tears of joy
"baby blue, I was there",
and what a special night it was, this 3rd gig at the RAH.
having seen this 4th definite formation of Krimson two times before (@Stuttgart in 2016 and @Munich in 2018), travelling from south-west germany to london with the prospect of seeing them playing at the RAH was like a dream coming true.
to put it simple and straithforward (with a quote): “Sometimes it’s like angels descending from the clouds on chariots of fire, blowing trumpets of gold in your ear. Baby Blue, I was there” . in fact: an outstanding, exceptional experience - what a sublime concert it was.
tight, energetic, relentless, compelling & forceful: those would be some adjectives to describe what can only be experienced live: like a giant force whose beauty lies in the combination of a machine-like, steel-cold precision and the organic cohesion of the individual parts.
there would be various points to talk about: the setlist, consisting of smaller "units" (the first set starting with a "discipline-suite", continuing with a "court-suite"), the outstanding pieces (really difficult to single out some: surely the "discipline-suite" with the propelling precision of "discipline" followed by "frame by frame" with an incredibly forceful yet elegant fripp guitarwork & the best "pictures.." i have heard so far. then of course the "flow" of "level 5 -> islands (!) -> easy money -> starless -> 21stcentury.."), the presence of the players, namely Mr. Fripp in an obviously fiery and fierce mood (Moonchild cadenza! Pictures! Starless!), the overall dramaturgy of the concert ...
but I should probably just mention the physical experience of the whole evening. from the first drum beat it became clear once again, what is missing from even the best live recordings of that incarnation (Toronto, Chicago, Mexico): the feeling of the sheer power of their sound, combined with the rigidness of the lines played: deepness and warmths on the low end combined with sharpness and acidity on the upper registers. here, both of the specific acoustics of RAH as well as the sound system have to be mentioned: i have never before perceived a better sound at a krimson concert (this was my #6, at 5 different concert halls/ venues): loud, but very clear (with the exception of some weak bass sound at the beginning). exceptional.
to summarize: go, see and hear them playing live as long as they tour. for me, definitely the best krimson gig i have attended so far. "baby blue, i was there"