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The Return of King Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 19, 2007

Ending weeks of speculation in various online communities, Robert Fripp has revealed in his latest online diary that drummer Gavin Harrison (of Porcupine Tree) will be joining King Crimson.

The band will be playing a series of live dates in Chicago’s Park West – most recently the venue to RF and the LoCG appearance in the windy city.  Fripp notes “Park West is a fave venue, and one I have been working for 27 years. The LCG were here in 1989 & 1990…This is also the venue where, according to our current plans for King Crimson’s return to active-service in 2008, preparatory to the 40th. Anniversary Celebration of 2009, The Beast Of Crim will be playing a 4-night residency in August 2008 with KC’s third double-drumming formation.

The first formation: Jamie Muir & Bill Bruford (1972-73);
the second formation: Pat Mastelotto & Bill Bruford (1994-97);
the third formation: Pat Mastelotto & Gavin Harrison.

A fourth double-drumming formation, of 1981-84 (Adrian & Billy B), doesn’t quite count as Adrian’s primary focus was in the front line.”

Harrison is one of the most respected drummers of his generation, adding a prodigious technique to the work of Porcupine Tree as well collaborating with Jakko Jakszyk on The Bruised Romantic Glee Club, and most recently, Drop – an album with bassist and singer, 05Ric and also featuring contributions from Fripp. Some may recall Drop was featured as a DGMLive giveaway (see my review on the blog), perhaps hinting at Harrison's proposed involvement. Only DGMLive  regular, Chocolatefireguard, spotted the listing on King Crimson's myspace site: the top four musicians have been there for a couple of months now.

More details will be announced regarding  rehearsal schedules and ticket availability as soon as we get them.


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Tony Talking
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jan 31, 2015
Tony Levin was interviewed at NAMM where he talks about the cello, the Levin Brothers and something else. Now what was it...find out here 


Live At The Orpheum At Home 7 - 9
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 29, 2015
Time for another batch of snaps sent in by folks who’ve got their copy of Live At The Orpheum. First up is John who sends his salutations from the borders town of Lauder, in Scotland...



Jeremy in Ashbourne, Victoria in Australia writes "Here’s the download of the album at home with some of its friends"...



Finally, Elijah Hibit (he didn’t say where he was from) sent in this snap...



"My first foray into buying an album on iTunes the day it’s released right onto my phone. It’s kept me company at work ever since. Love it! Thanks for making it available on iTunes! That said...still getting the vinyl next time I hit the ol’ record store. :)"

Please keep your snaps of Live At The Orpheum at home coming in. My own vinyl copy arrived in the office yesterday. You can take a peek over on the blog.

Orpheum Picked
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jan 28, 2015
Live At The Orpheum is the subject of this Critics' Pick. 


Mister Stormy's Tuesday Giveaway
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
OK - this should have gone up yesterday but the hamster running the wheel that generates the steam to crank up my internet connection futzed out on me. There being no rabbit to hand and a very reluctant cat very much intent on not being herded into said wheel, Stormy Mundy's Monday Selection had to wait 24 hours until the hamster could be sufficiently resuscitated. So here it is, Mister Stormy's Monday Selection on a Tuesday: The Night Watch unedited performance from Glasgow 1973. 


Jakko's On The Radio
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
In addition to being interviewed in the January edition of Guitar player magazine, Jakko Jaksyzk is set to appear on radio this week.



He'll be talking things Crimson on Team Rock's Prog Magazine Radio show on Sunday 1st February with host, Phil Wilding.

The KC guitarist has also recorded his own one hour 'Take Over' edition of the show where he chooses the music and talks about his influences, though no transmission date has been fixed yet. Stay tuned for further details. 

Gavin Harrison - Cheating The Polygraph sampler
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
You can hear samples from Gavin Harrison's Cheating The Polygraph album due out in April, right here.  


How To Be A Hero For More Than One Day
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
There are three types of hero and Robert Fripp will be talking with his sister Patricia about which one you might be at the Lady and the Champs 2015 Speakers' Conference on  February 28th and March 1st. Click here to watch Patricia tell you all about it. The workshop will be streamed live  and subscribers get one year's worth of video replays. Check out the Lady and the Champs website for details.


Four Go Forth For Five
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 25, 2015
Last year bassists Julie Slick and Marco Machera released an album entitled Fourth Dementia (which you can sample here). Julie and Marco are about to undertake a short tour of the east coast of the USA. They'll be joined by Pat Mastelotto and guitarist, Tim Motzer.



The dates are:
27 Jan - Gypsy Sally’s, Washington DC
28 Jan - 8x10, Baltimore, MD
29 Jan - NJ Proghouse, Dunellen, NJ
30 Jan - Hard Rock Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
31 Jan - Spectrum, New York City, NY


Fripp For Homework
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 25, 2015
My thanks to Sean H for sending in this link from The Guardian in which Robert Fripp's music is recommended as an aide to studying and homework. "The whole idea is not to let the head drop. Brian Eno may be an obvious choice, but let’s throw in his one-time collaborator, the magnificent Robert Fripp as another option. His At The End Of Time album is a masterstroke: he creates a symphony in sound, and takes you on a trip intense enough to get any piece of work rocking in the right direction. Check out Cerys Mathew's piece in full here.


David Cross Talks Starless Starlight
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 23, 2015
You can watch David Cross talking about the background and inspiration of his forthcoming album, Starless Starlight, right here. The music for the new album, David explains, was inspired after hearing the download of  Robert Fripp's appearance at Blueberry Hill, in St.Louis in 2006. It was here where the guitarist unexpectedly played a variation on the Starless theme amidst his usual soundscapes concert. If you've not heard it, do yourself a favour and take grab this concert.


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