If Meltdown began life reopening the interlocking agenda of ‘80s Crimson, the integration of baton-passing notes between two guitarists and three drummers takes the original idea to a new level altogether. Between those mesmeric spirals, Mel Collins interjects a soulful clarity while Rieflin’s additional Mellotron increases both texture and tension. Within this single number, Crimson provides an object lesson in poise and balance.
Written by Robert A Wright-Stasko
No Complaints
I drove to Rochester, NY from Akron OH to see this show, and I have no regrets or complaints. Before show there was music, food, and beer down every street in Rochester for the jazz festival. I wish I could have been there all week. But I was there to see King Crimson, and I would pay any price to see this fantastic beast of a band (to prove it, I already bought my Royal Package for the Fall tour). Yes, it is true that the band played less music than they normally play on this tour, but it was ...
Written by Chris Seremet
Good Expensive Short Set
The sound was ok where I was....on the floor off to the left. The room is mostly bare stone walls all around with no dampening. Would have been good if ticket prices reflected the shorter set, about two-thirds a normal set. Not sure how that came to be as the rest of the Jazz Fest was in action. I was reasonably happy with the quality of the show, otherwise. Solid playing. But nothing like Montreal! WOW!
Written by Jeff Knighton
Great in Spite of Oposition
As I experienced this show, I had not been peaking and was overjoyed by every note. The sound, as has been noted, was unfortunately flavored by the hall, with a lot of bass cancelation and a very wide down beat. Fripp was sounding very old school Fripp to me at times, stroking dark jazz chords and attacking his leads on some of the older material in a way that made me wonder if he'd been messing around with standard tuning (I doubt it). So, I quickly looked past the sound, knowing instantly t...
Written by Robert Gliddon
View from the back corner
As noted by the posted reviewer, the sound was not good. For myself in the upper deck, back corner our location was the problem. One aspect for my lacklustre experience was the row of people in front of me who had been living in the Jazz Festival's beer tents all day, All head banging and air drumming during the heavy bits and boozy conversations during the quieter sections despite requests to cease and desist. I mean, who in their right mind pays 90$ total to the person beside you? I know tha...