LIVE IN VIENNA
Posted by Sid Smith on Mar 6, 2018

Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016 is a new 3-disc set by King Crimson. Featuring a rendition of Fracture, one of the most acclaimed KC compositions and last performed live in 1974, the three-disc set will be released on April 6th and is available for pre-order now.

Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & EU)

Mixed from the original multitracks discs one and two feature the complete first and second sets from the evening’s show. Disc three includes a series of soundscapes edited into newly sequenced pieces. Drawn from the introduction music (composed/improvised afresh for each night) & featuring Robert Fripp, Mel Collins & Tony Levin, this essential component of current live KC shows also receives its most complete presentation to date. In addition, the third disc includes the long awaited live recorded debut of Fracture by the 2016 line-up as performed in Copenhagen.

Disc One:
First Set: (Vienna, 2016)


1 Walk On: Soundscapes: Monk Morph Music Of The Chamber


2 Hell Hounds of Krim


3 Pictures of a City


4 Dawn Song
Suitable Grounds for The Blues


5 VROOOM


6 The Construkction of Light


7 The Court of the Crimson King


8 The Letters


9 Sailors’ Tale


10 Interlude


11 Radical Action II


12 Level V


Disc Two:
Second Set: Vienna, 2016


1 Fairy Dust Of The Drumsons


2 Peace: An End


3 Cirkus


4 Indiscipline


5 Epitaph


6 Easy Money


7 Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row


8 Red


9 Meltdown


10 Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part Two


11 Starless


Disc Three: Encores and Expansions

1 Fracture 


2 Heroes


3 21st Century Schizoid Man


4 Schoenberg Softened His Hat


5 Ahriman's Ceaseless Corruptions


6 Spenta's Counter Claim


Mel Collins: Saxes & flute


Robert Fripp: Guitar & keyboards

Tony Levin: Basses, stick, voice


Pat Mastelotto: Drums,

Gavin Harrison: Drums


Jakko Jakszyk: Guitar & voice


Jeremy Stacey: Drums & keyboards


Presented in a 4 fold-out digifile package with 16 pages booklet featuring tour photos & notes by David Singleton & housed in a slipcase.



At first glance, documenting King Crimson would appear to be fairly straightforward: record everything, document everything, issue a release from each tour or, when relevant. With the current touring band(s) that has resulted in an early, partial set from 2014 (Orpheum), a fan favourite Official Bootleg (Toronto 2015), a complete set list audio & video extravaganza with live/virtual studio listening options (Radical Action, 2016), an EP (Heroes, 2017) & the most recent (& current fan favourite), Official Bootleg (Chicago, 2017). It was always part of the plan that an official release would be taken from the 2016 European tour & the Vienna concerts were duly mixed & produced by Chris Porter, David Singleton & Robert Fripp in early/mid 2017 with a view to being released in Autumn 2017 (as happened in Japan).


But King Crimson evolves, changes, morphs as relentlessly as the Soundscapes which open each concert and, when the early half of the US tour produced the Chicago “snapshot” live tapes & with another leg to the USA tour ending for the latter half of the year, DGM opted to issue Chicago as soon as possible in Europe & the USA, temporarily postponing Vienna for a 2018 release.

Although it was a difficult decision to take, substituting a fully mixed, planned for months, release for an entirely different type of album, [Chicago was an ‘Official Bootleg’ taken directly from soundboard tapes], that decision had one further important ramification. Where the Japanese edition of Vienna had, as a bonus for local fans, live tracks from the 2015 Japanese tour, the additional time gained via the release of Chicago, allowed DGM to research & mix a live recording of “Fracture” – a key performance at a number of 2016 European shows & a piece that had not been performed since 1974 – for inclusion on the Vienna set. The recording featured is from Copenhagen in September 2016. There was also time to consider how the, often over-looked, unique to each evening Soundscape performances which open each concert, could be presented in recorded form. The result is a trio of pieces, drawn from nine separate concerts & edited ‘THRaKaTTaK’ style, featuring Robert, Mel & Tony.


King Crimson continues to re-invent & re-imagine both itself & its music; the kind of thing that once would have been called a “progressive” approach. It’s an approach that has benefited band members and listeners alike from January 1969 & continues with tours of Europe & Japan in 2018, the band’s 49th year.

King Crimson European Tour 2018

VIP tickets/packages are available for all dates from this link.

VIP tickets come with:


Access to the venue one hour before doors


Seating in central sections Rows 1-5
Insights into the world of King Crimson and DGM by David Singleton, producer and manager ("the ninth man")


Q&A with one of the eight band members


Exclusive Collectors' Programme signed by all the members


VIP Laminate


Exclusive Crimson Package Tote Bag


Exclusive 4 CD King Crimson collectors set


On-site host 


Please note that the tickets in the package are sold by the band’s management at a better price than & as a way of preventing exploitation of fans via secondary ticket sellers/outlets.

King Crimson Uncertain Times 2018


13 Jun 2018 Earth Hall Poznan


14 Jun 2018 Earth Hall Poznan


16 Jun 2018 ICE Congress Hall Krakow


17 Jun 2018 ICE Congress Hall Krakow


18 Jun 2018 ICE Congress Hall Krakow


20 Jun 2018 Lichtburg Essen


21 Jun 2018 Lichtburg Essen


23 Jun 2018 Stadhalle Vienna


24 Jun 2018 Stadhalle Vienna


26 Jun 2018 Forum Karlin Prague


27 Jun 2018 Forum Karlin Prague


01 Jul 2018 Admiralspalast Berlin


02 Jul 2018 Admiralspalast Berlin


03 Jul 2018 Admiralspalast Berlin


05 Jul 2018 Cirkus Stockholm


06 Jul 2018 Cirkus Stockholm


08 Jul 2018 Sentrum Scene Oslo


09 Jul 2018 Sentrum Scene Oslo


10 Jul 2018 Sentrum Scene Oslo


13 Jul 2018 Concertgebouw Amsterdam


14 Jul 2018 Concertgebouw Amsterdam


16 Jul 2018 Philharmonie Munich


17 Jul 2018 Philharmonie Munich


19 Jul 2018 Teatro Grande Pompeii Naples


20 Jul 2018 Teatro Grande Pompeii Naples


22 Jul 2018 Auditorium Cavea Rome


23 Jul 2018 Auditorium Cavea Rome


25 Jul 2018 Piazza Napoleone Lucca


27 Jul 2018 Teatro La Fenice Venice


28 Jul 2018 Teatro La Fenice Venice

29 Oct 2018 Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth


31 Oct 2018 St David’s Hall Cardiff


02 Nov 2018 Palladium London


03 Nov 2018 Palladium London


06 Nov 2018 Symphony Hall Birmingham


09 Nov 2018 Bridgewater Hall Manchester


12 Nov 2018 Royal Concert Hall Glasgow


15 Nov 2018 L’Olympia Paris


16 Nov 2018 L’Olympia Paris

 

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