Fripp was also suffering from a stomach bug, noting in his diary that his intestinal composition “was of a fluid disposition”.
Kimberley Haas, who organised the concerts recalls Fripp being “terribly ill”. When Frippertronics expert Al Okada asked if she recalled seeing Fripp being moved to tears by the music (as recounted to Joe Strummer and Vic Garbarini in the June 1981 edition of Musician Magazine), here’s what she said
“...we did talk about this experience. I don’t recall seeing tears, but he described what he felt and inquired about my perception of the performance. I had started out feeling meditative with a focus on some fairly simple lines that he laid down at the beginning, and then becoming enveloped in the more complex harmonies created by the looping lines, building up to a feeling of total immersion. At that time, I was listening to a lot of minimalism and recall similar experiences in other concerts. I’m not describing it very well but can still recall the feelings. I can’t remember at which of the three shows this occurred, but I have a vague recollection of our discussion being during the day, so it would have been the show in the afternoon on February 21st.”
Our thanks to Al Okada for his help in preparing this release.