the 3 brilliant cats who comprise the front line, Pat, Jeremy and Gavin, I was moving my head back and forth to try to catch the astonishing interplay between these men. Drumsons lead to "Pictures of a City". Oxygen was needed as the intensity, heaviness and full-on beastly power of KC was let out of the cage. By the way, this happened many times throughout our concert. At the end of Pictures, the 1st of many standing ovations took place. I had the feeling that the guys in the band were really enjoying themselves. Good. I will not list all of the magic that took place. I will say that I was most happy to hear TCOL again!!!! I think it might have been the 1st time added to the setlists for this 2021 NA tour. My personal favorite, "Islands" was played!!!! I was so happy. And yes, I did shed a few tears. The band really stretched the song out. It seemed to me that it went on a good long while. A few other points: Tony's cadenza is a beautiful work of Art. Jeremy's keyboard(s) work is beyond words! From Piano, to Mellotron and other Synth sounds, he is such an integral part of this band. These were the guys who played some keyboards at one time or another: Jeremy, Jakko, Robert, Tony and possibly Pat. A finally reflection: If you have not seen King Crimson, or even if you have, PLEASE, see this band before it will be TOO LATE. Life is so short and precious. King Crimson are the very finest band in the World. They play MUSIC for US! We can do something for them: Support them, please. David Freshman